Drake has convincingly positioned himself as an architect for a borderless age of pop music. The best of More Life expands on that endeavor. Is Drake good at it? He ends the "playlist" confident and seems more himself than in "Views," and by the time you make it to the end (it's an hour and 21 mins) it leaves you excited for whats to come, as this seems like just something he wanted to put out preceding something bigger. It say it's a "playlist" and, if approached that way, it's pretty solid for Drake. Junior Braylon Fernandez loves the Dallas Cowboys, Skittles and Mac-n-Cheese. More Life is a serious commitment, if not a test of one’s patience. If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar. The few choice tracks, high-profile guests, and occasional stylistic shifts aren't enough to keep More Life from being another disappointing release. Torres Describes Harrowing 48 Hours Trying to Return Home, The Viral Countdown: The Race to React to COVID-19, The Cost of Coronavirus: How Young Guv Ended Up Stranded, popularized as a remix by the DJ collective Crazy Cousinz, Ariana Grande Delivers Sultry Yet Forgettable R&B on. Drake's course correction to VIEWS bursts with energy—more South African house, more grime, more Kanye. MORE LIFE REVIEW. Instead, the argument against Drake is the opposite—that he’s too close to the cultures that inspire him, a smothering and clownish presence who is less his own man and more of an actor playing dress-up with slang. They do involve writing. It does exactly what it was intended to do, so on his own terms, it's a resounding success. Toronto-Meets-London sound vibrates from beginning to end, both cities uniting to create a blend of music that appeals to all parties. MUSIC. This voyage was charted in earnest on last year’s Views, which sported only three hits—“One Dance,” “Controlla,” and “Too Good”—that were each tethered to dancehall. But Drake does at least have a better grasp on how to maintain momentum this time. “More Life” is the most recent album from rap artist Drake, the 10th album he has released that was available on iTunes. 22 songs is a challenge — too many tracks can easily jump the rails, leading to an uneven and tiring project. It has everything you want from Drake, from fast-pace to slowed-down and meaningful. Regardless of your opinion of Drake’s music, you have an opinion on Aubrey Drake Graham, and because of this, More Life both succeeds and suffers. More Life is a culmination of the sound that has made Drake so successful. On More Life, his new 22-track… whatever, Drake uses those three records as a launching point for a far superior follow-up that stands as the opus of the second phase of his career. It could be likely that Drake is saving his best bars for a more official project. The student news site of Allen High School. Music Reviews: More Life by Drake released in 2017 via Cash Money, Young Money. Essentially any criticism one can level at More Life is irrelevant. I also appreciated that he had some features from big artists to spice it up and make it different. © 2020 • Privacy Policy • Advertise • FLEX WordPress Theme by SNO • Log in, An inside look at the AHS Invision Dance club. New Track: Drake – “Laugh Now Cry Later” (Feat. Another fan favorite song is “Portland,” which features Quavo and Travis Scott. Then Drake comes on the track, saying, “Watch how you speak on my name,” and the song proceeds to keep the mood with Drake talking about his life and benefits. I’m kind of kidding, but as Drake continues to cement himself as a generational star, it’s worth taking stock of the exact nature of his audacity as a pop musician, the divisiveness of which seems to track exponentially alongside his commercial success. While VIEWS served as an ominous soundscape to a never-ending winter and reflected a booming hunger in the city, his newest release, More Life, presents the fruits of that labour in a sunnier, more celebratory arrangement. “Blem”—island slang for high—is another Drake reimagining of dancehall that winks at you with brief interpolations of Lionel Richie’s cruise ship classic “All Night Long.” “Passionfruit,” a possible people’s champ of a single choice, asks the grime producer Nana Rogues for his version of “Hold On I’m Going Home,” its emotional resonance coming appropriately, though subtly, from its percussion. ... EDIT: Seriously though, not a bad listen really. Its closest recent antecedent is probably Drake’s own Take Care, itself a kaleidoscopic masterpiece that pulled horizontally and vertically from across music. “Glow,” as close to anthemic as this album gets, peels away Kanye’s celebratory Graduation until it’s a just a strip of LED lights flickering in the dark. This video is unavailable. “Ice Melts” doesn’t quite find the place where reggae meets Pimp C’s country-rap funk, but it’s a valiant attempt that nonetheless inspires an emotive Young Thug. Pop music, at least its apex, is the province of the audacious, from Elvis twisting his hips, to Prince, Madonna, and Janet Jackson rearranging sexual norms, to Missy Elliott writing hooks consisting of gibberish and backwards vocals. However, Drake said that “More Life” was not an album, but a playlist built by him. Maybe that makes it a playlist after all. More Life is his finest longform collection in years, cheerfully indulgent at 22 tracks and 82 minutes, a masterful tour of all the grooves in his head. “More Life” has many great songs that I can see being classics in the future, but the album is not perfect. Sign in to comment to your favorite stories, participate in your community and interact with your friends It all stacks up as an agreeable (not wonderful, definitely not boring) assortment of thumpers, enough to pass the time until Drake finds a new culture to pillage. “More Life” was another great album released by Drake, and despite its flaws, I love it. Is he sampling the sounds of the world and returning to those that he likes best, or is he hunting prey and picking their bones clean? The best pop stars do things we don’t expect because they are also things we can’t conceive. This question is as divisive if not more than the other one, but More Life makes a strong argument for Drake being the best sort of pop star, one who uses his power as an incredibly famous musician to synthesize and codify the vast world around him into a consumable and replayable product that brings people together and pushes them apart in equal measures. Another problem I had was with the song “KMT.” The song sounds like a rip-off from XXXTentacion “Look at Me.” It has the same rhythm and tone as XXXTentacion’s original song, but Drake has different lyrics and beats. Looped in with the others as Drake’s idea of dancehall karaoke, it was actually a canny display of his unique ability to construct his own little world out of a constellation of influences. But, as the first three songs bear out, More Life doesn’t lose too much momentum even as it stumbles along its path. Another huge pile of messy and glossy rap material from Drake, now inviting everyone, from Quavo to Giggs, to PARTYNEXTDOOR to Kanye (and hardly getting any good results out of those collaborations). To that end, “One Dance,” his greatest success as an interloper, is undersold as an artistic achievement. But as a collection of totally atomized songs and ideas, it’s up there with anything he’s released. Basketball Q & A with Point Guard Jerritt Dixon, Allen stays perfect on Senior Night against Wylie. However, Drake said that “More Life” was not an album, but a playlist built by him. Drake consumed all of this and spit out his own sub-three minute pop number one, which was a far more entertaining and catchy vessel for the wonderment of pop music than, say, this paragraph. I understand many artists have similar rhythms, but XXXTentacion has a very unique one, and all of a sudden when “Look at Me” gets 42.6 million plays on SoundCloud, Drake releases an identical track. Excluding “Free Smoke,” the album as a whole does not carry this self-centered, fast-paced tone with songs like “Passionfruit,” “Get it Together,” “Madiba Riddim” and “Nothing Into Somethings” that are slow, meaningful songs that remind many fans of Drake’s “Take Care” album. The thing that bothered me the most was the Jamaican tone he put throughout the album.