Drake’s long-awaited album Views (previously Views From The 6) dropped Friday and drunk texts to exes increased tenfold worldwide.
Drake’s long-awaited album Views (previously Views From The 6) dropped Friday and drunk texts to exes increased tenfold worldwide. Love him or hate him, Drake’s been amongst the rap elite for several years now accruing both critical and commercial acclaim during what is almost undoubtedly the most competitive era in music, the internet age.
So how, many ask, does Drake continuously release the softest rap album of the year and yet still have hip hop heads the world over spend half of their next paycheck on Bic lighters to hold in the air at Drake’s next concert? Surprisingly, despite his rise to mega stardom, Drake’s latest album proves once more that he is still just like us.
Drake’s a Hot Mess
Regardless of all his fame and coolness, Drake is a hot mess. Keeping in line with his “No New Friends” motto, two-thirds of Views’ first songs are titled, “Keep the Family Close” and “U With Me?” Both songs discuss the lack of loyalty in the people around him and how ride-or-die they’re not.
Then the fourth song is called “Feel No Ways,” and it’s about Drake explaining why he left someone, and how he doesn’t care that they’re upset about it. (Also see: “Faithful” where he vows to be forever faithful.) Listening to these songs back to back may lead you to believe Drake suffers from multiple personality disorder. (Or that separate people altogether are writing the songs. But I won’t go there right now.)
In the very next song, “Hype,” he states in the hook, “my enemies wanna be friends with my other enemies/I don’t let it get to me,” which is proven to be totally false given about 6 songs on this album alone focus on them. Not to mention a song on his last album was called “Enemies,” and his popular diss songs from last year,“Back to Back” and “Charged Up.” These are not songs written by people whose enemies don’t get to them.
Drake is the girl in the bathroom at the club crying in her drink, while saying she doesn’t care that her ex showed up with someone else. There’s no better artist to listen to when you’re drunk in bed in your onesie on a Tuesday Facebook stalking your entire relationship history.
Drake has a song for every mood and emotion, even those in direct opposition to one another, which is frankly the illogical way emotions work. Whether you’re mad, nostalgic, heartsick, in love, or feeling confident, there’s a Drizzy track on Views for you to listen to.
He wears his heart on his sleeve the way no other rapper seems capable of doing as successfully. It’s as if Drake is issuing in the emo era of rap. Listening to Views, one may begin to expect a Death Cab for Cutie feature that never comes.
Drake Loves the Cheesecake Factory Too
It would seem Drake would have nothing in common with you or me. He opens the album dissing Chryslers for not being Bentleys and continues on to talk about putting a woman up in The London’s 42nd floor for a month (suites range from $800-$2000 a night).
However, in one of the most comical hip hop lines of the year, Drake’s first verse in “Child’s Play” starts with, “Why you gotta fight with me at Cheesecake/You know I love to go there!” He then details a story of him and his girl fighting at the mall.
Child’s play indeed. Whether you’re 14 or 41, you’ve been that couple at least once. Or, if you’ve ever been to the Cheesecake Factory, you know the drama of choosing a meal from the novel that is the Cheesecake Factory menu.
Drake Loves You Like Kanye Loves Kanye
Drake’s also perfected 2nd person narration. Drake doesn’t sing into a microphone—he sings to your ear. I listened to this entire album, and all he sings about is “you.” Where other rappers spit bars primarily about their street cred, political movements, lavish parties, etc., Drake focuses mostly on his relationship with you.
Yes, Drake raps about these other topics as well, but oftentimes it’s about how those aspects of his life disrupt his relationships. Drake is the most reluctant success in all of music and makes us feel like those extravagances are just distractions from you.
Sure he has a lot of women on the road, but they’re all nothing compared to you. On “Controlla,” where he sings like he’s Jamaican, apparently because he thinks Rihanna will like it, he goes “I do it how you say you want it/ Them girls, they just wanna take my money/ They don’t want me to give you nothing” You see, there’s “them” and then there’s “you.”
In the end, this works both ways. Either Drake is seducing you, or, as men, we get to serenade a woman with all of the flow and charm of Drake (at least in our own minds).
Srsly, Drake <3 U! 😀
Also, Drake is a total millennial who is on his phone constantly. He’s now using text chat (“Cuts too deep for a band-aid solution/LOLOL I’m glad you find this sh*t amusin”) and text culture (“I wanna know how much time you spent on them paragraphs/ Where you’re getting me/ All that grey in our conversation history…”). Suddenly, Drake isn’t chilling with supermodels in Toronto’s VIP Lounges, he’s looking at his phone, thinking about you.
Perhaps the most Drake line of Drake’s career comes at the beginning of “U With Me?” After sampling a DMX line, Drake swoons, “On some DMX sh*t/I group DM my exes.” The last thing I can picture DMX doing is group texting his exes. There’s never been a less DMX thing to do. Ever. But Drake gets away with evoking DMX while in the same breath expressing how he impulsively succumbs to his emotions and leaves himself vulnerable for those he still feels an unrequited love. Drake can somehow get away with doing that. Whether he should be able to get away with it is irrelevant. The fact is, Drake is a superstar, so he’s already gotten away with it. No one else can. Which is why we like thinking that he’s just like us.
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