“Yeah, stylin' though
Dissin’, but got pictures with me smilin' though
All the things you need, you still want problems though
All the things I know, I still been silent though
Yeah, used to be at SilverCity Indigo
Used to be in lunchroom, playin' dominoes
I don’t want to have to go to funerals
I gotta stop sleepin' at the studio
I don't have no time to be no Romeo
All the love I need is at the rodeo
All the love I need is here at OVO, yeah
All the girls I know are there with E and Tho
Who knows where I end up when that shit gets old?
Maybe it never gets old and that's just how it goes
Last table left in Carbone, callin' plays on a rotary phone
I take a glass of Dom'ignon to go with me home
Might move our annual shit to the 'Dome
I need 40,000 people to see what I'm on
Yeah, ducked a lot of spiteful moves
I was an angry yute when I was writin’ Views
Saw a side of myself that I just never knew
I’ll probably self-destruct if I ever lose, but I never do"
-Do Not Disturb
Drake just dropped a new album, but as he puts it, a "playlist for life". He was right. Drake has produced some of his best work, you can hear the growth and maturity with every track. With amazing features including the Ovo Crew, Kanya, Jorja Smith, Giggs, Travis Scott, 21 Savage, Black Coffee, Nai Palm, Sampha (basically a solo track that is breathtaking ), Young Thug, PARTYNEXTDOOR, 2 Chainz and not to mention a sample from the one and only Jennifer Lopez. Drake offers a dance playlist that can quickly go hard. Drake has developed his sound, giving you inspiration from Caribbean/ African culture which you can distinctly hear in tracks Passionfruit (which contains a sample of Moodyman in the intro) Madiba Riddim, Get it Together and Blem. There is a lot of clarity within this playlist, you sense the direction Drake is trying to accomplish. He isn't playing games anymore. Maybe he never was trying to in the first place, but now it's crystal clear. Drake is here for music, for putting out real work and of course, dealing with fake love, the music industry and the same ol' beef back and forth culture within hip-hop. But Drake wants more, he's ready to take over.
This playlist gives you the nostalgia of Drake in his beginning with those soft temples, his same ol love song, looking to a women who would just listen vibe like in track Teenage Fever (R.Kelly helped write this song too so you know you're gonna be in your feelings) and Nothings into Somethings. Drake gives you his harder side when he needs to make a point, like in tracks Lose You and Do Not Disturb and Can't Have Everything. His features also help elevate the sound; this collection feels extremely thoughtful, powerful, almost trying too hard to make his point, or at least making sure he tops whatever chart to get to the next project. Favorite tracks include Free Smoke, Passionfruit, Lose You, Get It Together, Glow (which features Kanye and they sampled Earth Wind & Fire, need I say more?!), Since Way Back, Blem, Lose You and Do Not Disturb. This will definitely be playlist or "album" of the year!
Words by Tesia Pennie