Drake Finally Releases "More Life"…Was It Worth The Wait?

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With the Saturday release of his album/playlist More Life, the former Degrassi teen actor seems to have got back on the critics' good side, but scrutinising his love misadventures won't help his street credibility. Features on the 6ix God's latest project include Quavo, Travis Scott, 2 Chainz, Kanye West, Young Thug, Giggs and PartyNextDoor as well as United Kingdom acts like Jorja Smith, Skepta and Giggs.

For Drake, Caribbean music and Jamaican patois on last year's Views confirmed his global ambition - and in the process, gained him some of his biggest, most pervasive Top 40 hits, including "One Dance", his first Number One as a lead artist. After teasing us with Instagram's of the pair cuddling in the studio, we were dead cert that when the album was announced back in December, we'd hear the Latinx's vocals on More Life, but they were notably absent. It plays as more of several glimpses into Drake's life than a cohesive work. Undoubtedly, Drake can assemble producers and features that serve the project at hand and build a solid, cohesive product. That's why he's trying to call it a playlist because he has a bunch of people in a space, hanging out...

After trying his hand at dance records on "Views", the "Sneakin" rapper goes all out on "More Life" with songs like "Passionfruit" and "Madiba Riddim", and he also introduces the US crowd to the U.K.'s grime sound with features from Skepta and Giggs. One more interesting feature comes from Quavo on the previous record, "Portland". It's unclear how many listeners tuned in, however.

As it turns out, J.Lo does appear on More Life, but not in the capacity that many first thought.

Africa also gets a share of the spoils, as Kwaito music - the dominant sound of South Africa - is supplied by a collaboration with leading DJ, Black Coffee, on 'Madiba Riddim'. I really enjoyed the summer vibes, the "Take Care"/old Drake hints here in there, and the ratio between party songs and more chill ones. For more than a year "Hotline Bling" became a cultural phenomena, seeping its way into internet culture in pure Drake style. And based on what he has already spent four releases divulging, how much more to his life is there? The album broke sales records and set a new trend for streaming in the new age of music. Production on the project includes OVO40, Frank Dukes, Kanye West, Boi-1da, Murda Beatz, Nineteen85 and PartyNextDooor. Does his tourism actually result in music you want to listen to? By the second interlude I recognized that's what was happening.

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