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Review of Drake’s fourth studio album “Views”

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We’ve been waiting for this album since 2014. Almost immediately after releasing Nothing Was The Same in late 2013, Drake announced the title to his follow up Views From The 6 and that he was already in the process of working on it. In 2015 we got If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late and that did not disappoint at all. But even after that, everyone was still talking about Views and what it could possibly mean to the hip hop world. Arguably the biggest celebrity at the moment, Drake sets himself up for failure early on in the album by calling it a classic only 4 songs in.

Views is in no way a bad album. It’s just Drake being Drake, which we’ve gotten many times before. He plays it so safe it’s almost sad. Yes, the Toronto artist added some dancehall flare with songs like “One Dance,” “Too Good” & “Controlla.” But that just isn’t enough anymore. Every song sounds too much like past work, lyrically and stylistically. It is almost as though every song could have somehow found it’s way onto one of Drake’s past albums.

Drake’s right hand man Noah “40” Shebib does an amazing job with the majority of the production and mixing/mastering. Drake sings more than ever on the album and his performance is phenomenal. Songs like “Feel No Ways” & “With You” have Drake hitting notes that I’ve never heard him hit before. Drake’s growth has been something amazing to watch over the years and for him to be able to sing like the majority of pop stars today is pretty fascinated considering he made his name rapping with Lil’ Wayne.

In terms of bars, Drake really goes in on “Hype” & “Still Here.” No features just bar after bar after bar. Those two are by far my favorite on the album. “Grammys” featuring Future sounds like it was recorded during the What A Time To Be Alive sessions but it still was a pleasant surprise to hear future body another verse. Overall, I wish Drake would have rapped a bit more but we always have If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late to go back to.

After all said and done, Views is Drake’s safe album. It won’t be remembered like Take Care will be. Yes, it will be in rotation for quite sometime and it will obviously be talked about for months to come. But the real question is what is next for Drake. He can’t keep using the same formula in his music and that is apparent. No one will get bored listening to it but for music heads like myself I just want MORE. Hopefully we get that Drake/Kanye mixtape he hinted at during the Zane Lowe interview. Now that would be something.

What did you guys think? If you haven’t listened to the album yet, you can check it out on Apple Music here. Happy listening!

Written by Erik Lindberg

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Smooth Waves: Best of April Playlist

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What a month it’s been. New music from all sorts of people, Mick Jenkins, Lil Yachty, Drake and Action Bronson to name a few. We also got a new album from ASAP Ferg and Drake’s Views From The 6 is coming out in the next 3 days. What a time to be alive. The playlist below has sounds from all the big names of the month and some new names that you might not know. Spanning from Appleby, the mysterious Chicago artist who has yet to show his face, and I’m willing to bet you haven’t heard before, to “All The Way Up” by Fat Joe (yeah that rapper from 2006). Give it a listen below, you won’t be disappointed.

Written by Jesse Wiles

Playlist by Asa Hatten and Jesse Wiles

Drake drops artwork for ‘Views From The 6’

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There’s just 5 days left before the release of this years most anticipated project, Drake’s Views From The 6. Today the 6 god dropped off the official artwork for the album. Check out little Drake posted up on that famous building in Toronto. Slightly reminiscent of J.Cole’s 2014 Summer Hills Drive cover. Check it out above and get ready for Views.

Written by Jesse Wiles

Here’s the first single off of Drake’s ‘Views From The 6″

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Man, we’ve been waiting for forever to get something off of Views From The 6th. I started to wonder if we’d even get a single off the album before the release date, which we still don’t know. Anyway, we finally got a single in the form of “Sweet Sixteen.” I’m not gonna say anything about the quality of it or whether it peaks my interest for the album a little bit more, but it’s new Drake and that’s what matters. He’s got a really funny line about having a bigger pool than Kanye though towards the second half of the song.

Summer 16 via iTunes

Written by Jesse Wiles

All of Drake’s four new songs are hits

screen-shot-2015-04-09-at-12-31-40-pmIn the midst of one of the biggest rap beefs in recent history, finishing up and album, scheduling a tour and a legal battle against Birdman and Cash Money, Drake is still able to drop not just one hit, but FOUR. Drake is on fire. His latest four songs, “Back To Back Freestyle,” “Right Hand,” “Charged Up,” and “Hotline Bling” have been on repeat for days. I felt it was only right to update the site finally and give this man the respect he deserves. I personally cannot wait for Views From the 6 which is supposed to drop sometime before the summer. In some ways it could turn into a race between Drizzy and Kanye West to win the summer since no one has taken the crown yet. Even though two of the four tracks are diss tracks towards Meek Mill, the Toronto artists has a bunch of relatable lines thrown in throughout. In case you missed any of the four tracks, stream below and stay tuned to Smooth Waves for more on Drake and his album.

Written by E.L.