As one of the biggest names of modern hip-hop, Drake has officially released four albums, four mixtapes, and most recently, one ¨playlist¨. Drake’s More Life, with a whopping 22 tracks, is a nice refresher in an era of trap music and new chart-topping artists appearing seemingly every month. It’s a nice step back from the hard-hitting heavy beats from the likes of Migos, 21 Savage, Future, and other modern trap artists.
The album explores every corner of Drake’s musical talent, from his signature dance beats similar to One Dance, softer songs meant to get you in your feels like Marvin’s Room, and his ferocious yet silky smooth flows seen in songs like 0 to 100/The Catch Up. More Life not only focuses on Drake’s voice, but features a plethora of other voices, from British artists Skepta and Giggs, to household names like Kanye West and Travis Scott.
Features are not an uncommon thing to see in the hip-hop world, but the unique thing about More Life is that the songs not only feature other artists’ voices, but their musical style as well. Portland, a song featuring Quavo (one of the voices from Migos) and Travis Scott carries a heavy beat and melody style more familiar with Migos and Travis Scott. Glow, a slower song which features Kanye West, sounds like Life of Pablo and Take Care had a love child.
Overall, I think that this is one of Drake’s most solid releases. With his past releases, I often found myself skipping past a few songs to reach the few solid tracks. With More Life, I find myself getting lost in the seamless flow between the songs, making this “playlist” really fill it’s own shoes. Some of my favorites from this playlist are No Long Talk, 4422, Portland, and Nothings Into Somethings.
Chace Martin, Juan Hernandez