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Published on May 3rd, 2016 | by gatsbyadmin

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REVIEW – Drake’s Views … From Nowhere

Drake has been running roughshod through the rap business for a while now. 2015 may have been Drake’s biggest year yet. He released the surprise tape ‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late,” memed Meek Mill out of relevance, Hotline Blinged us into confusion about the difference between a real song and a joke, and finished with ‘What A Time To Be Alive,” a collab with Future that even the most stubborn hater had to admit was pretty damn good. Inauthenticity be damned, the man can say words on another level.

Beginning 2016 with the world eating out of his hand, Drake has been feeding his fans singles and recently dropped his awaited ‘Views’ album.

 

I’ll be honest. It is terrible.

“Got so many chains they call me Chaining Tatum.”

That’s a real rhyme. Yes, a rhyme from Drake’s new album. Frankly I am surprised to see a consensus forming that this album is not terrible. Well, am I?

As a longtime listener and amateur aficionado of rap music, I can honestly say I never gave Drake a chance. With so much good rap music out there, who can find time for a Canadian child-TV-star who embarrasses himself at basketball games? Apparently everybody.

My friends swore he had skill so I took Drake seriously during his battle with Meek Mill. No lie, Drake won that. Meek is now dead and this comes from a former fan. And the Future collab? I was on it for a months and I didn’t feel the least bit guilty.

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But this new album is … different. I now believe Drake’s insistence that he is a singer. If you enjoy the emotional, complaining Drake then you may actually enjoy ‘Views.’ If you were cautiously interested in Drake’s momentum toward rapping about real things, however, you may feel a little betrayed. Here we have lyrics about hard topics in a softer form than ever. Here we have Drake claiming to be above “pills” on the same album as Future, an artist who publicly deals with addiction. Here we have a song called “Child’s Play” about sex. Here we have track after track of Drake threatening to return girls to the hood because his privileged ass is too good for them but I guess not good enough to hide the superiority complex. Here we have Drake rapping about his family but also claiming to have done it all himself.

In all fairness, it’s too much to expect Drake to run both the rap game and the sadness game. But is it really too much to ask him to choose? Will fans forever allow Drake to oscillate between identities? When is it too late for authenticity to begin? At what point does artistry end?

Some rhymes are there, no question (“Views,” the last track). Not every beat is sad and bad (“Hype”). And perhaps the harsh criticism only goes to show how high Drake has raised the bar on himself – even to a hater. But a punch-line here or there simply isn’t what we’ve come to expect from one claiming to be the King. Such an effort would never be tolerated from Kendrick, or Tupac, or Nas, or any true rap legend. And any King will tell you that no claim to the throne is permanent.

 

Written by: Martin Osborn @o_z.z_y

 

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