Album Review: More Life by Drake

Sunday, October 1, 2017

For 2015-2017, Drake was popping out new music every month, it felt like! Every time I checked in on iTunes, he had new music and it almost made me dizzy, lol. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Drake, I just couldn't believe hoe much music he was generating.

Anyways, I when I heard Passionfruit, I fell in love. Because as Drake leans more and more into rapping and not so much singing, as he did with his first albums Thank Me Later and Take Care, we have to admit, Drake has an amazing singing voice. So with the release of Passionfruit, among more harsher rap songs, we get a piece of the lovable, gentle Drake (as opposed to hardass, gangsta Drake). (Note: his last few albums have had their Passionfruit type of pop tracks, anyways).

An album a year, Drake has kept his secured spot in my heart but I was finding his music more of an adjustment because again, his last few albums albums feature more "gangsta" Drake than the fun, sweetheart Drake that landed him on the charts. Nothing wrong with his music evolving, I respect Drake nonetheless, but I'm always kind of... nervous to hear his albums and just yesterday I finally downloaded More Life.

First of all,  other than What A Time To Be Alive, I own all of Drake's albums. More Life definitely features more "pop" and rhythmic tracks, more music to dance to, sing to, and have fun with. These songs include Get it Together, Madiba Riddim, and Fake Love. What I have found with Drake's recent albums and his growing focus on rapping is that he's using his music to open up more about his life, as a rapper and as a son. He raps about fame, recording music, women, competition, trust, friendships, and so on. He's opening up more about various topics and not just singing about love or partying. Tracks like Free Smoke are about how people close to you will take advantage and how his life evolved before the fame, and tracks like Can't Have Everything shine light on how he feels he never has enough, whether it be money, friends, or recognition. That track ends with a recording form a family member sharing how Drake isn't himself these days and has so much going for him.

I really like this album. I feel that the tracks expose more of how Drake feels and the human he is now, as opposed to what he wants or wants to say. His music is maturing into music about a human being and what we see versus what he sees versus what those close to him see.

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