by Carla Bynum
Drake is joined by UK rap sensation Giggs on the track “No Long Talk” and he references British street culture heavily on the track.
The third song on the playlist, “Passionfruit” is about the difficulty of long distance relationships and his trust and fidelity issues.
“Jorja’s Interlude” is named after English singer/songwriter Jorja Smith. The songstress released her debut single “Blue Lights” in 2016. The songs outro features a clip from Drake’s acceptance speech after he won the American Music Award in 2016 for “Favorite Artist.,” “And more chune for your headtop, so watch how you speak on my name, you know?”
Jorja joins Drake again and leads the track “Get it Together.” In fact, Drake only appears on the hook. The song is about solving problems in relationships. It was rumored that Jennifer Lopez was featured as the female vocalist on the song and there were even previews that featured her.
Drake can’t tell who his real friends are and he needs some distance from them on the reggae-inspired “Madiba Riddim.” Throughout his quest for fame, Drake has struggled with friendships and he’s seen people go crazy over his money and he’s not interested.
“Blem” is another Caribbean-inspired song on the playlist. Since the release of More Life, the search for the term blem, which means to be high on marijuana, has skyrocketed.
The bulk of the track “4422” was written and produced by British singer Sampha. There has been speculation that the song is based on the bible verse Isaiah 44:22 which talks about forgiveness. This marks the third collaboration between Drake and Sampha.
“Gyalchester” is guaranteed to be a radio hit with its catchy hook and hot beat. The song’s title is a reference to the Jamaican parish of Manchester.
“Skepta Interlude” is named after the UK Grime artist Skepta who is featured on the song. The song is sure to be a fan favorite due largely in part to Skepta’s gritty rhymes and the catchy beat.
Quavo and Travi$ Scott are seemingly the perfect collaborators because every song they appear on together is a banger. That’s no different for the song “Portland.” All three rappers talk about standing out from the crowd and being trailblazers instead of following the crowd.
Drake collaborates with Atlanta rappers 2 Chainz and Young Thug on the track “Sacrifices.” They rap about the sacrifices they had to make in their lives to get where they are now.
“Nothings to Something” starts with a snippet of DJ Paul asking about slow songs and Drake delivers. Drake refers to some tensions between him and an ex. The song also makes reference to an ex who recently got engaged so it’s believed that he’s talking about Serena Williams. Through it all, he just hopes he’s at least invited to the wedding.
The track “Teenage Fever” is about another one of his many love interests. The song also features a sample of Jennifer Lopez’s “If You Had My Love” so this song is likely dedicated to her and the out of body experience Drake felt when he was with her.
The playlist’s next track “KMT,” which stands for kiss my teeth, features rapper Giggs in his second album appearance. The song has proven to be controversial because Drake is accused of stealing the majority of the rhythm and sound from artist XXXTENTACION’s song “Look at Me!”
On the track “Lose You,” Drake wonders if his dedication to his career is causing him to lose the people he loves most.
Drake realizes he “Can’t Have Everything” he desires in his life but that won’t stop him from trying to conquer everything he wants. The song ends with his mother telling him to remain positive through everything because negativity will only bring him down. “When others go low, we go high.”
Kanye West joins Drake on the track “Glow” about how their careers have changed over the years. Kanye remembers when he used to perform and nobody showed up and now he’s one of the most loved artists in the game. They let listeners know they will continue to shine so doubters better watch out. The song closes with a sample from Earth, Wind and Fire’s song “Devotion.”
PARTYNEXTDOOR joins Drake on the semi-ballad “Since Way Back,” a song dedicated to their exes. PND starts the song and sings about a girl he was warned was bad news. Drake sings about a girl he misses and wishes things were back to the way they were before.
By now, we’re all familiar with the hit song “Fake Love” and we can likely relate somewhat to the lyrics. Drake sings about people in his life who only show him love because of his money and success.
Young Thug makes his second appearance on the song “Ice Melts.” It’s a lighthearted song dedicated to one of Drake’s many love interests. Whoever he’s talking about, he wants her to know he wants her all to himself.
Drake lets it all out on the final song “Do Not Disturb.” He raps about everything that has happened to him since the release of his album Views last year. He was in an angry state and didn’t recognize himself. The song samples the vocals of Swedish singer Aalegra Snoh. Drake closes the song on a reassuring note:
Takin' summer off, 'cause they tell me I need recovery
Maybe gettin' back to my regular life will humble me
I'll be back in 2018 to give you the summary
Drake is one of the most versatile artists in the game and that is likely how he has been able to gain so much success. None of his albums sound the same. Drake was smart to create his own playlist because it allows Drake to pay homage to artists he likes and that have influenced him such as Vybz Kartel and Skepta. While More Life is a great collection of music, it is on the lengthy side. It’s easy to lose interest about midway but he closes out strong.
Recommended Tracks: “Glow,” “Sacrifices,” “Skepta Interlude” “Portland”