VIEWS FROM THE 6: ALBUM REVIEW

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VIEWS sign in Toronto.

Cold, ice cold. Cold in a minus 20 in the 6 way. Cold in the way “VIEWS” formerly known as “VIEWS FROM THE 6” starts off. With the air howling, it sends shivers down every person’s spine who knows how cold winters get in our city.

 

Much of Drake’s highly anticipated spring album titled “VIEWS” leaves a lot of his haters out in the cold (sorry Marques Houston), but somewhere in the middle Drake takes us into summer and that’s really all we can hope for.

I’ll start off by saying my favourite album from Drake is hands down Take Care, it’s an album where I still play it through in full four years later. You get a sense of what type of Drake I’m down for, having said that I think “VIEWS” is a great album; I just don’t think it hit the target of what I was hoping for it to be. I think that’s what happens when something is so hyped like “Views from the 6” was, Drake hyped It up as an ode to Toronto, but then removed the 6 from the album name a few days before the drop.

And it’s not like the album is riddled with Toronto references any more than his other albums. Sure, Weston Road Flow is titled after a major road in Toronto, cool. He talks about the TTC, how original. Vince Carter, been gone.

Still, I’m down for this cold angry version of Drake. His beats are harder, right off the top on ‘Keep the Family Close’ the back end of the track has some harsh beats that hit you, then he talks about how he turned the 6 upside down, literally titling the track ‘9’. He even samples DMX at the beginning of ‘U With Me?’ aka the angriest person alive.

But this angry Drake also has a lot to say, and he says it straight up, with no holding back. On ‘U With Me?’ he talks about other artists putting a price on his songs, ‘A lotta n***as cut the cheque so they could take this flow’. He gets a little playful in ‘Weston Road Flows’ referencing a popular Vine saying, ‘I’m lookin’ at the first week numbers like what are those!’ At the end of the track, he quietly samples Jelleestone’s ‘Money Can’t Buy Me Happiness’ remember that song?

Then there’s Drake and all the girls. We don’t know who all these girls are, and maybe there isn’t a whole bunch of girls, maybe it’s like two girls, but he definitely makes it sound like there’s a whole lot going on there and it’s all juicy. He makes you want to listen, like listen real hard, drown out the background beat and just listen to his words. You’re waiting for the Ri drop, and then it happens on ‘Hype’, ‘You cannot be right next to me, Don’t you see Riri right next to me?’ I don’t know what his intention was with the girl at the beginning of ‘Faithful’ but it’s laughable. “Drake: You expensive you know that? Girl: I’m high maintenance but not in a negative way. I just like extremely expensive things” The part that made me laugh the hardest was the opening voice over of ‘Child’s Play’, “Breaking News my n***as, if your girlfriend has went to any season opener basketball game, best believe she’s f****** somebody on the basketball team”

So is it entertaining? Yes. Is it TTC commute and/or delayed due to an emergency alarm activated on another train worthy? For sure. Are there some tracks I advise you to stray from? Yes. ‘Summers Over Interlude’ is the shortest track on the album and it really is some mellow interlude-y track that doesn’t really go anywhere. Listen to it, hear the words, and then you’ll probably never go back there. Besides, who wants to sing about the summer being over when it hasn’t even begun? I’m not crazy about ‘Redemption’, it’s super slow, and barely has a beat to it, it reminds me of ‘Cece’s Interlude’ from Thank Me Later.

Drake, I still don’t forgive you for removing the 6 from the album name, but obvi I love you. Bye.

Drake Lashes Out on Twitter!

What’s my man up to now? Well, after Rolling Stone featured Philip Seymour Hoffman on this month’s cover instead of Drake, he took to the Twitterverse and let his fans know just how he felt.

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Two things to say about this:

1) Drake, you are one of my favourite artists the other being a close tie between RiRi and Yonce. You’ve been in this game a while now so you should know how this all works. Even though we all want to hear what’s in your heart, you don’t need to get on Twitter and act like a 15-year old.

2) I get it, Hoffman was a genius/amazing actor/friend/father/whatever he can be praised for, but the man killed himself. Why do we idolize these celebrities when the reason they’re gone is literally because they wanted to be gone? Did they really have to change this month’s cover last minute to feature Hoffman instead of Drake? Probably not, but they’re Rolling Stone so they can do whatever the f*#@ they want.

Drizz, next time just call me -we’ll talk about it together.

 

 

Song of the Week: DRAKE

Check out our Song of the Week called ‘Trophies’ by none other than Drake. He performed a snippet of this song on this past weekend’s episode of Saturday Night Live.

 

By the way, his performance on SNL was absolutely brilliant. I’ve never seen an episode where I’ve laughed at every single sketch. With him, the entire night was hilarious, he’s such an entertainer, and he’s even funnier when he’s making fun of celebs. Lil’ Wayne, Jay-Z were some of the impersonations he did on Saturday night.

 

Song and Video of the Week!

I’m on my Worst Behavior! Hold your horses, it’s going to be a quiet week in TV as most shows are still on hiatus. To keep you entertained, we thought this video by Drake could do the trick. It does for me anyways!

 

 

DRAKE: WU TANG FOREVER LEAKED

Check out the song leaked from Drake’s new album Nothing Was the Same’ the track is produced by Drizzy’s main man Noah ’40’ Shebib. It’s called WU TANG FOREVER and it is freakin’ hot…cannot wait for the whole album. I swear I’ll only leak this one.

http://youtu.be/LlmYpzLxtkM

Don’t forget to watch Drake on Jimmy Fallon tonight when he performs another track off his album called ‘Too Much’.

The album Nothing Was The Same drops September 24th 2013.


					

The DRAKE Interview.

With Drake’s third major label album on the horizon, (Sept 24) the Toronto rapper sits down with Billboard magazine to discuss his current state of mind, and what’s behind that sexy electrifying smile.

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Billboard Cover Story

By Reggie Ugwu

 

Since he first popularized the millennial proverb and Oxford English Dictionary word of the year candidate YOLO (You Only Live Once) on the song “The Motto” two years ago, Drake has gone from being the hope of a new generation of rappers to the poet laureate of a new generation of adults. The phrase “started from the bottom” isn’t just the name of his 2013 Billboard Hot 100 top 10 single: It’s shorthand for denoting triumph despite inauspicious beginnings. “No New Friends” (featuring Rick Ross and Lil Wayne), the spiritual successor to “Started From the Bottom,” is more than a club banger-the saying itself is repellent for poseurs.

“I’ll be out trying to get a sandwich or something and the guy will say to me, ‘I’d give you a free drink with that, but you know, no new friends,'” Drake says with a laugh. “I swear I’m not sitting around going, ‘What’s the new meme going to be?’ But I do spend a lot of time when I’m writing, especially lately, trying to make something for people to live by. I’m trying to make anthems that are empowering to people, to find phrases that I haven’t heard before. I’m not just going to sit here and be like, ‘Fuckin’ bitches, getting money!'”

With all that momentum, it’s easy to see why Drake, and his tightly knit, proudly self-sufficient crew ­October’s Very Own, are starting to see the world as their oyster. Drake was always the brooding, introspective type, pondering the downsides of success even before he could finish boasting about achieving it. But these days, he’s more comfortable in his skin than he’s ever been before. For once he’s not anxious about finding love, or the haters, or the kind of music he wants to make. The guy who once infamously sang the words “I wish I wasn’t famous,” is, for the moment, happy.

“There’s a lot less sort of ambient ballad moments on this album where I’m searching or longing for something,” Drake says of Nothing Was the Same. “That sentiment is gone. Now I’m just kind of like, ‘You know, I’m 26, I don’t know what the fuck else I could be doing better than this. I feel incredible about how I’m able to support my family and friends and how supportive my family and friends have been of me.’

“A lot of people get on and it’s like they’re just waiting to get more on,” he continues. “They’re always waiting for a bigger moment to come. But I’ve started to realize that this is it, this is the moment. And it reads, you know? People come up to me now and they’re like, ‘Man, you look good! You look like you’re happy.'”

That inner peace has so far held up against external stressors. Drake says he’s made it a habit to ignore all commentary about him online, positive or negative. On any of the numerous occasions when another rapper tries to goad him into a public contest, he’s trying to let it roll off his shoulders. After hearing West Coast peer Kendrick Lamar’s instantly incendiary verse on Big Sean’s recent single “Control,” in which Lamar goes for the jugular of every rapper he deems a threat, including Drake, the latter says he “went about my day, went and got dinner and kept it moving.”

“I didn’t really have anything to say about it,” Drake says of the verse, which has so far inspired responses from A$AP Rocky, Joey Bada$$, former Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson and too many others to count. “It just sounded like an ambitious thought to me. That’s all it was. I know good and well that Kendrick’s not murdering me, at all, in any platform. So when that day presents itself, I guess we can revisit the topic.”

Much of the energy Drake isn’t spending on worrying or feuds has gone into growing his October’s Very Own movement, the nucleus of which is his native Toronto. OVO started as a crew with a blog in 2008, a platform that served as a kind of post-Hypebeast, pre-Tumblr manifestation of its members’ taste in expensive shoes and indie music. But as Drake’s career took off, so did the crew’s ambitions.

In 2010 it celebrated the inaugural OVO Fest, an annual, Drake-centric summer festival in Toronto now backed by Live Nation. In the four years since its debut, the festival has drawn superstars including Kanye West, Stevie Wonder, Jay Z, Eminem, Lil Wayne, Sean “Diddy” Combs and a reunited TLC, to name a few.

Last year, Drake and OVO partners Oliver El-Khatib, Drake’s co-manager, and Noah “40” Shebib, his longtime producer/engineer/confidante, took a logical next step when they signed a deal to launch OVO Sound, a new label set up at Warner Bros. Records.

“We had talked about a label for years, but now is the time when it feels right,” says El-Khatib, 29. “We’re mature enough and we understand the business enough and we have the infrastructure now. It’s not so scary anymore.”

Read more  of this article by Reggie Ugwu on www.billboard.com 

D R A K E: OVOFEST

Unfortunately, I missed the concert of the millennium. Last night was Drake’s infamous Toronto OVO concert. The two day music festival was supposed to feature Frank Ocean on the first night, but after a vocal injury, Ocean cancelled his performance.

Leave it to Drake to never disappoint his fans. The ‘Started From the Bottom’ singer showed how devoted he is to his city and fans by bringing out Kanye West, Ma$e, and Diddy!! What an incredible lineup, I would’ve been happy just watching him all night.

Here is his new track titled ‘Hold On We’re Going Home’. His album ‘Nothing Was The Same’ drops September 17th 2013.

 

Here’s what Kanye had to say about Drizz.

“Me & Hov would have never made “Watch the Throne”, if this n**** (Drake) wasn’t putting pressure on us like that” That is HUGE. Well done boi.

 

 

Song of the Week: Drake ‘Where Were You’

Song of the Week goes to Drizzy Drake ft Dawn Richard titled “Where Were You”.

Check it outtttt.

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