Drake‘s More Life has to be the “album” of the moment (I’ll get to the playlist part in a moment) and it has been compared with Rick Ross’ Rather You Than Me, especially since they both dropped in the same week. I will agree that RYTM is more of a Hip-Hop project than More Life but I’d like to think that the experimentation that Drake performed worked. I’m talking about his dabbling in South African house music (courtesy of Black Coffee, who is also responsible for an Alicia Keys’ In Common Remix) and his inclusion of the popular UK Hip-Hop variant Grime.
WTF is a playlist though? To me this is an album in every sense of the word. Or is this an excuse to do a project that doesn’t add to his album count. Speaking on his OVO Sound Radio show on Beats 1 Drake said,
“I’m off like mixtapes, I want to do a playlist. I want to give you a collection of songs that become the soundtrack to your life, so this More Life: The Playlist. Like I said, dropping in December. All original music from me. You might hear some tunes from the family on there, but I’m just really excited. I had a great tour, I had a great summer. And most people, I guess, would like go probably take a break. But for me I just want to get right back to it. Be with the people again.”
Like the controversy revealed in “Two Birds, One Stone” Drake does some namedropping and fires some shots on this project.
Free Smoke – On the opening track Free Smoke he raps, “I drunk text J-Lo / Old number, so it bounce back” which may imply that he still has some lingering feelings but alas this is not the only J-Lo reference.
Meek Mill gets his first shot with, “How you let the kid fightin’ / Ghost-writin’ rumors turn you to a ghost?” . This is in reference to how their beef started when Meek Mill claimed that Drake had ghostwriters… then the Ls happened.
Jay-Z also gets his first shot with, “I didn’t listen to Hov on that old song / When he told me pay it no mind / I get more satisfaction outta goin at your head”. For those wondering which old song is being referenced here, it’s Light Up (off Drake’s 2010 debut album Thank Me Later).
Kid Cudi gets a shot too with, “Please come outside the house and show yourself / So I can say it your face”. This is in reference to Kid Cudi’s tweet (which he has since deleted) where he said,“@Drake Say it to face, pussy. You think it’s a game. I wanna see you say it to my face. I’ll be out soon. Promise.”. Another supposed shot at Kid Cudi could be the line, “Y’all keep playin’ with your nose, yeah / You get high and do the most, yeah.”, a reference to Cudi’s drug problem.
Get It Together – There is no noticeable diss here but when you find out that J-Lo was crapped from this track in favour of Jorja…..
Portland – Jay-Z gets more shots with the lines, “I could never have a kid, then be out here still kiddin’ around” and “Fake fck with me back then / But it’s gettin’ hard for you to fake it now / Fck bein’ rich when I’m forty, man, I’m tryna make it now”. Drake seems to be mocking Jay-Z’s age and that Jay’s love for him was fake. cues Fake Love
Sacrifices – Tory Lanez gets his first shot here (not that this was surprising) with, “Couple niggers from the city / Wishin’ on a star, could they be like Drake / Sorry, no, not today, you gotta find your own way”.
Nothings Into Somethings – “Did I just read that you just got engaged on me? / I heard from your friend, you couldn’t even tell me / Or better yet, wait on me… At least do I get an invitation or something / A statement or something / Ask about that, you would say it was nothing.”. Drake seems to be draking (pun intended) over Serena Williams who recently got engaged.
Teenage Fever – For the final J-Lo reference Drake also makes a subtle hint that dating her was a teenage dream of his by sampling her single “If You Had My Love”, which ironically came out when Drake was a teenager.
Lose You – “All you did was write the book on garbage-ass Rollies / Ego strokin’, picture postin’ / Claimin’ that you’d do it for motivational purposes only / But you just had to show me”. Given Meek’s love for rhyming about rollies all fingers point to him, but that’s not the last shot he took…
Can’t Have Everything – Birdman catches…another one (after Idols Become Rivals) with, “I mean, I keep the f*ckin’ lights on in the building / Man, my record deal should be 500 million”.
Oh, wait Meek gets it too. “Tried to serve me up a cheese steak / I gave them back a clean plate… / That’s when the phone starts ringin’, like, are we straight?”
Ice Melts – It may be safe to say that Drake still wants some Minaj with, “Look, I want you to myself / But I know you just left someone else / I know you did, he did a number on you / That must be why you move so icy”.
Do Not Disturb – “If we do a song it’s like takin’ my kids to work with me / You overnight celebrity, you one day star, swear I told you that I’m in this btch for eternity / I am a reflection of all of your insecurities, behind closed doors, a lot of 6 God worshipping / Done talk now, ’cause there’s other sht that’s concernin’ me.”. This ought be an obvious one with the “day star” mention…
Possible mentioning that this is his last release for 2017 Drake ends the project with the lines, “Taking 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”
More Life. More time with family and friends. More Life. I’ve still got vibrations to send. More Life. They say that we could live forever At night I pray it’s true I’ve done so much in my short time and still there’s more to do But if someone should come collecting Sooner than we’re all expecting At least the life you lived was one for you – Drake