MoreLife

Alex’s Analysis on More Life

Written by: Alex Cotterman

Following Drake’s 2016 Grammy Award winning album “Views”, the Toronto native released his eighth professional project “More Life” on Mar. 18, 2017. The 22 track project has been called, by Drake himself, “a playlist”, not an album. The playlist features a variety of different styles and feels, but is strongly influenced by London’s urban slang and rap. After several listens, I’ve constructed my official review of “More Life”.

 

Tracks:

 

  • Free Smoke– The first track on the playlist is an upbeat, almost generic rap song. Drizzy raps about the typical rap stereotypes of money and fame. “Free Smoke” isn’t a memorable song, but that doesn’t make it a bad one. 2.5/5
  • No Long Talk(feat. Giggs)- In “No Long Talk”, Drake’s recent interest in London’s rap culture can clearly be seen. Drake gives a brief intro before, English rapper, Giggs, comes in and makes the song his own. Pair that with an intense beat, and the duo made one of the better songs on the album. 4/5
  • Passionfruit– “Passionfruit” has an extended intro before the Drake vocals come in. Passionfruit will certainly compete for the song of the summer, as it is destined to be a radio hit. The song feels like a spiritual successor to Drake’s 2013 song “Hold On We’re Going Home”. 4/5
  • Jorja Interlude- Drake puts together (arguably) the best verse on the playlist in less than two minutes. “Jorja Interlude” is easily the best interlude Drake has had in awhile. The same outro from Drake’s 2012 song “Doing it Wrong” can also be heard in the outro of this tune and is a nice easter egg for long time Drake fans. 4/5
  • Get It Together (feat. Black Coffee & Jorja Smith)- “Get it Together” showcases the talents of Black Coffee and Jorja Smith, while sprinkling in enough Drake to be considered a Drake song. Nevertheless, the trio of artists put together the catchiest song on the record. 3.5/5
  • Madiba Riddim- “Madiba Riddim” is an upbeat, energetic and lighthearted song. Drake’s vocals more closely resemble an R&B style, rather than his patented rap style. Regardless, the “riddim” in this song is great, as are the lyrics. 4/5
  • Blem –”I might just say how I feel” and say that this song is one of my favorites. The verses in this song are catchy and the chorus is an absolute earworm. Some may say this one is repetitive, but in my admittedly biased opinion, “Blem” certainly is enjoyable.  3.5/5
  • 4422 (feat. Sampha) – Drake never appears on “4422”, but that doesn’t keep it from being an enjoyable song. British singer Sampha paired with a smooth instrumental in the background creates an emotional, yet chilling tune. 3.5/5
  • Gyalchester- In “Gyalchester”, Drake single handedly shows why he’s the king of 2017’s rap game. 4.5/5
  • Skepta Interlude- Drake goes two-for-two on his interludes. This time, Skepta performs solo and impresses with his fast and energetic rap flow. 3/5
  • Portland (feat. Quavo and Travis Scott)- The trio of big time rappers combine to make one of the most enjoyable songs on More Life. Drake may have his hardest verse on the album. Quavo also continues to make his case for 2017’s best newcomer on the hip-hop landscape. 5/5
  • Sacrifices (feat. 2 Chainz & Young Thug) The track starts with a smooth piano then the beat takes a hard turn and the hip hop beat comes in. Drake has a fairly forgettable verse, but that is made up by 2 Chainz and Young Thugs features. 2/5
  • Nothings Into Somethings – Around this point in the album, the songs seem to blend and blur together. “Nothings into Somethings” is a fine song, not great. 2/5
  • Teenage Fever- “Teenage Fever” again is a typical Drake song. Not poor, but certainly not remarkable. 2/5
  • KMT (feat. Giggs)– Giggs, again, takes over the song and again shows that the hip-hop world better respect the London rap game. 3/5
  • Lose You- “Lose You” is a smooth take on Drake’s upbringing that isn’t an earworm by any means, but is worth the occasional listen. 2.5/5
  • Can’t Have Everything- Drizzy picks up the pace with “Can’t Have Everything” as he talks about what has motivated him to get to the top of the rap world.  3/5
  • Glow (feat. Kanye West)- Kanye West takes over this song in a good way. Drake and “Yeezus” combine for positive vibes and an enjoyable track. 3.5/5
  • Since Way Back (feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR)- Drake and PARTYNEXTDOOR team up again for another emotional song. This one less memorable and enjoyable than PARTYNEXTDOOR’s 2016 song Come See Me. 2/5
  • Fake Love– The biggest radio hit on the playlist was released weeks ahead of the actual project. “Fake Love” was released on Oct. 29, 2016 along with singles “Sneakin ft. 21 Savage” and “Two Birds, One Stone”. Regardless of release date, fake love is one of the best songs on the entire playlist. 5/5
  • Ice Melts (feat. Young Thug)- Young Thug, again, has another successful feature with Drake, this time with an auto tuned chorus. Drake manages to have a song with emotion without being overly sad or aggressive. 4.5/5
  • Do Not Disturb- “Do Not Disturb” is the perfect ending to a terrific playlist. Listening to “More Life” in one sitting is the perfect way to enjoy the record. After taking a tour around the world, listening to dozens of different styles and tunes, Drizzy returns to his own style. Drake talks about how his life has finally reached what he’s always dreamt of. No worries to Drake fans though, he confirms that he’ll “be back in 2018 to give you the summary.” 5/5

 

 

    TOTAL SCORE: 3.3/5  

“More Life” was a very hyped playlist that honestly was underwhelming. Despite not reaching expectations, the playlist was still enjoyable and had a handful of excellent songs.