re(VIEWS) from Serge

Hey yinz!  So yesterday, I finally listened to Drake’s new album, Views, and let’s just say I thoroughly enjoyed it.  While reading my review, keep in mind that I was typing this as I listened, so it may not be proper grammar and may read a little choppy.  My thoughts truly go in order of not only the album but even more specifically from the start of one song to its end.

And if you want more of a visual review, check out my YouTube video compiled from Snapchat yesterday!  Follow meeeee (@ergense).

  1. ‘Keep the Family Close’
    Starting off with singing, nice.  Voice sounds refreshing.  And a very interesting and somewhat different overall sound – I dig it.  ‘Out here in la, i don’t know what’s going on.’  Half the time I don’t know either.  JK, JK.  It’s a slower start to the album – sort of like ‘Over My Dead Body’ in the start of Take Care.  And I love the drum addition.
  2. ‘9’
    There’s that Drake-40 sound we all know – that distinct drum sound and beat in the background.  ‘And I turn the 6 upside down, that’s a 9 now.’  I can definitely vibe out to this track.
  3. ‘U With Me?’
    Nice transition from ‘9’.  DMX sample – yes.  I for real used to listen to ‘X Gon’ Give It To Ya’ ALL the time when I was younger.  This song has some Take Care-NWTS vibes for sure.  The background drum reminds me of a slower version of ‘Wu-Tang Forever’ from NWTS.
  4. ‘Feel No Ways’
    Sounds like a Majid Jordan  track – that underwater-vibey sound.  I like this  A LOT.  Love the ending with those beat skips and the fade out.
  5. ‘Hype’
    Any song that is called ‘hype,’ I’m probably going to like it.  ‘You cannot be here right next to me, don’t you see RiRi right next to me.’  Definitely has a ‘Worst Behavior’ vibe to it.  Then slows down around 1:30… 1:37 then we’re back to being ‘hype.’  Seriously, all of Drake’s songs have such a distinct sound, and I love it.
  6. ‘Weston Road Flows’
    Another smooth transition into this track.  Vibe HARD on this one.  ’40 the only who know how I deal with the pressure.’  ‘Your best day is my worst day.’  ‘I’m happiest when I can buy what I want.  Me too, dude.
  7. ‘Redemption’
    Some ‘Marvin’s Room’ ish right here.  This is the emotional Drake for sure.  I probably wouldn’t listen to this song on the reg, but definitely when I’m feeling somber or on a rainy day.  Okay, here we go – the last two minutes have provided redemption for this song.  ‘Since Take Care, I been care takin’.’
  8. ‘With You ft. PARTYNEXTDOOR’
    Loving this opening beat.  If I just heard this not from Views, I don’t think I’d pin it as a Drake song and even more so that PND opens it.  Listening to this makes me want to listen to PND way more.  So talented and great vibes.  I also realize I say ‘vibes’ A LOT.  This track is like a pre-game before the pre-game song.
  9. ‘Faithful ft. Pimp C & dvsn’
    Got that Pimp C sample on this one and the very talented Canadian duo that is dvsn.  Starts out hard, not like Drizzy.  Dig the rhythm – much more Drake sounding.  ‘Let’s do the things that we say on text.’  I see you, Drizzy.  I feel like this track sounds a bit like another one I previously heard on Views.  I can’t think of which one since it’s my first listen but it sounds familiar.  dvsn though – if you don’t listen to them, you should.  Very good addition to this song and album in general.  Okay, I hear YOU, dvsn.  Yassss.
  10. ‘Still Here’
    Okay, this is the song I needed.  ‘I don’t need no pill to speak my mind.’  Me either.  ‘You not from the city I can tell.’  ‘Did it, did it by myself.’  This song 100% speaks to me.  And again with that 40 sound.
  11. ‘Controlla’
    We’ve all heard this song before, and I think it fits the overall sound of the album pretty well.  I actually forgot about ‘Controlla,’ and it is more of a crowd pleaser so I’m glad it’s on here.  The last minute is probably my favorite, besides the main chorus.  From his lyrics to the ending sound – good work.
  12. ‘One Dance ft. Wizkid & Kyla’
    Now we allllllllll know this track.  For some reason I didn’t think this would be on the album.  But it fits nicely right after ‘Controlla.’  We can put this song with ‘Hotline Bling’ in terms of many people liking it – not just Drake or hip-hop fans.  ‘Strength and guidance, all that I’m wishing for my friends.’  Favorite line of the song because I wish all the best for my friends as well!  Duh.
  13. ‘Grammys ft. Future’
    Yes, yes, and yes.  This has to be performed at the Summer Sixteen Tour.  It’s not the most complex song, but Future and Drake on a track together is bound to be a banger of some sort.  And the beat is a bit futuristic sounding – play on words.
  14. ‘Childs Play’
    Dancing to this one for sure.  For anyone who knows me, I love dancing and watching myself dance in the mirror.  I mean I’ve danced my entire life… in a studio… surrounded by mirrors.  Can you blame me?  So this song will be used for that purpose.  Again, the end of this song is on point.  That real deep Drake voice is my jam.
  15. ‘Pop Style’
    Another track that we have all heard and in my case, loved.  This version though doesn’t include Jay or Ye like the first one we heard.  I like both versions!  Super glad this is on the album.
  16. ‘Too Good ft. Rihanna’
    Not sure how I feel about the very beginning, but it does have that RiRi-Drake collab vibe to it.  Almost reminds me of their song ‘Take Care,’ which is one of my favorites.  Yep, definitely sounds a little like ‘Take Care’ with that fast paced drum/symbol sound.  I think I can hear this song on the radio.  If so, I won’t be listening because you know that ish will be overplayed.  No thanks.  While it does remind me of ‘Take Care,’ it’s definitely not as good.
  17. ‘Summers Over Interlude’
    Okay that real slow, sexy sound.  But not sure if this is something I’m digging.  Is this dvsn?  Majid?  #confused  I know it’s the end of the album, but I think it completely slowed down the album and not sure if in the best way.
  18. ‘Fire & Desire’
    Yesssss, loving this sped up voice.  It’s quite Drake of him to add it.  While this is definitely slower, I’m feeling it.  I don’t know what it is, but I’m here for this.  Definitely like this song.  100%.  I needed this.  It has that end-of-the-album-Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2 sound (the beginning of that track).
  19. ‘Views’
    Okay, thank you for ending with this vibe.  In typical Drake fashion he ends with a non-stop flow song that’s on the lengthier side.  Approved.  This reminds me of ‘The Ride ft. The Weekend’ from Take Care, which happens to be the last track of that album and this song the last track of Views. Well, ‘Hotline Bling’ is the last track, but I feel like that was an added bonus for the fans.  Anyways.
  20. ‘Hotline Bling’
    It’s like a concert… he ends on a slower more album-based song then ends the show but comes back on for an encore doing the song ‘Hotline Bling,’ which you know will get the crowd hype af.  I’m indifferent about this track being on here.  While I like the concert vibe it gives, I think the album could have ended with ‘Views.’  I mean, it is the name of the album.

All in all, I’m a fan of Views.  It’s nothing like his last album, IYRTITL.  And if you absolutely love that album, you may not like this one.  Views relates more to Take Care and Nothing Was the Same – opinions my friend Parker actually told me, and he couldn’t be more correct.  It’s also not an album you’d listen to at the gym to get hype to but rather on a road trip.

With Drake’s hometown being the inspiration for this album and the passion he has behind the music, it makes me like the album even more.  I see the album as something bigger than just a compilation of rap songs.  So props to Drake for putting together a solid project that portrays his passion, talents, and that Drake sound we all know.  Happy listening!

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Views From My Computer


Don’t have an Apple Music subscription?  No need to fret anymore!  OVOSOUND Radio tweeted (so get a Twitter if you don’t have one – that ish is free) that they will be making a stream available!

And the time got pushed back to 7:45PST!

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Heyyyyy yinz.  You may be wondering why (or maybe not) I haven’t written anything yet leading up to Drake’s album release on Friday.  To be honest, I haven’t been inspired by anything.  Sounds odd, I know, but I truly don’t know what to write.  It’s actually sort of bothering and baffling me I haven’t done anything creative each day.  I think I’m just really excited for a new album from Drake so that’s where my energy is.  Speaking of that album… ONE more day until we get to listen!

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Well that is if you have Apple Music.  

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If you want to truly be one of the first to listen to Views From the 6, I suggest you sign up for Apple Music.  Tomorrow night is the 20th episode of OVOSOUND Radio, and that’s where Views will be premiering.  Listening times here:  10PM EST and 7PM PST.  Also during this episode is an exclusive Drake interview with Zane Lowe.  So be sure to tune in to Beats 1 on Apple Music tomorrow, April 28!

I’m also a bit overwhelmed with all of the Drake news we received this week, so I’m just taking it all in.  From tour date announcements to updates to OVOSOUND Radio to ticket prices and what’s the best spot, not wanting them to sell out, blah blah blah, I’m processing it all!

And JUST released by way of a Tweet from Drake is the official tracklist!

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Below is the official artwork for Drake’s Views From the 6 album dropping on Friday!

Through some Twitter invesigating and Snapchat watching, here’s what we know so far about Views and this week’s Drake takeover aka the Drakeover.

  • We were just blessed with the album artwork for Views From the 6.  He announced it on the Beats by Dre Snap earlier at the Views pop-up shop in Toronto.  And yes, he being Drake.  There have been other pop-ups in the cities of New York, Miami, LA, Palm Springs, and tonight Toronto.  It makes sense he made an appearance in Toronto with the sole focus of this album being his hometown.  What do you think of the artwork?  I like it.  It’s an actual photograph with Drake sitting atop the CN Tower.  It shows his true passion and dedication to his city.
  • While there are no dates out yet, it’s being reported Drake and Future are going on tour together this “summer ’16.”  I mean.  I need floor seats to this.  Serious.  I’ll keep yinz posted on tour dates and ticket info as I learn more!   As promised, below are the tour dates for Drake’s “Summer Sixteen Tour” featuring Future, Roy Woods, and dvsn.Summer Sixteen Tour posterSummer Sixteen Tour Dates
  • And another announcement made by Drake this morning was the lineup and dates for the 7th Annual OVO Fest!  It’s a little earlier this year (end of June) but it features freaking Wiz and Snoop.  You can definitely expect many people to pop up.  I swear one year I WILL make it to this!7th Annual OVO Fest
  • According to Drake, Views will have TWENTY tracks.  That’s a full album for real!  I keep hoping the album doesn’t have an island sound like the songs ‘Controlla’ and ‘One Dance.’  While I like those songs, I don’t think an entire album of that sound will sit well with fans.  But after seeing this artwork, I don’t think we have anything to worry about.  By the simple looks of this album, it’s going to have that true Drake sound we all know and love.  Again, these are just my thoughts and observations.

Secure your bag alert!

Again, if you watched my Snaps, I mentioned the above phrase (courtesy of DJ Khaled) and still don’t know exactly what it means.  BUT.  Major Views From the 6 hints are dropping.  It has officially become Drizzy SZN!

First off, let’s go over the two singles Drake dropped yesterday out of freaking nowhere.  I’m a little disappointed in myself I didn’t post anything yesterday during the heat of it all, but it’s here now!  I listened on my way to work and truthfully was so excited about new Drake music that I don’t think I really took the time to appreciate the sound/lyrics.  So then about mid-day, I took another listen and typed the exact thoughts that went through my head as I was listening.  I promise this was straight “thought vomit,” if you will.  See below.

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Second of all, the cover art for Views may have just been revealed in London – projected on a building to be exact.  This is very Kanye of Drake, but hey imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?  I’m sure dudes (yes, dudes) on Twitter will get their panties in a bundle saying, “why couldn’t he be original? blah blah.”  Yinz will listen to his album when it drops so shush.

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 I know this sounds crazy and sorry mom, but the more I see the above logo, the more I consider getting a TINY tattoo of it.  Not any time soon and probably never, but it is lingering in the back of my mind.  Moving on.

The image is projected on the side of the Royal Opera House in London’s central area of Covent Garden.  And the recording label that holds the right to Drake’s music in the UK, Island Records, has confirmed that it’s indeed the Views From the 6 artwork.  And according to the Fader, it appeared around 8:20PM local time.

More updates soon come.

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Okay, what…

SLAM_Cover_DrakeJust when I think he can’t be anymore photogenic, the 6 God is back and this time on the cover of SLAM 198 magazine with two Toronto Raptors All-Stars.  I don’t know if I’m more excited to look at the Toronto Rapper or the Toronto Raptors.  JK.  Drake always.

Executed by SLAM’s Senior Editor Adam Figman,  he was casually at the Raptors’ new training facility along with photographer Atiba Jefferson.  Kyle Lowry and DeMar Rozan, who are photographed in the cover as well, were also present.  Cue Drake.  From reading the article, it seems he appeared there as a surprise.  Well thank the heavens because then this photo shoot came to life.

I did a little research on this magazine and they’ve been known as the ‘hip-hop basketball magazine’ but have yet to put a rapper on the cover.  Well, until now that is.  The 6 God blessed them with his presence and magic happened.  What a time to be alive.  And it makes sense in this particular scenario since Drizzy is the Raptors Global Ambassador.

Video from the shoot below and more pics here!

And with this Friday about to be April 1, Drake will be dropping Views any day now.

Cannot.  Wait.

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NEW: Rihanna ft. Drake – ‘Work’

What a time!

I think this song will grow on me, but I must admit it’s not my favorite.  It sounds a bit generic, and I really think Drake saved the track.  No, I’m not just saying that because he’s my favorite.  But without his verse, the song would be RiRi repeating ‘work work work work’ with a sound similar to her debut single ‘Pon de Replay.’  Serious.  I think once I see the visuals, I’ll like it a lot more too!  But regardless, I love that we’re finally getting new music from the Barbadian babe.  And rumors state that ANTI will be dropping on Friday.

So listen to that new new featuring my boy Drizzy Drake here.

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NEW: Rick Ross ft. Drake – ‘Empire’

Could it be?  The supposed YOLO mixtape we thought Drizzy and Rozay were working on is coming to life?  Well, maybe not but Rick Ross has rounded up Drake for this new track ‘Empire’, which is featured on J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League’s new LP titled For All.

The heavy-hitter album is stacked full with tracks featuring Chris Brown, R. Kelly, Future, Kevin Gates, and way more.  Check out the tracklisting below.  And more importantly, listen to the new Drake track.  And I know the image below isn’t the clearest – it was all I could find.



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