For those that are wondering, this is NOT a album review. In fact, the More Life project by Drake is a solid 9 out of 10 including zesty flavors and vibes within each song. That’s your album review within that last sentence, but this article is actually based on the detail and creative energy behind a few of sound waves off this More Life “playlist” project.

Now as a post-listener to this new body of work from Drake, I feel as if there is no point in dwelling on the obvious low-blow diss shots aimed at Meek Mill throughout the project on songs like: Free Smoke, Lose You, and Can’t Have Everything. Along with these rampage shots at Meek came a subliminal stab that could of been aimed at Tory Lanez in the song Do Not Disturb, along with a free throw shot directed towards Kid Cudi in Free Smoke. However, I don’t plan on focusing on these blog heavy topics because these diss shots do not define the overall vibe to More Life. In fact, these are just small and almost unnecessary pieces to the big puzzle at hand.

The More Life playlist / album is a combination of both the highs and lows of life, but from a relatable point of view. Debuting on Drake’s OVO Sound Radio, the playlist-formatted album blended perfectly with the radio’s actual playlist line-up, giving a unique, yet familiar vibe. One thing that always makes Drake stand out from most musicians as a whole, is his ability to formulate everyday scenarios into catchy, simple lyrics with with a diverse level of production to back it. On Free Smoke, the first track of the playlist, Drake samples the wild tunes of Hiatus Kaiyote from their song, Building The Ladder, which is followed up by a sound bite from Drake himself from his AMA speech after winning best Rap/Hip-Hop artist. “And more Chune for ya headtop so watch how you speak on my name ya know.”  Thus leading into straight up bars with a mixtape dominant feel. 

One thing I can definitely say, in regards to the More Life Playlist, is that the feels giving off with each song seem to be channeled from Drake’s previous albums and mixtapes. It’s easy to say songs like Free Smoke and Gyalchester give off a familiar “If Your Reading This It’s Too Late” type vibe. But, has it ever occurred that majority of this album can be considered a mash-up of different songs from his previous projects that never quite made it or were never completely finished at the time? Another example would be the song titled Teenage Love. This love ballad gives off an almost immediate Take Care vibe. From the bass to the slow tempo,Drake, himself, sings to the J-Lo sample on the beat in hook of the song.

Along with these familiar vibes from Drake comes along a newly inspired London sound, as he collaborates with artist like Giggs and Skepta.

I could go in-deph with each song on this playlist in regards to the feelings it portrays or gives off, but that sort of break down would require me to write a chapter book. It’s clear that Drake gave us, sonically, an artist view on his life before, during, and even after his time spent in London. From the everyday life lows, angers with beef, the late nights in the club, the highs of life, to the overall promising future he’s with holding for us fans until 2018. The next time that you listen to More Life, I encourage you to not only listen to the lyrics, but also the production. You will hear Drake’s connection between his production and the mood/motion of the story behind the song. Overall, it’s safe to say that the More Life playlist project definitely gave majority of it’s listeners More Life along with a new outlook on new and old vibes within it.

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