2016 was a productive year for a lot of artists, but no label had a bigger and successful year than OVO Sound. The owner and frontman of the label, Drake released his highly anticipated fourth studio album Views as well as a tremendously successful Summer Sixteen tour with Future, the label’s producer and singer dual threat PartyNextDoor released his highly anticipated sophomore album PartyNextDoor 3 as well as writing hit singles “Work and “Sex with Me” for Rihanna. The label’s two duos, dvsn and Majid Jordan both released their debut albums, Majid Jordan and Sept. 5th, respectively. The label’s youngest artist Roy Wood$ took 2016 by storm by releasing two projects, which is pretty uncommon since neither project is a mixtape and both are commercially released. His debut album, Waking at Dawn, released on July 1st, 2016. With the album, he focuses on the sound he displayed on his previous extended play, Exis. After touring and promoting the album, he released a surprise extended play, Nocturnal, on December 23rd, 2016. On this project, he stays in the similar vibe as his last two projects, but shows more aggression and bravado than the aforementioned projects.
The opening song, “Magic”, first catches you off guard with bass- heavy production which that this project is different than his previous work. The subject matter focuses on the quality of his latest work and his focus on him and his success. The second song, “Four Seasons”, is a smoother transition from the previous work to the new sound he’s working with and focuses on Roy’s come up and daily life after becoming so popular. The third track, “Chili Peppers”, marks the first collaboration between Wood$ and his labelmates Majid Jordan. The production seems like the vintage sound that Roy has used, and the subject matter is about Roy lusting after a woman. The fourth song, “Involved”, is back to the sound that the project starts with. The subject matter is that as Roy is still coming up as an artist, he lives this fast paced lifestyle money, drugs and worldwide travel and if girls want to be involved with said lifestyle. The fifth song and my personal favorite, “Instinct”, features fellow fast-rising artist MadeinTYO. The production is another hybrid of the two styles Roy has used, and MadeinTYO shows his singing skills instead of hypnotic flow, which fuses well with his sound, and the subject matter is about the two artists following their intuitions instead of listening to others. The sixth song” Love You”, fits with his previous sound, the subject matter is about him still having feelings for a girl, even though both re in new relationships. The final track, “Dangerous”, has a sound that fits more with Majid Jordan and shows Roy’s versatility that has not been shown in earlier work.

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