After months of anticipation, rumours and minor leaks, the much awaited album, Views has finally come along. Set to debut April 29th, Drake surprised OVO fans with an early release exclusively on Apple Music the night before it’s grand debut. As fans patiently waited behind their computer screens tuned into Beats1Radio, 10:45pm came, then 10:55, then 11:00pm, with no word of the 6God on site for his interview with Zane Lowe, the public took to the internet to make some aggressive, yet hysterical memes speculating what the delay meant.  It didn’t take long for people to catch on around 11:05pm, when Graham’s interview began, that he had launched an official stream of his fourth studio album via Apple Music.

With 20 songs cued over 81 minutes and five seconds of pure glory, this discography gifts listeners with some live features, the most raw productions and that Heartbreak Drake flow we’ve all been missing, making Views (arguably so) one of the best albums of 2016 thus far. Known for being one of the few artists able to put Toronto on the map while simultaneously bringing consumer culture to it’s knees, Drake gave us everything we were expecting and then some with this one. Views is a cold cross between vibes from Take Care to Thank Me Later, old and new Drake fans get a little bit of everything with the Toronto creative, reggae-pop vibes, grimey rap and sensual R&B are intricately woven through this immaculate production. After a few listens we thought it would only be fair to break down the album and give you the complete guide to Views from songs sampled, down to the vibe of each track.

 

1.Keep The Family Close

Producers: Maneesh

Samples: None

Vibes: Take Care meets Comeback Season

Memorable Lines: “You’re so predictable I hate people like you, Kennedy Road taught me not to trust people like you” 

2. 9

Producers: 40 (Co- Produced Bo1da and Brian Alexander Morgan)

Samples: “Dying” – Mavado feat Serani

Vibes: So Far Gone

Memorable Lines: “Can’t get me on the line so they hang me out to dry for it”

“MJ in every way, I just don’t fade away, Six upside down, it’s a nine now”

3. U With Me?

Producers: 40 and Kanye West

Samples: “What These Bitches Want” – DMX and “How’s It Going Down?” – DMX

Vibes: Take Care meets Nothing Was the Same

Memorable Lines: “More immature than Marques Houston, cuts too deep for a band-aid solution”

 “I know you heard that my girl is sponsored by Audemars, that’s why she’s always correctin’ me when my time is off”

4. Feel No Ways

Producers: Jordan Ulman of Majid Jordan

Samples: “World Famous” – Malcolm McLaren

Vibes: Nothing Was the Same

Memorable Lines: “I had to let go of us to show myself what I could do, and that just didn’t sit right with you”

5. Hype

Producers: Bo1da and Nineteen85 (Co-Produced by Beat Bully)

Samples: None

Vibes:  What A Time to Be Alive

Memorable Lines: “Last year I know you learned your lesson, I could GPS you if you need addressin”

“That boy light as Michael Jackson, but off verses, he been blackin”

“They wan’ be on TV right next to me, you cannot be right here next to me, don’t you see Riri right next to me?”

6. Weston Road Flows

Producers: 40

Samples: “Mary’s Joint” – Mary J. Blige

Vibes: Take Care

Memorable Lines: “You number one and I’m Eddie Murphy we tradin’ places“,

“Creepin’ like Chilli without the tender, love, and care”

“I got a price on my head but there’s a risk to collect it I might be here as a vessel to teach people the lesson”

“Your best day is my worst day, I get green like Earth Day”

“You was ridin’ TTC metro, I had the place boomin'”

7. Redemption

Producers: 40

Samples: “One Wish” – Ray J

Vibes: Take Care meets Nothing Was the Same

Memorable Lines: “Relationships slowin’ me down, they slow down the vision
Guess I’m not in a position to deal with commitment”

“Opportunity and temptation
They would sell my secrets for a tropical vacation”

“Sell my secrets back to me if I was payin’
Who’s gonna save me when I need savin’?

8. With You (PartyNextDoor)

Producers: Murda Beatz

Samples: None

Vibes: If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late meets Thank Me Later

Memorable Lines: “Bottles open up so you can try and open up for me, baby”

9. Faithful (feat. Pimp C & DVSN)

Producers: 40 (Co-Produced Bo1da and Nineteen85)

Samples: “Get One” – Ideals

Vibes: Take Care meets So Far Gone

Memorable Lines: “You would think it’s all mine the way I took it
You would think it broke down the way I push it”

“I want to get straight to the climax
Have you coming all summer like a season pass”

“Cause you talk like you got what I need
You talk like you got the juice and the squeeze”

10. Still Here

Producers: Daxz (Co-produced by 40)

Samples: None

Vibes: What A Time To Be Alive

Memorable Lines: “Me and all my niggas doin’ well, doin’ well, dog
You not from the city, I could tell, I could tell, dog”

“How did I finesse all this shit from Jane and Weston
Girls all in my bed and they don’t trip off first impressions”

“Nothing mutual about my funds, bout my funds, tho
All you niggas fightin’ over crumbs, where the bread at”

“And I see your girl like all the time, all the time, tho
I can’t tell you if she’s yours or mine, but I do know”

“I gotta talk to God even though he isn’t near me
Based on what I got it’s hard to think he don’t hear me”

“Whole lot of sixes but I’m still like
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah
6 point star, Lion of the Judah”

11. Controlla

Producers: Boi1da (Co-Produced Supa Dups and Allen Ritters)

Samples: “Tear Off Mi Garment”- Beenie Man

Vibes: Thank Me Later

Memorable Lines: “I think I’d lie for you, I think I’d die for you, Jodeci “Cry For You'”

“My old flex is my new flex now and we’re workin’ on it
And that’s why I need all the energy that you bring to me”

12. One Dance (feat. Wiz Kid & Kyla)

Producers: Nineteen85 (Co-Produced by 40 and Wizkid)

Samples: “Do You Mind” (Crazy Cousins Remix) – Kyla

Vibes: Thank Me Later

Memorable Lines: “Oti, oti, there’s never much love when we go OT
I pray to make it back in one piece”

“I need a one dance
Got a Hennessy in my hand
One more time ‘fore I go
Higher powers taking a hold on me”

“Strength and guidance, all that I’m wishing for my friends”

 

13. Grammys (feat. Future)

Producers: 40 and Southside (Co-Produced by Cardo and Young Exclusive)

Samples: None

Vibes: What A Time To Be Alive

Memorable Lines: “But you don’t even got a deal
Most niggas with a deal
Couldn’t make a greatest hits”

“Y’all a whole lot of things
But you still ain’t this”

“They gon’ think I won a Grammy
Swervin’ out the Panoramic”

14. Child’s Play

Producers:  40

Samples: “She Rode That Dick Like A Soulja” -HaSizzle

Vibes: Thank Me Later

Memorable Lines: “Yeah, bounce that shit like woah
This is not a fairytale, I already know how you like it”

“And I like it, take you to the mall and get you a new outfit
Girl that’s just some child’s play”

“Why you gotta fight with me at Cheesecake
You know I love to go there

Say I’m actin’ lightskin, I can’t take you nowhere”

“Momma is a saint, yes she raised me real good
All because of her I don’t do you like I should”

“Don’t make me give you back to the hood(x2)”

“You don’t wanna fall in love I know
I’m not someone you should trust I know”

“How many girls have slept in this bed
Say a different number than the one that’s in my head”

15. Pop Style

Producers: Sevn Thomas and Frank Dukes

Samples: None

Vibes: What a Time To Be Alive

Memorable Lines: “Tell my mom I love her if I do not make it,
Got so many chains they call me Chaining Tatum”

“Turn my birthday into a lifestyle”

“You don’t know what you just started
All I do is hang with the young and heartless”

“Girl let me rock, rock, rock, rock, rock your body
Justin Timberlake and then I hit the highway”

“I can’t trust no fuckin’ body
They still out to get me cause they never got me”

“MVP, MVP 09 all the way to Sixteen”

“They still out to get me, I don’t get it
I can not be got, and that’s a given”

16. Too Good (feat. Rihanna)

Producers: Nineteen85

Samples: “Luv Yuh Bad” – Popcaan

Vibes: Take Care

Memorable Lines: “Yeah, and last night I think I lost my patience
Last night I got high as your expectations”

“I’m too good to you
I’m way too good to you

You take my love for granted
I just don’t understand it”

“Lately you just make me work too hard for you
Got me on flights overseas, and I still can’t get across to you”

“Cock up yuh bumper, sit down pon it
Let me see if this is something I can fix”

17. Summers Over Interlude

Producers: Maneesh

Samples: None

Vibes: Nothing Was the Same meets Take Care 

Memorable Lines: “Days in the sun
And nights in the rain
Summer is over, simple and plain
Found me some fun that’s good for the pain”

18. Fire & Desire

Producers: 40

Samples: “I Dedicate (Pt.1)”- Brandy

Vibes: Take Care

Memorable Lines: “Throwin’ dirt on my old name
Only gets worse when you know things”

“You a real ass woman and I like it
I don’t wanna fight it”

19. Views

Producers: Maneesh

Samples: “Question Is” – The Winans

Vibes: Nothing Was the Same meets Take Care

“Yeah, you feel the pressure, man, I know the pressure
And my wifey is a spice like I’m David Beckham”

“You could throw curve balls but I got the glove fitted”

“The paranoia can start to turn into arrogance
Thoughts too deep to go work ’em out with a therapist”

“Niggas quick to double cross like both of us Christian”

“And my life is on display like Truman”

“I’d share more of my story but you wouldn’t believe it
It’s far fetched like I threw that shit a hundred meters”

20. Hotline Bling (Bonus Track)

Producers: Nineteen85

Samples: “Why Can’t We Live Together” – Timmy Thomas

Vibes: Thank Me Later meets What a Time To Be Alive

“Call me on my cell phone
Late night when you need my love”

“And I know when that hotline bling
That can only mean one thing”

“Got a reputation for yourself now
Everybody knows and I feel left out”

“Started wearing less and goin’ out more
Glasses of champagne out on the dance floor”

“These days, all I do is
Wonder if you’re bendin’ over backwards for someone else
Wonder if you’re rolling up a Backwoods for someone else
Doing things I taught you, gettin’ nasty for someone else”

“Why you never alone
Why you always touching road”

Views is more than an diary of Drake’s emotions, this album is filled with personal experiences and memories that have shaped the “Hotline Bling” singer while growing up and living in Toronto. Views is the perfect mixture of the Drake we came to love and know almost a decade ago coming in line with the man who helped shape the sound of a city as we know it today. From punchline flows and quick wit to emotion filled serenades, Graham has delivered a guilt free listen with feelings of authenticity and open endings. Though many from outside of the city may not understand the experiences and references of places that helped shaped him today, Views is a must hear for everyone. This album is one up for Toronto, and a gift to urban artistry.