Arts and Culture Editor
This mixtape is very one note. The beats are low key, ethereal and bring to mind the Lil Wayne single Believe Me. They streamlined the experiments Drake took on Nothing Was The Same in a way that feels a lot more developed and cohesive as one project. Besides working with regular collaborator Noah “40” Shebib and Boi-1da, the album feature productions from up and coming artists like PartyNextDoor and Travi$ Scott who both bring Grade A production, I imagine to take advantage of the mainstream exposure of being on a Drake project.
On this project, Drake has matured throughout his career and finally sounds like a grown up. None of his lyrics on this mixtape are cringe-worthy nor misogynist on this mixtape. There is none of the fake puppy love lines that Drake has become known for (ex. You’re a good girl and you know it). He also throws in a lot of good wordplay and disses Cash Money, Rapper Tyga and Kendrick Lamar.
Overall, this is a good project. It probably won’t be remembered the same way as Drake’s previous two albums, but it is definitely one of his strongest. To think this is only a mixtape and that Drake is releasing his new album, Views in the 6, later this year is truly astonishing. Its sets the tone for an album that could be his biggest success yet.
Here the link to the promotional video short film released to support this mixtape: