Review: Drake-‘Views’

The wait for Views was really, really painful. Tardiness aside, let’s start with the skyrocketed hope for an album that instead plummeted with a false alarm: the passable-but-might-be-pile-of-throwaways otherwise known as If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. A cruel travesty at the least. Yes, “Know Yourself” might have singlehandedly sparked the Summer ’15 W.O.E. movement and repeated…

‘ANOTHA ONE’…(of Drake’s Tracks Sprung a Leak)

The fourth track in a slew of accidentally-released predecessors, [Drizzy’s hand at a Jackson Browne voiceover (“These Days“) and a tropical, Popcaan masterpiece collab (“Controlla“) to name a few] this week’s two, pre-Views leaks are sponsored by OVO labelmate and fellow gloom’n’b-er PARTYNEXTDOOR (“Tell Me”), as well as a posthumous Pimp C donation (“Faithful”). “Tell Me”…

Majid Jordan Drops “Day and Night”, Confirms 2/5 Album Date

The OVO-labeled dance-pop duo just dropped yet another gem from their upcoming, self-titled project–expected February 5th next week. Clinging to their trend of slick, loungey ambience, “Day and Night” is a drum ‘n’ synth-driven cut, mashed with fluttery keyboards that provide the completion–not competition–to Majid Al Maskati’s cooing vocals and cerebral hook: (“But here, as…

Drake & Majid Jordan Drop “My Love”

Highly active with Zane Lowe interviews, music vids, and the brand-new Apple Music, OVO coworkers dropped a new track, “My Love”, on Friday afternoon via SoundCloud. Whirling 808s devour the nebulous, submerged track—a dim, deep-house instrumental fashioned by the producer duo. The hook alternated with their tense, tight-lipped interrogation (“Why you wanna be my love?/…

‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late’: A Track-By-Track Review

In the early moments of Drake’s impromptu album/might-be mixtape drop on Friday evening, high-emotion Internet chaos ensued. Twitter almost broke with OVO enthusiasm, the mixtape black-market commenced the trade of leak links, self-proclaimed ride-or-dies scurried to iTunes for legal purchase, and there was a universal barrage of Gen-Y praises for ‘the boy’–mostly for ending the…

PARTYNEXTDOOR Drops 4 New Singles, Completes ‘PND Colors’ EP

Drake’s OVO Sound signee PARTYNEXTDOOR, dark R&B’s newest ne plus ultra, just released four new tracks, (“Girl From Oakland”, “Don’t Worry”, “Juss Know”, “Let’s Get Married”)–all components to his mini-mixtape, PND Colors, an ongoing project that’s been sporadically released via singles. The delirious “Let’s Get Married”, a tongue-in-cheek offer wrapped in Braithwaite’s drear-dipped idealism (“What I…

Underrated Drake: 10 OVO Gems (Still) in Hiding

Though Drake’s spent his past birthday weekend cranking out a trio of new material, [“How About Now”, “6 God”, “Heat of the Moment”–all of which you can find here], there’s nothing like taking a moment to dig back into pre-OVO Drizzy and observe the transformation. The iconic So Far Gone, AKA the 2009 ‘start-all’ mixtape, still…

Drake’s “How About Now” Springs a Leak

Out of thin air [and when we were missing him the most] just materialized a fresh, new Drizzy leak, entitled “How About Now”. (Thanks, Reddit). Four minutes long, the track candidly surrenders to archetypal, marshmallowy Drake anguish…but the same kind that inflames shared self-pity and guilty-pleasure playback. Suspected to be a single off of the…

Drake x ILOVEMAKONNEN “Tuesday” Single Goes iTunes Official

The freshly remixed “Tuesday”, presented by Drizzy & Atlanta-based, multi-genre artist ILOVEMAKONNEN, is now iTunes official–having previously sat on SoundCloud and multiple urban music sites for a solid 3 weeks…(as well as Drake’s Instagram). And as of August 31st, Makonnen just became the OVO label’s newest signee. Although the single doesn’t truly fit the definition of a…

Drake Puts the “Heart” Back in Hartford

Drake played at the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford last night…*sigh*…as well as someone else, whose first name starts with L and last rhymes with pain. I think that by now everyone knows of my Tunechi dislike, but I had to [somewhat] suppress it last night, seeing as at least half the crowd around me was…