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…

New Track: The Weeknd-“Earned It”

XO’s The Weeknd surprise-released a track last night, “Earned It”, a new single and addition to the 50 Shades soundtrack upon the film’s theater release in mid-February. The classically-influenced track features Tesfaye’s nectarous, falsetto coos over an oscillating, violin-plucked beat. To enhance the instrumental’s already-aphrodisiac effect, each verse pairs his appreciation while a background piano flickers:…

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…