You know when you cook something fresh and you just gotta let it marinade for a while so it can digest well? I don’t know if that makes sense to ya’ll but it was basically my outlook whilst listening to Views. I had to hear it a few times to be like.. “yeah I actually like this” although, there hasn’t really been a Drake album I haven’t liked or even song for that matter. He’s dope, no denying it. Pretty sure I’ve mentioned that I’ve seen him live 4 times and would probably go a 5th? Yup.
So as a London girl, when I first heard One Dance get played on the radio – I was GASSED because Drake had sampled UK funky house track Kyla – Do You Mind (Crazy Cousinz), one of those old-skool tunes that give you a nostalgic vibe and fusing this with a dancehall feel. My immediate reaction was “rah this guy is a genious”. You can’t help but buss some moves especially when afro-beat artist Wizkid jumps in.
“Strength and guidance, all that i’m wishing for my friends”
Views definitely has some dancehall Caribbean theme running through it with Controlla (Drake all up in his feelings again, committed to his lady ) which has two versions. One with Popcaan which got leaked but for some reason didn’t make it on the track-list (the version I personally much prefer!) and another with Beanie Man with a small sample of his tune Tear Off Mi Garment. Slightly random.
“I think I’d die for you. Jodeci ‘Cry For You’ Do things when you want me to”
One of my favourite songs features Rihanna with Too Good. I mean, when these two collaborate it’s just magic lol great chemistry. Also sampling Popcaan with Love Yuh Bad, the song is definitely relatable to couples in a similar situation where they feel their love is taken for granted and all their efforts aren’t reciprocated resulting in distance. Sometimes it’s hard to reconnect.
“I don’t know how to talk to you, I just found myself getting lost with you. Lately you just make me work to hard for you, got me on flights overseas and I still can’t get across to you”
Now when i heard Pimp C on Faithful; I was like “whaaaaaaat yo turn this up” literally. It just felt so good to hear the late artist after so long! It was old blended with something new as OVO signed dvsn is also sings last verse. Those chill vibes, Drake again pouring his heart out lol.
Unfortunately I’m running out of time to give a low down on the entire album, let me finish off by saying Views may not be his best but definitely has some really great moments. Drake once again, proves his consistency in the music game. Nothing but salutes out here.