Drake returns with dancehall beats and big-name guests

Source:AFP Published: 2017/3/20 18:33:39

Drake, the prolific hip-hop star who was last year's top-selling artist, has returned with a song collection in which he ventures further into dancehall rhythms and taps fellow big names.

The Toronto rapper, who has long challenged industry definitions, on Saturday dropped More Life and called it not an album or a mixtape but his first playlist.

More Life is anchored by "Fake Love," Drake's infectious hit about the phoniness of those around him. He released the song late last year but it did not appear on his blockbuster album Views.

The track is built off a stripped-down beat reminiscent of dancehall, the energetic popular music of Jamaica. He goes more heavily into dancehall on "Madiba Riddim," which alludes to anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela and has echoes of Drake's mega-hit with Rihanna "Too Good."

Drake, who says he resents being labeled simply as a rapper, goes into full-fledged pop on tracks such as "Teenage Fever."

But Drake also collaborates on More Life with leading rappers including Skepta, Travis Scott and, in one of his first appearances since making headlines with a mental breakdown in November, Kanye West.

On "Glow," West appears to refer to his recent erratic behavior, which included accusing other stars of trying to kill him.

West pins his actions on fame, singing: "Man, the glow got me feeling like I'm gunproof."

Drake gives space to the British singer Sampha on "4422," an R&B ballad of separation that takes as its imagery the US tax form used to cut off connections to an estate.

Drake was the top-selling global artist of 2016, according to the IFPI industry body. His popularity is especially strong on streaming services, with his "One Dance" the only track to have been played more than 1 billion times on Spotify.



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