That's right. On a particularly uneventful Thursday night (the 12th of February, to be exact), while much of the twitterverse were waiting for the release of Fifty Shades of Grey, at around 11 PM, Drake tweeted a link to his new mixtape. At that moment, the internet exploded. Fans, followers, reviewers everywhere immediately bought the mixtape to listen to Drizzy's latest creation.
While reviews were mixed, some saying that it was the best work of Drake so far, others saying that they expected more from the Toronto-born rapper, I agree with the latter. This mixtape surely is Drake's best work—and his darkest yet. “If I die, I'm a legend.”, he croon-raps in the hard-hitting and honest opener, claiming that even though people say that he has 10 years of fame left, he believes that he already is a legend, by beating the Beatles' record on the Billboard Hot 100. Getting a little cocky perhaps, Drake?
A personal favorite of mine is "You & The 6", which is sung like a phone call to his mama. In this track, Drake's vulnerability is all out. He no longer hides behind his angry beats, but rather lets his fears and emotions break free. Rapping about his issues and how his hometown (aptly called "The 6" since Toronto's area coder is 416) helped him cope with his early life, Drake confesses that he doesn't have an easy life even as a multi-millionaire rapper. “I used to get teased for being black. Now I'm here and I'm not black enough.”
The (almost) end to this emotional mixtape is "Jungle", a slow-rap song that samples Gabriel Garźon Montano's "6 8" (listen to it at: http://soundcloud.com/gabriel-garzonmontano/a) and is featured in a short film, also named Jungle, that Drake posted on the October's Very Own blog (watch it here: http://youtube.com/watch?v=0lKH5dMNcq0). This melancholy song is possibly the most "Hold On, We're Going Home"-like song that defines Drake's status not only as a rapper, but also as a pop artist.
In short, Drake’s Views From the 6 prequel, possibly even if it was released to piss his label off, is an emotional ride that everyone deserves to listen to—Drizzy fan or not. If you're reading this, its not too late to listen to this mixtape.
BY DEANDRA FIORENZA
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