Finally, Drake’s long-awaited sixth studio album has dropped. We’ve already reviewed Kanye’s Life of Pablo and Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz’s Collegrove using gifs, so it was only right that we give VIEWS a proper spin. Here is our review of Drake’s VIEWS using gifs.
Track 1: “Keep The Family Close”
This beat is cinematic. “Keep the Family Close,” sounds like James Bond touching down in the 6 for the first time and getting emotional because his best friend blocked him on Twitter.
This song is getting a little weird. Drake just said, “Always saw you for what you could’ve been/Ever since you met me/Like when Chrysler made that one car that looked just like a Bentley.” That line alone is funny, confusing and peak Drake. VIEWS is off to a weird start.
Track 2: “9”
“Six upside down, it’s a nine now.”
We’re just gonna move onto the next song.
Track 3: “U With Me?”
Did Drake just sample DMX? Also 5 points to Gryffindor for Drake dropping a punchline about Marques Houston in 2016. He’s really the GOAT.
“Yeah, how’s that for real? You toyin’ with it like Happy Meal.” This is a real bar on a real Drake song.
Track 4: “Feel No Ways”
This sounds like a Majid Jordan song. “Hold On We’re Going Home” Pt. 2 anyone? Not bad, but not for me.
Track 5: “Hype”
Five tracks in and we hear the bar, “VIEWS already a classic.”
Then again this song is a banger, so who knows. Maybe VIEWS is a classic.
Track 6: “Weston Road Flows”
Now this is what the fans have been waiting for. The Mary J. Blige sample by 40 sounds so warm. Drake’s flow fits perfectly over the lush Mary sample.
“Shout out to KD we relate we get the same attention. It’s raining money, Oklahoma City Thunder.”
Track 7: “Redemption”
Track 8: “With You”
“Mixing vodka and emotions, tapping into your emotions.” Is this the most Drake line of all time?
Track 9: “Faithful”
Pimp C is undoubtedly a legend, but his verse seems out of place on this track.
Track 10: “Still Here”
Ten tracks into VIEWS and we finally have our first banger.
Track 11: “Controlla”
Where’s Popcaan? No seriously, what did Drake do with Popcaan?
So upset Drake didn’t keep Popcaan on “Controlla.” This song is still one of the highlights of VIEWS.
Track 12: “One Dance”
*When “One Dance” comes on*
“Grips on your waist, Front way, back way.”
Track 13: “Grammys”
Drake and Future are the musical equivalent of Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. While this isn’t “Jumpman,” the chemistry still extends throughout this track.
Future delivered the standout rap verse on this song.
Track 14: “Childs Plays”
The best part about this song is realizing Drake still goes to the Cheesecake Factory. He’s just like us.
Track 15: “Pop Style”
Why did Drake take Jay-Z (he honestly wasn’t even on the song to begin with) and Kanye off “Pop Style?” Honestly, this version of “Pop Style” is better, but Kanye’s verse is sorely missed.
Track 16: “Too Good”
Rihanna and Drake’s chemistry is undeniable at this stage in their career. Rihanna definitely got the better track with “Work,” but “Too Good” has the potential to be a hit with the right video treatment.
Track 17: “Summers Over Interlude”
VIEWS is starting to drag. An interlude is never a good sign on a rap album.
Track 18: “Fire & Desire”
So there are rumors that this song might be about Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill? At this point, most Drake songs can be about everyone and no one at the same time.
Track 19: “Views”
Drake saved the best track for last and it’s aptly titled “Views.” The Winans sample from “The Question” is heavenly. Nice way to end the album if you’re not counting the bonus track.
Track 20: “Hotline Bling”
What more can be said about “Hotline Bling?”