Toronto has the most beautiful skyline in the world. Complete with skyscrapers and the soaring CN Tower, it gives any visitors and those lucky enough to call this city home many views and perspectives. 6 God Aubrey Graham titled his upcoming studio album 'Views from the 6' promising a project that will reflect the many sights one can see in Toronto.
Views will be Drake's first full length album since 2013's Nothing was the Same (yea it came out in 2013) and will follow his blockbuster mixtapes If You're Reading this it's Too Late and What a Time to be Alive. Judging from the leaked tracks and features rumors the album is going to be fire. I'm most excited to see how Drake structures this album after I was disappointed listening to Nothing was the Same. Nothing had strong parts but I felt that the album as a complete project fell short of what he achieved on Take Care.
Now with all the travel and musical collaborations he's done in the past 3 years Views is looking like it's going to make some serious waves. Below is what I'm hoping to hear on the boy's latest:
Whether he's driving down Morningside to a Degrassi shoot or reminiscing about being that kid in the basement, stories are a big part of what make Drake albums stand out. His ability to weave catchy bars with a narrative is unmatched today except for Kendrick Lamar or J.Cole. On Views I wanna hear more about the Boys past, his time in my old neighborhood of Weston and just some general fuckery.
2. Mo-G / Meek
Drakes been involved and semi involved in two very public beefs leading up to the release of Views. Last year as everyone remembers, Meek Mill and Drake traded shots ultimately leading to Drake shutting the beef down with a meme filled performance at OVO 6 and Meek reminding everyone he's dating Nicki Minaj. Fast forward to 2016 and Drake is again involved with beef but not directly. (Former) Halal Gang member Mo-G took to Instagram to complain and diss OVO co-founder Oliver El-Khatib over what he saw as a failure to render payment for his services. Normal people have complaint forms and rappers have IG I guess. I'm most interested to hear Drakes's side of the story as so far all we've gotten is Mo-G whylin out and burning OVO gear on cam. Even if it's a subliminal, he's gotta touch on the controversy.
3. Young OVO
Since 2013 OVO Sound has become more of an entity in the music world and expanded its artistic roster with the likes of Majid Jordan, Roy Wood$ and DVSN. It would be shocking if most of the artists signed to OVO didn't make an appearance on the album in some way. Personally I would go crazy for a Roy Wood$ hook or verse somewhere on the album. A guest spot on Views would be a perfect way for the head of the OVO household to introduce his family to the rest of the world.
4. Tropical Riddims
Hotline Bling being the mega hit it was there was not much doubt that dancehall inspired rhythms would be making it on to Views. We're already starting to see this with the tracks Controlla and One Dance being very Jamaican inspired. I'm including this on this list cause the project wouldn't be complete without some summertime BBQ bangers.
5. Flows, Cadence and Patterns
Earlier in the year OVO Sound in-house producer Noah '40' Shebib did an interview with the New York Times. In it he said that Views would contain "a lot of introspection," as Drake discovers "new flows, cadences and patterns." Hotline Bling cemented Drakes status as a pop star with some critics wondering if he would even bother with much rap in the future. On Views we'll see if he can get back to his core skill of creating flows and patterns that become staples on the radio and spawn countless remixes.
I'm not usually one to be excited for features on an album but the rumor's surrounding the potential collaborators on Views are too moist not to mention. Gonna include Complex's list of potential features on the album below:
Beyoncé: The singer lent her vocals on “Can I,” which could appear on Views.
Kanye West: Drake helped Kanye on "30 Hours" and "Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1" off The Life of Pablo so it’s not out of the question that ‘Ye may return the favor on Views.
Kendrick Lamar: Rumors of the two rap giants hitting the studio together surfaced after the two simultaneously took to social media to express their affinity for $2 bills. The connection is a bit of a stretch, but if Drizzy and Kendrick did play out their rivalry on Views we could be looking at the biggest single of the year.
Willow Smith: Drake hinted at the young pop singer’s involvement in the album via an Instagram post captioned, “Young muse all on views.”
Metro Boomin: Drake teased a potential collab track with Metro in a cryptic tweet in February.
Future: What a Time to Be Alive was one of most hyped projects of 2015, and it would make sense for these two to continue their partnership on Views.
Noah "40" Shebib: The rapper’s right hand man posted a series of studio photos with Drake and talked about their recording process back in February.
Boi-1da and Cuebeatz: The veteran producers worked on “Summer Sixteen” with 40.