Americans Left Confused After Loads Of British Artists Feature On Drake's New Album
The thirty-year old has dropped his latest album More Life but in-keeping with his status as the most streamed artist of 2016 Drake's called it a "playlist". It's also long - 22 whole tracks, perfect for binge listening to.
And people are generally pretty keen on the Canadian's latest music. But a lot of people have noticed that he's mixed it up. He's included a bunch of British grime artists like Skepta, Sampha and Giggs, to compliment his usual collaborators like Kanye West. And he's even adopted British and London slang. And some people are saying that he even attempts a British accent at one point. Weird...
Drake has been spending a lot of time on this side of the pond, and some people are saying it's a celebration of British talent.
Mark Ronson thought collaborating with British artists was great and paid tribute himself.
Other people have mentioned the phrase "identity crisis".
And a lot of Americans are just confused as to who all these people on the tracks are...and the inevitable backlash from Brits defending their favourite artists.
But some people are shook; they love the new playlist.
Ringer's Justin Charity is happy that Drake is embracing the dancehall music and gave the playlist a solid B+: "Frankly, it's refreshing: Drake's total emigration to dance music means we can leave behind the joyless, beleaguered Drake who took himself as seriously as Caligula."
But GQ says that the reason that the album is so eclectic and diverse is because he's basically given a platform to all the artists. All the tracks might as well say Sampha feat. Drake - his input is minimal. And that might look like an accident, but GQ argues not. Drake has been bringing grime MCs to his shows for the last two years. He's signed to Skepta's label BBK and has even got a tattoo of the label on his forearm.
Maybe this is Drake shining a light on a group of artists he admires, bringing their music to a wider group of individuals. After all, he didn't include Stormzy, who is the biggest grime artist in the UK right now. Instead he chose artists who weren't signed and only have a cult following.
And after a listen, More Life is pretty sick. It's a bit of a departure, but I think Drake has gone to the next level.
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