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After releasing the hugely popular but artistically underwhelming Views in 2016, Drake went back to the mixtape approach for his next release, 2017's More Life. Over the course of 22 songs and almost an hour and a half of music, Drake shows again why he's one of the most frustrating rappers in the world. The main problem is that he's a better hip-hop-inspired R&B singer than he is an R&B-inspired rapper, but he refuses to acknowledge it. Listening to track after track of molasses-slow trap featuring Drake going on about how once he was on the bottom and now is firmly cemented at the top is tiresome at best, painful at worst. He only really comes to life on the songs where he drops the hard façade and lets some of his emotion show through, like the lovely island-inflected groover "Get It Together," which features Jorja Smith killing it in the role often occupied by Rihanna, or the dark-night-of-the-soul ballad "Nothings into Somethings," which balances his intimate crooning with introspective rapping. The bubbling "Passionfruit" is Drake at his smooth, melancholy best, showing off his skill at creating surprising melodies and entrancing atmosphere. These moments are too few and far between and most of the record sits right in the center of the rut Drake has dug for himself over the years. There are some tracks that break free of the boredom and show some kind of pulse -- usually the tracks where guests drop by and add their skills to the mix. Young Thug, in particular. His dramatic rapping and outsized persona put Drake to shame on "Ice Melts." He's Technicolor, while Drake is various shades of gray. That track and Sampha's feature ("4422"), where the singer gets deeper emotionally than Drake ever has, don't do Drake any favors. They only serve to showcase his flaws and make it clear that More Life is another overly serious, musically uninteresting effort. The few choice tracks, high-profile guests, and occasional stylistic shifts aren't enough to keep More Life from being another disappointing release. That it proved immensely popular upon its release will only serve to reinforce his misguided belief that he's the best rapper around.
© Tim Sendra /TiVo

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1
Free Smoke Explicit
00:03:38

A. Graham, ComposerLyricist - Drake, MainArtist - M. Samuels, ComposerLyricist - M. Bernard, ComposerLyricist - Noel "Gadget" Campbell, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Boi-1da, Producer - D. Sewell, ComposerLyricist - Paul Bender, ComposerLyricist - ALLEN RITTER, Producer, Additional Producer, ComposerLyricist - Naomi Saalfield, ComposerLyricist - Simon Mavin, ComposerLyricist - Perrin Moss, ComposerLyricist - Noel Cadastre, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Baka Not Nice, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bryan Antoine, ComposerLyricist - Akira Woodgrain, Unknown, Other

℗ 2017 Young Money Entertainment/Cash Money Records

2
No Long Talk Explicit
00:02:29

A. Graham, ComposerLyricist - Drake, MainArtist - Giggs, FeaturedArtist - Noel "Gadget" Campbell, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Cubeatz, Producer, Co-Producer - Kevin Gomringer, ComposerLyricist - Tim Gomringer, ComposerLyricist - Noel Cadastre, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Murda Beatz, Producer - Dirty Saj & Carl “Dennis” Willets, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - N. Thompson, ComposerLyricist - S. Lindstorm, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 Young Money Entertainment/Cash Money Records

3
Passionfruit Explicit
00:04:59

Noah Shebib, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Drake, MainArtist - Aubrey Graham, ComposerLyricist - Moodymann, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - N. Shebib, ComposerLyricist - Noel "Gadget" Campbell, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Nana Rogues, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Noel Cadastre, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Zoe Kravitz, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Gregg Moffett, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 Young Money Entertainment/Cash Money Records

4
Jorja Interlude Explicit
00:01:47

J. Smith, ComposerLyricist - A. Graham, ComposerLyricist - Drake, MainArtist - D. Mclean, ComposerLyricist - N. Shebib, ComposerLyricist - A. Eccleston, ComposerLyricist - Noel "Gadget" Campbell, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Noah "40" Shebib, Producer - Noel Cadastre, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 Young Money Entertainment/Cash Money Records

5
Get It Together Explicit
00:04:10

Black Coffee, FeaturedArtist, ComposerLyricist - Drake, MainArtist - Aubrey Graham, ComposerLyricist - N. Shebib, ComposerLyricist - Noel "Gadget" Campbell, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Noah "40" Shebib, Producer, Additional Producer - Stwo, Producer - Noel Cadastre, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Jefferies, ComposerLyricist - Nineteen85, Producer - Busisiwe Nqwiliso, ComposerLyricist - Jorja Smith, FeaturedArtist

℗ 2017 Young Money Entertainment/Cash Money Records

6
Madiba Riddim
00:03:25

Drake, MainArtist - Aubrey Graham, ComposerLyricist - Noel "Gadget" Campbell, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Frank Dukes, Producer - Noel Cadastre, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Jefferies, ComposerLyricist - Nineteen85, Producer - Adam Feeney, ComposerLyricist - Ryan Vojtesak, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 Young Money Entertainment/Cash Money Records

7
Blem
00:03:36

Drake, MainArtist - Aubrey Graham, ComposerLyricist - Lionel Richie, ComposerLyricist - T-Minus, Producer - Tyler Williams, ComposerLyricist - Noel "Gadget" Campbell, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Frank Dukes, Unknown, Other - Noel Cadastre, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Adam Feeney, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 Young Money Entertainment/Cash Money Records

8
4422
00:03:06

Drake, MainArtist - Noel "Gadget" Campbell, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Sampha Sisay, ComposerLyricist - Sampha, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Francisgotheat, Producer - Bach Hoang Nguyentran, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 Young Money Entertainment/Cash Money Records

9
Gyalchester Explicit
00:03:09

Drake, MainArtist - Aubrey Graham, ComposerLyricist - Rico Brooks, ComposerLyricist - Noel "Gadget" Campbell, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Cadastre, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - István Megyimórecz, ComposerLyricist - Harley Arsenault, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Baka Not Nice, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - IBeatz, Producer

℗ 2017 Young Money Entertainment/Cash Money Records

10
Skepta Interlude Explicit
00:02:21

Drake, MainArtist - MSM, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel "Gadget" Campbell, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Nana Rogues, ComposerLyricist - Joseph Adenuga, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 Young Money Entertainment/Cash Money Records

11
Portland Explicit
00:03:56

Drake, MainArtist - Aubrey Graham, ComposerLyricist - Noel "Gadget" Campbell, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Cubeatz, Producer, Co-Producer - Kevin Gomringer, Flute, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Travis Scott, ComposerLyricist - Travi$ Scott, Recording Engineer, FeaturedArtist, StudioPersonnel - Tim Gomringer, Flute, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Noel Cadastre, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Quavious Marshall, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Quavo, FeaturedArtist - Murda Beatz, Producer - Shane Lindstrom, Drums, Flute, Bass, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 Young Money Entertainment/Cash Money Records

12
Sacrifices Explicit
00:05:07

J. Williams, ComposerLyricist - D. Johnson, ComposerLyricist - A. Graham, ComposerLyricist - Drake, MainArtist - T-Minus, Producer - Tyler Williams, ComposerLyricist - T. Epps, ComposerLyricist - Finis "KY" White, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Noel "Gadget" Campbell, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - 2 Chainz, FeaturedArtist - Noel Cadastre, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Young Thug, FeaturedArtist - Deejae, Producer, Additional Producer - Noland Presley, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Charles "Bricks" Driggers, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 Young Money Entertainment/Cash Money Records

13
Nothings Into Somethings
00:02:33

Drake, MainArtist - Aubrey Graham, ComposerLyricist - Noel "Gadget" Campbell, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ryan Martinez, ComposerLyricist - Noel Cadastre, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - G. Ry, Producer - Wallis Lane, Producer - Edgar Nabeyin Panford, Producer, Additional Producer, ComposerLyricist - Paimon Jahanbin, ComposerLyricist - Nima Jahanbin, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 Young Money Entertainment/Cash Money Records

14
Teenage Fever Explicit
00:03:39

LaShawn Daniels, ComposerLyricist - Fred Jerkins III, ComposerLyricist - R. Jerkins, ComposerLyricist - Drake, MainArtist - Jennifer Lopez, ComposerLyricist - Aubrey Graham, ComposerLyricist - Mark Rooney, ComposerLyricist - Noel "Gadget" Campbell, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Hagler, Producer - Noel Cadastre, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marvin Thomas, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 Young Money Entertainment/Cash Money Records

15
KMT Explicit
00:02:42

A. Graham, ComposerLyricist - Drake, MainArtist - Giggs, FeaturedArtist - Noel "Gadget" Campbell, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ness, Producer - Noel Cadastre, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dirty Saj & Carl “Dennis” Willets, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - N. Thompson, ComposerLyricist - Chef Pasquale, Producer - Courtney Clayburn, ComposerLyricist - Cameron Shaikh, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 Young Money Entertainment/Cash Money Records

16
Lose You Explicit
00:05:05

Drake, MainArtist - Aubrey Graham, ComposerLyricist - N. Shebib, ComposerLyricist - Noel "Gadget" Campbell, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Noah "40" Shebib, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Stwo, Producer - Noel Cadastre, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steven Vidal, ComposerLyricist - Gregg Moffett, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 Young Money Entertainment/Cash Money Records

17
Can't Have Everything Explicit
00:03:48

Drake, MainArtist - Aubrey Graham, ComposerLyricist - Noel "Gadget" Campbell, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - J. Singh, ComposerLyricist - Noel Cadastre, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jazzfeezy, Producer - Harley Arsenault, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steven Jospeh Samson, Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 Young Money Entertainment/Cash Money Records

18
Glow Explicit
00:03:26

K. West, ComposerLyricist - Noah Shebib, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - A. Graham, ComposerLyricist - Ilsey Juber, ComposerLyricist - M. Yusef, ComposerLyricist - C. Young, ComposerLyricist - Drake, MainArtist - Anthony Jeffries, ComposerLyricist - Kanye West, Producer, FeaturedArtist - Aubrey Graham, ComposerLyricist - Maurice White, ComposerLyricist - Noah Goldstein, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Phillip Bailey, ComposerLyricist - N. Shebib, ComposerLyricist - Noel "Gadget" Campbell, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Carlo Montagnese, ComposerLyricist - Noah "40" Shebib, Producer - Noel Cadastre, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Majid Al Maskati, ComposerLyricist - Jordan Ullman, ComposerLyricist - J. Sakiya Sandifer, ComposerLyricist - Gabriel Garzón-Montano, ComposerLyricist - N. Goldstein, ComposerLyricist - Harley Arsenault, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - William Sullivan, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - L. King Jr, ComposerLyricist - Kenza Samir, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 Young Money Entertainment/Cash Money Records

19
Since Way Back
00:06:07

Warryn Campbell, ComposerLyricist - Drake, MainArtist - R. Kelly, ComposerLyricist - Aubrey Graham, ComposerLyricist - N. Shebib, ComposerLyricist - Noel "Gadget" Campbell, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ryan Martinez, ComposerLyricist - Noah "40" Shebib, Producer - PARTYNEXTDOOR, Producer, Recording Engineer, FeaturedArtist, StudioPersonnel - Noel Cadastre, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jahron Anthony Brathwaite, ComposerLyricist - G. Ry, Producer - M3rge, Producer, Co-Producer - FLR, Producer, Additional Producer - Marques Hutchison, ComposerLyricist - Michael Surio, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 Young Money Entertainment/Cash Money Records

20
Fake Love (Album Version (Explicit)) Explicit
00:03:31

John Whitehead, ComposerLyricist - Gene McFadden, ComposerLyricist - LEON HUFF, ComposerLyricist - Drake, MainArtist - Aubrey Graham, ComposerLyricist - Noel "Gadget" Campbell, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - ANDERSON HERNANDEZ, ComposerLyricist - Noel Cadastre, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vinylz, Producer - Adam Feeney, ComposerLyricist - Brittany Talia Hazzard, ComposerLyricist - Harley Arsenault, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 Young Money Entertainment/Cash Money Records

21
Ice Melts Explicit
00:04:10

A. Graham, ComposerLyricist - Beres Hammond, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Drake, MainArtist - Noel "Gadget" Campbell, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Young Thug, FeaturedArtist - Jeffery Williams, ComposerLyricist - Harley Arsenault, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Supah Mario, Producer - Jonathan Demario Priester, ComposerLyricist - Charles "Bricks" Driggers, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - L. Griffin, Jr., ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 Young Money Entertainment/Cash Money Records

22
Do Not Disturb Explicit
00:04:42

Drake, MainArtist - Aubrey Graham, ComposerLyricist - Matthew Samuels, ComposerLyricist - N. Shebib, ComposerLyricist - Noel "Gadget" Campbell, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Boi-1da, Producer - ALLEN RITTER, Producer, Co-Producer, ComposerLyricist - Noah "40" Shebib, Producer, Additional Producer - Noel Cadastre, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Aaron Ahmad, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Snoh Aalegra, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Snoh Nowrozi, ComposerLyricist - Harley Arsenault, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Leven Kali, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2017 Young Money Entertainment/Cash Money Records

Album Description

After releasing the hugely popular but artistically underwhelming Views in 2016, Drake went back to the mixtape approach for his next release, 2017's More Life. Over the course of 22 songs and almost an hour and a half of music, Drake shows again why he's one of the most frustrating rappers in the world. The main problem is that he's a better hip-hop-inspired R&B singer than he is an R&B-inspired rapper, but he refuses to acknowledge it. Listening to track after track of molasses-slow trap featuring Drake going on about how once he was on the bottom and now is firmly cemented at the top is tiresome at best, painful at worst. He only really comes to life on the songs where he drops the hard façade and lets some of his emotion show through, like the lovely island-inflected groover "Get It Together," which features Jorja Smith killing it in the role often occupied by Rihanna, or the dark-night-of-the-soul ballad "Nothings into Somethings," which balances his intimate crooning with introspective rapping. The bubbling "Passionfruit" is Drake at his smooth, melancholy best, showing off his skill at creating surprising melodies and entrancing atmosphere. These moments are too few and far between and most of the record sits right in the center of the rut Drake has dug for himself over the years. There are some tracks that break free of the boredom and show some kind of pulse -- usually the tracks where guests drop by and add their skills to the mix. Young Thug, in particular. His dramatic rapping and outsized persona put Drake to shame on "Ice Melts." He's Technicolor, while Drake is various shades of gray. That track and Sampha's feature ("4422"), where the singer gets deeper emotionally than Drake ever has, don't do Drake any favors. They only serve to showcase his flaws and make it clear that More Life is another overly serious, musically uninteresting effort. The few choice tracks, high-profile guests, and occasional stylistic shifts aren't enough to keep More Life from being another disappointing release. That it proved immensely popular upon its release will only serve to reinforce his misguided belief that he's the best rapper around.
© Tim Sendra /TiVo

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