If you're a Drake fan, March 18 marked the day you've been anticipating for a long time.
At 6 PM Eastern Time, Drake premiered his stacked 22-song "playlist" More Life on OVO Sound Radio. Like Drake always does, he teased us with snippets, leaked rumors, and months of delays to stir up the pot.
The project is streamable through Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, and available for purchase on iTunes.
Initial reactions to the album/playlist have been exceptional for Drake. Artists featured include PartyNextDoor, Kanye West, Travis Scott, Young Thug, and 2 Chainz.
Producers Noah "40" Shebib, Boi-1da, Kayne, and Murda brilliantly weave in classic samples and diverse melodies that satisfy audiences of Drake's island, pop, rap, and R&B flow. It would be no surprise if More Life puts the single week streaming record completely out of reach.
Quick takeaways from the first listen (note: these are not all the songs).
Free Smoke Drake sets the stone for the playlist while throwing shots at Meek Mill and Jay Z.
No Long Talk MurdaBeatz debut that will shake your car.
Passionfruit Drake highlights his relationship with women to a catchy island beat.
4422 4422 refers to documents that give permission to tear down a house or estate. Drake relates this to his complicated relationship incorporating Sampha's vocals on the chorus.
Gyalchester Another hip hop banger where Drake flexes his net worth and position at the top.
Teenage Fever Drake samples Jennifer Lopez's "If You Had My Love". The two were seen having a relationship not long ago.
Can't Have Everything Drake reiterates his desire to keep pushing the envelope to achieve new heights. He samples a conversation with his mother at the end, revealing the inspiring relationship between the two of them.
Glow With "40" and Kanye producing, the beat has a very intricate flow. First collab since "Pop Style" for Kanye and Drake.
Since Way Back Party's debut on the playlist. Six minutes and eight seconds. Bring your girl too.
Do Not Disturb Drake brings it home on the final song. Very similar song and flow to "5AM In Toronto", and "6PM In New York". Boi-1da gives Drake his space to mediate and reminisce on his year. He also reveals what the future holds and when you can expect to hear from him again.
More life and well worth the wait!