7 Years Later and Drake’s “Views” Holds Up To The Test of Time

It’s been seven years since the world saw Drake perched up on top of the city of Toronto’s CN Tower for his “Views” album cover, and yes the album cover was photoshopped. Drake’s fourth studio album “Views” was highly anticipated and lived up to the hype with its unique blend of genres and introspective lyrics. Released in 2016, the album featured 20 tracks that showcased Drake’s versatility as an artist.

The album starts with “Keep the Family Close,” a hauntingly beautiful track that sets the tone for the rest of the album. The slow, melancholic piano melody is paired with Drake’s introspective lyrics about betrayal and the importance of family. This theme of loyalty and betrayal is a recurring motif throughout the album.

One of the standout tracks on the album is “One Dance,” which became an instant hit and spent several weeks at the top of the charts. The upbeat track features a sample from Kyla’s “Do You Mind,” and Drake’s signature laid-back flow complements the infectious beat.

Another highlight of the album is “Controlla,” which features a dancehall-inspired beat and lyrics about a tumultuous relationship. The track showcases Drake’s ability to seamlessly blend different genres and create something fresh and unique.

Drake’s “Weston Road Flows” is a standout track from his album “Views.” The track features a smooth, laid-back beat that perfectly complements Drake’s introspective lyrics about his upbringing and rise to fame. One line from “Weston Road Flows” that stands out for its imagery and emotional impact is “We had to be on point for our inheritance, we had to make it here.” This lyric speaks to the pressure and responsibility that Drake felt growing up in his hometown of Toronto, particularly in the neighborhood of Weston Road. “Weston Road Flows” showcases Drake’s lyrical prowess and ability to create a vivid and captivating narrative through his music.

The album also features collaborations with several other artists, including Rihanna, Future, and Popcaan. The collaboration with Rihanna, “Too Good,” is a standout track that showcases the chemistry between the two artists.

One of the most powerful tracks on the album is “Views,” which features Drake reflecting on his journey to fame and the toll it has taken on his personal relationships. The track is raw and emotional, and Drake’s vulnerability is on full display.

Seven years after its release, Drake’s “Views” album remains a pivotal moment in his career and the music industry as a whole. It was an album that showcased his versatility and unique ability to blend different genres and create something fresh and innovative. “Views” captured Drake’s introspection, vulnerability, and raw emotions, and it became a defining moment in his discography. 5 albums later and “Views” remains a fan favorite and a cultural touchstone. As Drake continues to dominate the music industry, “Views” will always be a testament to his talent and legacy.

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