It’s been almost a week since Drake released More Life, and after listening to it front to back multiple times, this 22 track “playlist” still sticks. More Life is an album that is uniquely Drake. It’s the perfect blend of smooth R&B and rap. Nothing is halfway on this record. The lyrics aren’t shy and his flow is fluid as ever. This album plays like a comeback in the ring, and Drake brought it all to the table this time around; honest lyrical content, incredible production, and a broad mix of tracks to fit any mood.
More Life opens just like it should, and the track that kicks it off, “Free Smoke”, is my favorite on the whole record. It makes a strong statement right from the start. It’s the classic opener that establishes his dominance in a “no questions asked” manner. Then, there are tracks like “Passionfruit” that are more mellow R&B. It’s a nice break from 808 kick drums and that low sub that rattles on other tracks. The hybrid track listing is checkered with songs and interludes that lean different ways with multiple featured artists.
As far as hip-hop cameos go, More Life is full of them; Kanye West, 2 Chainz, Young Thug, Travis Scott, Black Coffee and quite a few more. For some, it might be one too many, and some guest appearances fit the vibe of the album better than others. Artist cameos may not be the defining factor that sells the record, but it’s an impressive lineup nonetheless. It reveals all of the intricate creative possibilities that the theme of More Life represents.
In terms of production, this record hits hard. For a long set of 22 tracks, there is enough variety and ear candy to keep things interesting. It’s loaded full of catchy, hard-hitting, and deeply melodic tracks. Not every track holds your hand. There’s an obscure bite to the general flow of the tracklist, but after a few runs, we find that the seamless twists from track to track really make More Life a record worth spinning.
There are some questions that have stirred up based on Drake’s reference about texting JLo, not to mention his “ghostwriter” punch line aimed at Meek Mill. Despite the controversy, More Life excels at being a good blend of everything that is purely Drake. The upclose and personal appeal of More Life will make this record an open book for fans to revisit time and time again, right down to the last verse.