Snapchat-king DJ Khaled has been teasing for the past few weeks that he has a song with Drake, and today the single "For Free" was debuted on Apple Music's Beats 1 with Zane Lowe. The single, first off of Khaled's upcoming album on Epic Records dubbed "Major Key," comes as Drake is already taking over the airwaves with "Views" singles "One Dance" and "Controlla."
Listen to "For Free" below:
Drake has released his new album, shortened from Views from the 6 to simply Views, late last night. This album has been highly anticipated not only because Drake is a well-known, well-liked rapper in the hip-hop realm, but also because his single “Summer Sixteen” included lyrics hyping up the value of his new music. He raps, “All summer sixteen, playin’ dirty not clean… Lookin’ for revenge all summer sixteen.” Though this album certainly brings the sexual coolness that makes Drake able to play with pop queens such as Rihanna in her song “Work,” Views also creates an introspective view on his undoubted success derived from a humble upbringing as a Toronto native.
In addition to Drake’s twenty-track album, he also includes huge stars as features on multiple tracks. Future, Rihanna, and PARTYNEXTDOOR are all artists that add to his album without overshadowing the unique-sounding rapper. In general, the album directly parallels Drake’s sound that has made him famous: it’s light and smooth while still maintaining quick and witty rap lyrics that rise to the surface of every track. Songs like “Weston Road Flows” describes a humble beginning for the rap star that verifies his relentless ego that pervades his music now. Though the hip-hop genre is filled with proud ego, Drake argues through this song that the hard work put in along the way is the reason it should be rewarded. Furthermore, “Grammys” featuring Future includes like such as “I pull up in yachts so big that they try to hit me with boat fines OVO a gold mine… but I'm going to go no time… hall of fame, hall of fame.” This is the cocky contrast to the explanation in “Weston Road Flows,” describing the beginning versus the current luxurious lifestyle.
Drake also includes songs on the album like “Childs Play” that is an extremely witty insult song to a girl that lightens the mood of Views. The following lyrics are in only one verse of the song that accurately describes the brilliant yet cold attitude Drake ensues to the female subject of the song. “Why you gotta fight with me at Cheesecake? You know I love to go there, say I'm actin' light skinned, I can't take you nowhere. This a place for families that drive Camrys and go to Disney. They don't need to know all of our business. You wildin', you super childish; you go to CVS for Kotex in my Bugatti. I took the key and tried to hide it, so you can't drive it, and put on mileage, then you find it, awkward silence.” He compares the relationship and her actions to child’s play; it’s the best way to describe immaturity between two people in reflection of a relationship.
In total, Views is the epitome of Drake’s artistic identity to present day. The extensive twenty-song track list includes icy sensuality, witty attitude, and insight into his journey towards the current pinnacle of his career. Though Drake’s tendency towards lighter, smoother rap pervades the tracks, his also includes tracks with features such as Future to highlight harder, louder rap to even out the album’s tone. Fans should be satisfied, even after “Summer Sixteen” and its hype, at Views’s well-rounded sound.
Lookin' for revenge... all Summer Sixteen... Drizzy wasn't kidding.
This Friday, the day his highly anticipated album Views from the 6 is set to be released, Drake and Future's "Summer Sixteen Tour" is set to release its tickets for sale. The tour includes the OVO Fest in the Toronto native's home city July 31st set to also include huge names such as Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg. Roy Woods and DVSN are also on board for the tour. The two rappers worked on What A Time to Be Alive, their mixtape that dropped last fall, so there is no surprise that they will continue their powerhouse duo in the tour realm after both will have recently released new albums. One thing is certain: all Summer Sixteen... they'll be playin' dirty not clean.
Tickets go onsale this Friday over at Ticketmaster. See full tour dates below:
July 20 – Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center
July 21 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
July 23 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
July 24 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
July 26 – Chicago, IL – United Center
July 27 – Chicago, IL – United Center
July 31 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
Aug. 1 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
Aug. 4 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Aug. 5 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Aug. 10 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
Aug. 12 – Buffalo, NY – First Niagara Center
Aug. 13 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
Aug. 14 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
Aug. 16 – Detroit, MI – Joe Louis Arena
Aug. 17 – Pittsburgh – CONSOL Energy Center
Aug. 19 – Washington DC – Verizon Center
Aug. 21 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
Aug. 23 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum Complex
Aug. 25 – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
Aug. 27 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
Aug. 30 – Miami, FL – AmericanAirlines Arena
Sept. 2 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
Sept. 3 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Sept. 4 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Sept. 6 – Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Arena
Sept. 7 – Los Angeles, CA – STAPLES Center
Sept. 9 – Los Angeles, CA – STAPLES Center
Sept. 11 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
Sept. 13 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
Sept. 16 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
Sept. 17 – Vancouver, BC – Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
How do you sell out your first annual hip hop show at one of the world's most prestigious venues? Add Kendrick Lamar, Ty Dolla $ign, Rae Sremmurd and more, maybe even throw in a surprise performance by rap-royalty Drake. That's exactly what LA radio station Real 92.3 did for their inaugural "Real Show" on November 8th at The Forum.
Check out photos from the show below, featuring Jidenna, Jeremih, Rich Homie Quan, Rae Sremmurd, Ty Dolla $ign, Future and Kendrick Lamar, with surprise guests Lil Dicky, DJ Mustard, Drake, Jay Rock & more: