Drake's 2013 album 'Nothing Was the Same' was a hard one to follow-up on, especially after it was nominated for a Grammy Award the following year. Although it lost to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' 'The Heist', the album spawned an impressive seven singles, including "Starting from the Bottom", "Hold On, We're Going Home", and "Worst Behavior".
Last summer, we listened and jammed out to "0 to 100 / The Catch Up", which Drake released with little notice, like this album. The song earned an additional two Grammy nominations, although Drake lost both to Kendrick Lamar's "i".
However, "0 to 100 / The Catch Up" doesn't appear on the album, which only makes it a collection of 17 very similar songs. They all consist of a similar weak beat, and Drake's voice sounds tired throughout the album—most notably on "Star67".
Drake calls in labelmate Lil Wayne for "Used To", adding it to the long list of songs the two artists have joined forces on. PARTYNEXTDOOR and Travi$ Scott also make appearances on the album.
One of the few good songs on the album is the closing track, "6PM in New York". It probably has the most energetic instrumental on the album, but even that is one that doesn't stand out. Not your best work, Drizzy.
As we all know, the album was originally planned to be a mixtape titled 'Views from the 6' (which explain the number '6' appearing in five song titles), but was scrapped. Let's cross our fingers Drake has something better in store planned down the road.
3. 10 Bands
4. Know Yourself
5. No Tellin'
7. 6 God
9. Preach - feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR
10. Wednesday Night Interlude - feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR
11. Used To - feat. Lil Wayne
12. 6 Man
13. Now & Forever
14. Company - feat. Travi$ Scott
15. You & The 6
17. 6PM in New York