Drake's More Life album/"playlist" project is here, with OVO Sound Radio on Apple Music's Beats 1 premiering the album via tonight's episode, scheduled for 6pm EST, actually begun just after 6:30. The 30-year-old artist said in a voicemail intro that it's "a celebration of that fact that we're all here, all still going."
Stream the 22-song More Life on Beats 1, on Tidal or below via Spotify. It features Kanye West, Travis Scott, 2 Chainz, Quavo, Young Thug (twice), PartyNextDoor, Sampha, Skepta, Black Coffee, Jorja Smith, Giggs (also twice) and, just for a quick pep-talk, no rapping, Lil Wayne.
Drizzy's new release is the official follow-up to last April's incredibly commercially successful Views, and it's been a long ride to get to More Life. The Toronto rapper/singer first announced the project in October for a birthday episode of OVO Sound Radio, saying it would drop in December and explaining the concept:
"I’m off like mixtapes, I want to do a playlist. I want to give you a collection of songs that become the soundtrack to your life, so this is More Life: The Playlist. Like I said, dropping in December. All original music from me. You might hear some tunes from the family on there. Just really excited. I had a great tour, I had a great summer. And most people would like go probably take a break, but for me I just want to get right back to it. Be with the people again."
It was then pushed by to the top of 2017, which led us to consider all the possible theories explaining the delay. Last month, OVO's Oliver El-Khatib continued to tease More Life. "Everything’s moving along nicely. As soon as it’s done, you guys will be the first to know," he said on OVO Sound Radio.
In an hourlong interview with DJ Semtex in February, Drake elaborated on that playlist/album/mixtape dichotomy:
“The style in which it’s being put together is based off of our concept that is OVO Sound Radio. You’ll kind of hear it when you hear the project. I love the way it’s put together. It’s really put together as a seamless listen. Basically, what I asked myself was, ‘What would happen if I just did an OVO Sound Radio but every song was a new Drake song?’ That was kind of my idea for it. It’s just an evolution of the mixtape. It was getting tough to be like, ‘I’m dropping a mixtape but it’s for sale on iTunes.’ It was like, ‘Oh, that’s your album.’ I didn’t want people to say this is my next album. Views was my album. This is something that, after Views, I was just inspired. I wanted to keep the music flowing.”
Drake is currently on his European Boy Meets World Tour, which kicked off in January. Next up, check out an episode of Fuse's The Drake Effect, where we dive into how Drizzy changed the mixtape game forever: