Drake‘s VIEWS is finally here, and if there’s one thing we’ve taken away from the experience leading up to now, it’s that Drake has reached his pinnacle. The 20-track album, which runs at an hour and 22 minutes, finds Toronto’s king comfortably seated on his throne. Between having one of the best summers ever last year (that Meek Mill beef is forever embedded) and dropping the cult single of the century (“Hotline Bling”), Drake’s got the mainstream game firmly in his grasp, and it doesn’t seem he’s letting go any time soon.
As expected, VIEWS plays host to a slew of prime producers and many of Drake’s famous friends. In honor of VIEWS‘ long-awaited release, we decided to break down its features, ranked in order from “ehhh…” to “ayyyeee!!!”
6. “With You” (feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR)
Similar to previous tracks where PARTYNEXTDOOR is featured (“Preach,” “Wednesday Night Interlude”), Drake allows his OVO signee to take the lead. While PND’s potential is undeniable (his demo for Rihanna’s “Work” is flame emojis), Drake probably could have carried this song on his own. “With You” ultimately sounds more like it belongs on a mixtape, and that’s just kind of unfortunate.
5. “Grammys” (feat. Future)
What a time to be alive. Drake and Future come together again following their 2015 face-off. Drizzy drops some bars in quintessential Drizzy fashion (“Tell me how you really feel / I would ask you what’s the deal / But you don’t even got a deal”), but it isn’t until Future makes his entrance that things take off. The tag team dynamic just isn’t there, though we really wish it was.
4. “Summers Over Interlude” (feat. Majid Jordan)
Though not included on the final tracklist as a feature, we’d know the voice of Majid Al Maskati anywhere. The OVO crooner steps away from Majid Jordan’s dark, spacious Dance&B and enters the sultrier realm of slow-burning soul. Speaking in terms of cohesiveness, VIEWS probably could have done without this interlude, but we’re generally glad it’s there. The sonic pairing was sweet.
3. “One Dance” (feat. Wizkid & Kyla)
Drake taps UK songstress Kyla for what will likely be the soundtrack of rooftop parties to come. Kyla lends her refreshing songbird vocals to the island-infused track, while Wizkid continues to show the world why he’s one to become acquainted with.
2. “Too Good” (feat. Rihanna)
While “Work” showcases the best of a DriRi collaboration, we’d argue the necessity of Drake’s presence while comparing it to their past music couplings (e.g. “What’s My Name?”). On “Too Good,” however, the pairing makes sense, and Nineteen85’s spotless production just makes it all the more harmonious.
1. “Faithful” (feat. Pimp C & dvsn)
To know Drizzy is to understand his adoration for the south. For “Faithful,” Drake lends a spot to the late Pimp C, legendary southern producer and founding member of UGK. Drake delivers what’s probably one of his strongest performances on the album, but the OG Pimp C posthumously shows him how it’s done. Also featured are R&B newcomers dvsn, who pleasantly give us more throwback 90’s vibes than we can even begin to handle.
PHOTO CREDIT: Getty, Warner Music/OVO Sound, CLIENT, Drake’s Views From The 6 album cover