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  • Summary: Originally titled Views From The 6, the fourth full-length studio release for the Canadian rapper features guest appearances from Kyla, Pimp C, Popcaan, and Wizkid.

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One Dance
Baby, I like your style Grips on your waist Front way, back way You know that I don't play Streets not safe But I never run away Even when I'm... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. May 2, 2016
    80
    Views, made up of twenty polyrhythmic and eclectically curated tracks, is Toronto's ethos and identity in sonic form, an inside joke between Aubrey Graham and the city he's championed since the start.
  2. May 4, 2016
    80
    It's a slow album, but through multiple listens, we're treated to the same complexities, but personal and musical, that have made him such a fascinating figure throughout the past decade.
  3. Mojo
    Jun 28, 2016
    80
    Drake's genuinely fleet-footed flows and sly humour prevent his pained introspection descending into a cheesy whine fest. [Aug 2016, p.95]
  4. May 2, 2016
    68
    Spanning an obnoxious 82 minutes, the record goes through several musical and thematic phases, but the overall atmosphere is bitter, petty, worn-down. It confuses loyalty and stagnation, wallowing in a sound that is starting to show its limits.
  5. 60
    Views, like Take Care and Nothing Was the Same before it, is brilliant in places and thoroughly bloated in others.
  6. May 4, 2016
    60
    Views packs much less of a political punch than Bey’s must-hear epic, and at 20 tracks, Aubrey for the most part provides a rather overweight and lethargic waltz through his musical comfort zone.
  7. 40
    It’s not completely without merit--some of the backing tracks have a mesmerisingly entropic grip, as well they might, with 14 writer/producers involved in a single track--but the overall effect is utterly wearying, and unpersuasive: after all, only fools waste pity on the wealthy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 81 out of 203
  2. Negative: 58 out of 203
  1. Apr 29, 2016
    10
    Coming from a big Drake fan, I loved the album. His singing and vocals have improved a lot, I think that Drake and 40 made a great work here.Coming from a big Drake fan, I loved the album. His singing and vocals have improved a lot, I think that Drake and 40 made a great work here. As for the part that everyone was expecting a rap album, Drake has said several times that even though he is a rapper, and has been know for his rap skills, he likes and enjoys singing. Good to know that the 2-year wait is finally over and I'm able to have this album on repeat. :) Expand
  2. May 2, 2016
    10
    great music fantastic flow. Drake delivered as promised. People only hate it cause he doesn't rap on half his songs but thats not who he is.great music fantastic flow. Drake delivered as promised. People only hate it cause he doesn't rap on half his songs but thats not who he is. He is more than just rap but still has great bars Expand
  3. May 15, 2016
    9
    i have noticed much hate at the album but i actually enjoyed it and will enjoy it in the future too. I think most of the hate comes fromi have noticed much hate at the album but i actually enjoyed it and will enjoy it in the future too. I think most of the hate comes from people who started to like drakes music after those more rap and less singing mix tapes of last year but now didn't like this because "views" had more singing and emotions than the mix tapes. Overall good album for people who liked drakes older work like "take care" and "thank me later" Expand
  4. Jul 17, 2017
    6
    it'sit's okay............................................................................................................................................................ Expand
  5. Apr 29, 2016
    4
    I was very disappointed i expected so much more, Drake barley raps on this. The sound is all over the place one second its rap ,than r n b,I was very disappointed i expected so much more, Drake barley raps on this. The sound is all over the place one second its rap ,than r n b, then reggie it just comes of as unfinished. Additionally this has the most mediocre tracks out of any drake project Expand
  6. May 2, 2016
    3
    Drake. The man who somehow became the biggest name in Rap without actually rapping. Views comes just a few short years after his last soloDrake. The man who somehow became the biggest name in Rap without actually rapping. Views comes just a few short years after his last solo album "Nothing Was The Same". In the meantime Drake released a solo mixtape "If You're Reading This, It's Too Late" which was solid, but nothing game changing. Then his mixtape with Future that spawned the single "Jumpman" where Drake just Drakes all over Future beats while Future was just there for the ride. Then during all that he won a very lob-sided feud over Meek Mill. Though Mill had a better position on the issue, Drake slaughtered him with a series of pretty mediocre diss tracks.
    It's been a solid five years since Drake has release a great album. His 2011 album "Take Care" was nothing short of phenomenal. With a few duds at the end, it wasn't a classic, but it does have a big handful of the best tracks Drake has ever had anything to do with. Views is basically tracks 12-18 on Take Care but less interesting. It's slow, uninspired, lazy lyrics and nothing that tells you to stick around.
    Drake completely out-draked Drake in the most Drake way possible in Views. At twenty tracks long we hear some tracks that could have been enjoyable had the beats been a little bit more pronounced and in your face, but they all seem extremely watered down. To make matters worse Drake took out the features from Poppocan, Kanye West and Jay Z. Drake just Drakes all over every single track and even when there is a guest feature, Drake shows up and Drakes over their part. It's almost as if he just can't handle not having complete control over this album. What's sad is that the guest features on this album are the parts that give this album life, but they're so few and far between the album just seems dead in between.
    Lyrically the album is so Drake that it hurts. It's so uninspired, and it spawns some of the weakest lines ever put into a rap song. "Like when Crystler made that one car that looked just like the bently." What in the? It's like Drake can't have enough Drake so he's having conversations with himself in the music. It's painful to say the least.
    Ultimately this Drake is so Drake that not even Drake can Drake enough. So Drake just Drakes all over this Drake and Drake just Drakes Drake Drake. Drake.
    This Drake Gets Three Drakes out of Ten Drakes.
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  7. Nov 7, 2016
    0
    I was a huge Drake fan before VIEWS and thoroughly believed that VIEWS would be Drake's magnum opus. However, I was instantly disgusted by theI was a huge Drake fan before VIEWS and thoroughly believed that VIEWS would be Drake's magnum opus. However, I was instantly disgusted by the mediocrity that is VIEWS. There are literally no memorable songs besides Controlla. The fact that Drake has sold so many copies is disgusting because this record is one of the worst projects he has ever put out. I cannot listen to the whole album because it is so dull and monotonous. Lyrically there are no meaningful songs, only songs that resemble past Drake songs. The bright spot of the album is PARTYNEXTDOOR's feature. Expand

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