Drake tops 10 billion Spotify streams, drops More Life mixtape

Sneakin'

Sneakin'

The project debuted this past Saturday (March 18) on OVO Sound Radio before becoming available on multiple streaming outlets.

Drake's More Life has more contributing artists than any other Drake project in history. Unlimited offers more than 10 million different songs on the streaming service and has albums, songs and deals that Amazon Music doesn't have. But Glow features the same vintage-sounding iteration of both rappers, as Drake earnestly sings the track's refrain ("Watch out for me, I'm about to glow") in between Yeezy's straightforward verses over an Earth, Wind & Fire sample. "But if someone come collecting, sooner than we're all expecting, at least the life you lived was one for you".

The new music from Drake is being released just as the rapper closes in on the final dates on the European leg of his "Boy Meets World" tour next week. And as such, whenever he releases an album, fans act like it's a holiday. I put on my new Toronto Maple Leafs jersey (BELFOUR, 20), walked upstairs in my aunt's Winnipeg home, and installed iTunes to her desktop computer. Indeed, it's a looser Drake that makes More Life work: it's jauntier, more experimental, more free-wheeling, and, frankly, better than Views. The point is proved further with the release of his highly anticipated playlist (which sounds more like a proper album), More Life.

On Passionfruit, the third song on More Life, the Detroit legend tells a crowd, "Hold on, hold on, fuck that".

This goes to show why Drake fans are the absolute worst.

Plus, More Life is poised to set the record for the most streams generated by an album's songs in a single week. He even leaves time for one of Canada's most popular tourist attractions, though it's not exactly a shining endorsement ("We evolved, used to think vacation meant Niagara Falls" he raps on Can't Have Everything).

This isn't some kind of bold new innovation on Drake's part, of course; mixtapes have long served as amuse-bouches between "proper" albums, perhaps no more visibly than for Drake's own mentor, Lil Wayne.

Whatever meaning you derive from More Life, it's satisfying to watch an artist think critically about his means of presentation.

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