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Album Review: More Life

More Life, the eighth release from Canadian Rapper, Singer, and Songwriter Drake, has been received with unprecedented positive feedback from the music community. Critics praised Drakes wide variety of featured artists including, but not limited too, Young Thug (Sacrifices), Quavo (Portland), Travis Scott (Portland), 2 Chainz (Sacrifices), and Kanye West (Glow). The new material broke streaming records on both Spotify and Apple Music with an initial day total of 61.3 million streams on Spotify, breaking the previous record of 56.7 million for ‘÷’ by Ed Sheeran, in early March 2017. On Apple Music, the tracks of the album achieved a total of 89.9 million streams on the day of release (not including the amount of listeners during the OVO Sound Radio debut of the album on Beats 1), setting the record of most streams of an album in a single day on Apple Music. More Life is an important development to be noted in the streaming industry as the subscriber base of both Spotify and Apple Music have nearly doubled since Drake’s previous album in 2016, Views.

Here at the Doobie our personal favorite tracks happen to be ‘Portland’ and ‘Gyalchester’. ‘Portland’ offers the traditional upbeat aggressive rapping style of Drake in addition to the catchy lyrics of Migos member Quavo, and the vocal talent of Houston rapper Travis Scott. ‘Gyalchester’ is definitely Drakes most aggressive track on the album, with straight hard hitting verses and an infectious chorus. From a macro perspective it seems like ‘Passionfruit’ has held the #1 place in audiences hearts with nearly 50 million listens since last weeks release.

It is still unclear whether Drake plans to tour this summer as a follow-up to More Life but whatever he does it is clear that Drake is currently extremely confident with what he has produced and will only be fueled to write more material after this commercial success.

From all of us here at the Doobie,