hmv.com presents... Albums Of 2015: #10 Drake
Every day during January we’re going to be previewing the albums that are going to be hitting the shelves in 2015. Most will definitely come out, some probably will, and some we really hope finally see the light of day (we’re looking at you Adele…). Today we get ourselves ready for album no. 4 from Canadian rapper Drake...
A Little Background…
First making his name as an actor with a role in Degrassi High spin-off Degrassi: The Next Generation, the rapper, singer and producer we've come to know as Drizzy has become one of the darlings of the hip-hop scene in recent years. Since his debut LP, 2010's Thank Me Later, rocketed to the top of the Billboard 200, he's released a further two Billboard chart-topping albums, plus he's written and produced tracks for a variety of artists including Rita Ora, Jamie Foxx and Alicia Keys.
Back in July last year he announced that he would be starting work on his new album soon, and by October a new track rumoured to be from the new album called 'How About Now' had already leaked on the internet. Drake responded by linking to the track, plus two new ones, on a Soundcloud page, offering a tantalising glimpse of what he's been up to in a relatively quiet year for the rapper.
What's It Called?
Even before starting work on the album, Drake told us back in July last year that the new album would be called Views From The 6, thought to be an allusion to the area code in his native Toronto.
What Will It Sound Like?
Drake's sound weaves in elements of hip-hop, R&B, soul and pop, making for a unique style that's proved a hit with fans of all these genres, and if the three new tracks on offer are anything to go by the new album will represent a refinement of this rather than a radical departure. Along with 'How About Now', based around an infectious sample of Jodeci's 'My Heart Belongs To You', '6 God' offers some new insight with Drizzy rapping over a trap beat with a frantic synth riff, while the more laid-back 'Heat of the Moment' is a smooth, lazy R&B track showing Drake's more vulnerable side, so there's a fair bit of variety on the way, as you'd probably expect.
Who's Producing It? Are There Any Big-Name Guests?
Boi-1da is credited for work on '6 God' and 'How About Now', along with Syk Sense and Jordan Evans, with Noah '40' Shebib handling the production for 'Heat of the Moment', but as for the rest of the album we've yet to see who will producing the rest of its tracks, though we'd expect those named above to feature elsewhere too. As for guests, Drizzy's albums usually feature the odd guest slot here and there, with collaborators to date including Outkast's Andre 3000, fellow Canadian The Weeknd and regular SBTRKT collaborator Sampha, among others, but no guests for Views From The 6 have been confirmed as yet.
Will It Really Come Out This Year? And When?
It looks likely to be released in the first half of this year, but there's no official release date just yet.