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Drake’s “More Life” Breaks Barriers Within The Music Industry

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“More Life,” the most anticipated album of 2017, recently hit all streaming platforms as well as stores worldwide. Described as a playlist by hip-hop artist Drake, “More Life” is a compilation of tracks with eclectic sounds and vibes that has a song for any mood listeners are in. With a total of 22 tracks, the three-time Grammy winner has surpassed expectations and dismissed the idea of being a “one-dimensional” rapper.

Released on March 18, “More Life” shattered the previous streaming record Drake had set with his album “Views.” The new release has been streamed 384.8 million times, according to Billboard.com. Along with this noteworthy achievement, the “6 God” has broken out of the box in which he was previously placed by drawing inspiration from all over the world and including them in the playlist. The title “More Life” itself is a Jamaican phrase meaning “you’re going to continue enjoying life in a good way.”

With the numerous amounts of sounds and vibes exuding a cultural aspect within the album, a new wave of experimentation worked out as the playlist received high praise.

The 22-track playlist also boasted a list of features that would enhance its quality. The majority of these artists were from the UK, as Drake’s cultural diversity allowed the range of features to broaden. Headlining the list are UK’s very own Skepta, Sampha and many more. As for American artists, Kanye West is at the forefront followed by fellow rappers Young Thug and Travis Scott, as well as Atlanta-based sensations Quavo and 2 Chainz.

Drake enthusiast junior Tywan Williams said he thoroughly enjoyed the album. As one of Drake’s biggest fans, he was pleased by the diversity and the new route the artist took. “The album was great, and all the different types of music was a new and pleasing experience,” he said.

As for a professional review, “More Life” also garnered the approval of many critics. “XXL”, an American hip-hop magazine, gave the playlist a 4/5. “Exclaim!,” a Canadian music magazine, gave the same rating, and editor Erin Lowers offered her take. “Excluding its minor gaffes, ‘More Life’ cements a place for genres long-overlooked by mainstream media; dancehall, grime, afrobeat, house, trap and, of course, rap,” she said.

While 2017 continues, “More Life” will be in constant rotation. Drake will take some time off, and in the closing track “Do Not Disturb” the artists ends the experience appropriately: “Take the summer off, ‘cause they tell me I need recovery… I’ll be back in 2018 to give you the summary. More Life.”

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