Probably the best line is, “All the school kids are so sick of books and learning / They don’t read anymore… They just want to be like all the rappers that I can’t stand / N**gaz we don’t need anymore”. How Drake managed to pull off a boast about his own relevancy, a diss to all the irrelevant rappers, and a plea for children to stay in school is beyond me – but he did it. And he did it singing. This whopper of a line comes from Drake’s latest drop, “Heat of the Moment” one of three songs recently released from his upcoming album Views From The 6.
The track, produced by longtime collaborator and producer 40, is beautifully sung through and is an introspective R&B jam that feels like Drake’s stream of consciousness. The hook, “She asks me, who are you gonna be when it’s all over? / I don’t wanna think about that right now, heat of the moment” is really a meditative question a young man asks himself about the meaning of his life and sexual relationships. But these deep thoughts war against his natural inclination to just get it on without much forethought. Drake goes on to sing about “conditional love,” the struggle to settle down, and the disillusionment of being a player. The song also features an interesting conversation with an older wiser man who tells Drake that all the random meaningless sex people are having with each other is just the “heat of the moment”. He goes on to exhort Drake, “These people need to educate themselves” and “this sh*t has to stop.” Probably the inspiration for the song. Preach, brother, preach!
Other drops from Views From The 6 include “6 God,” a fast-paced rap song that has Drake stuntin’ on someone he calls “boy”. It’s straight swag-sauce. Drake really lets his delivery skills shine here, aggressively speed rapping while keeping the same cadence to hammer in his one point: that he’s the best. The lyrics are not the most diverse or brilliant in the world, but the delivery is intoxicating and the beat mesmerizing. Drake sings, “I’m not new to this”. No, sir, you are not.
The third cut is “How Bout Now.” Against a slinky brooding beat, Drake once again lets his lovesick poet out about a past girlfriend. “Remember when you had to take the bar exam I drove in the snow for you / Yeah you probably don’t remember half the sh*t a n**ga did for you.” Ouch. He raps about how he bought the girl’s father “a bunch of sh*t for Christmas, he didn’t even say thank you.” Double ouch. He reminisces about how as a come-up he used to play his old music for his girl, and she’d ask if they could “listen to Ludacris”. Triple – you get the idea. Drake is “man enough to tell you I was hurt there.”
Basically a revenge-of-the-ex song: “Cause I’m up right now / And you suck right now”. This type of vulnerability and openness to exposing the bitterness of his old wounds is part of Drake’s charm and what makes him massively appealing. Instead of frontin’ a typical nonchalant attitude to girls-gone-wrong, Drake lets you inside his pain and resentment, making him all the more relatable – especially to women.
While the tracks were released early to get ahead of leaking by hackers (according to a tweet by Drake himself), Views from the 6 currently has no release date. Based on these three songs, though, this album promises to be quite the introspective one. The cover art is praying hands. The music is praying mantis. So far, the music is not mind-shattering, but it’s catchy and it makes you think. Reflection seems to be what Drake wants his audience to do, because that is exactly what he is doing, now that he can afford a 6.