Anyone who knows me knows that I am the Champagne Mami. To give a little background, I thoroughly appreciate the art of hip hop, I’m Canadian, and I love sports. You’re probably thinking to yourself, “but Angela, you just described Drake.” You’re right, I did. We are soulmates and there’s nothing you can do about it.
I was beyond excited for Views to come out. Maybe it’s because he’s maturing as an artist…or maybe it’s because I LOVED Hotline Bling when it came out. In order to fully appreciate it, I decided to listen to it in full for the first time while doing a solo hike and enjoying the VIEWS of the 805.
VIEWS – DRAKE (Young Money/Cash Money/Republic Records, 2016)
- Keep the Family Close: A very strong opening which exposes the sham of staying friends with exes. He also compares his ex to a Chrysler that’s trying to look like a Bentley and it’s the ultimate diss.
- 9: 6 turned upside down is a 9. 6 and 9 together make a circle. Illuminati.
- The best way I can describe this song (and album) is as follows – Views : RapCommunity :: Lemonade : Jay-Z.
- U with Me?: In true Drake fashion, this starts with some type of phone tone—it gives off major Marvin’s Room vibes.
- I choose to believe my boy changed this to U to honor Prince (RIP I LOVE U AND I’M STILL SAD.) Champagne Papi also basically cosigns onto the guy gang which is so important. Seriously, never date a dude who doesn’t have a core group of friends. If he has a guy gang, it means that He Smart. He Loyal. He Grateful.
- Feel No Ways: This is an ultimate breakup anthem and does a great job of explaining the feelings you have when you have to end a relationship. You don’t hear a lot of songs from this point of VIEW (lol) so it’s a cool spin to hear from the breaker instead of the breakee. Also, the backbeat of this song sounds like it could have been on the Drive soundtrack.
- Hype: The first song that sounds a little more Champagne Papi and little less Aubrey. Honestly, I’ve listened to this one line in particular over and over and I still have NO IDEA what it means. He says “I hate a Goofy especially”—Is he talking about the Disney Character? The snowboarding technique? IDK.
- Or hm, maybe he’s saying he “I hate a GOOPY especially” which I can agree with. S/O Gwenny, never stop making stupid unattainable Christmas lists. You’re the real hero. Remember that time you tried to eat like a poor person? I do.
- Weston Road Flows: pass.
- Redemption: This song reminds me of when Lindsay Lohan released a list of all the famous dudes she had slept with in her prime. Only in this scenario, no one knows who TF Erika/Sydney is. Except Tumblr. Tumblr probably found Erika/Sydney real quick.
- With You: I cannot believe I’m about to say this but this song has a very light and airy feel to it. When I listen to this song, I image a big bay window open with sunshine coming into a perfectly white and pristine room. I’m waking up in a beautiful big bed and the birds are chirping. In this scenario, I am also 6 inches taller, 6 sizes smaller, and in the 6 with my woe, Drake.
- I may sound crazy but listen to it again and you will see what I’m saying. Are you listening yet? Are you feeling this feeling yet? You are. You’re welcome.
- Faithful: eh (and not in the Canadian way, more in the “eh okay” way); OK HONESTLY I THINK I WAS JUST TIRED ON MY HIKE THE FIRST TIME I LISTENED TO THIS SONG AND REVIEWED IT. THIS SONG IS GREAT. “Get all your affairs in order, I won’t have affairs, I’m yours, girl”
- Still Here: I really like this song but I also feel like I could do the exact same dance move for all 3 minutes and 9 seconds of it. It involves slow circular arm movements and leaning.
- Controlla: DJ Khaled said it best when he said Big Chune alert. This song is gooooooooood.
- One Dance: This was Drake’s first #1 (WHICH IS STILL SHOCKING) so that should speak volumes. When I listen to this, I truly believe Higher Powers take ahold of me and make me dance. It’s impossible to listen and not bop along.
- Grammys: First things first, this song would not win a Grammy. I can’t tell if this song is actually underwhelming or if it just feels underwhelming because it comes after One Dance. I love when Future and Drake work together but this song didn’t do it for me. Aubrey Gra(h)mmy, I’m just sayin’, you could do better.
- Childs Play: Arguably one of the best songs on the album. Any song that has the lyric “you go to CVS for Kotex in my Bugatti” or “why you gotta fight with me at Cheesecake, you know I love to go there” is basically written for me. S/O to Aubrey for doing the Lord’s work and unknowingly starting a dialogue on the tampon tax and period struggles. I hope his next album supports the Diva Cup.
- Just a few ideas to get the ball rolling:
- “Her Diva Cup never overflowin but she Diva Cuppin to my Benz and Boeing”
- “My girl responsible as hell, she should work for Green Peace. She recycles dudes and lives in a Diva Cup Period Piece.”
- “She Divas Up in her Diva Cup”
- Just a few ideas to get the ball rolling:
- Pop Style: Honestly, the second half of the album is banger after banger. It’s hard to even review because I will just start repeating myself. I appreciated that he talked about turning his birthday into a lifestyle *cough cough* October’s Very Own *cough cough*
- Too Good: RIRI AND DRAKE CAN DO NO WRONG MUSICALLY. Like, personality-wise they probs shouldn’t date but MUSICALLY THEY SHOULD JUST START DOING JOINT ALBUMS ALREADY. Yes, I did just giggle when I typed *joint* albums because every album RiRi does is a joint album AYOOO. Calling it now though: either this song or With You will be the next single.
- Summers Over Interlude:More like InterSNOOZE, amirite?
- Fire & Desire: If you have a flirty/sexy playlist, you probably want to put this song on it. Not a song I want to listen to constantly but dang you could fall in love with this playing in the background. U A REAL ASS WOMAN AND I LIKE IT; I DON’T WANT TO FIGHT IT. Thanks Aubrey, I think I am too.
- Views: Here it is. The title track. It genuinely feels like the closing credits on the album. Also v funny that he calls out that his life is like the Truman Show. I have a weird complex where I’m genuinely convinced my life IS the Truman Show but Aubs has more of a reason to feel that way for sure.
- Hotline Bling: This is the encore to the album. It’s like the Papi himself shined down upon us and said “I didn’t forget to play this song, I was just saving the best for last.” A perfect ending to a nearly perfect album.
Overall: 5/5 Gold Stars for Wheelchair Jimmy. I could have done without a few of the songs but that doesn’t take away from how good this album is.