I’ll Name That Podcast Later
Drake “Views” Uninspired
(@Stevi_Loren) If you don’t follow hip hop or music in general 24 hours ago Joe Budden’s podcast “I’ll Name That Podcast Later” episode 64 streamed yesterday. I hate calling Joe Budden the “Pump It Up” rapper because he is truly an ILL lyricist and his music goes far beyond that song. I feel that it’s disrespectful. That is another topic for another day. If you the least bit into celebrity gossip I’m sure you spotted the spoof headline “Joe Budden calls Drake Uninspired”. Everyone’s ears rose to the occasion because Drake has become one of the three most influential rappers along with Kendrick Lamar and J.Cole.
These past two weeks have had music fans in a frenzy. On 4.23 Beyonce dropped “Lemonade” visual album. Brilliant music marketing scheme set the world on fire with gossip and rumors continuously circulating. Lemonade’s album was clear and concise and it got it’s point across quickly. Almost a week later on 4/29 “Views” Drake’s Fourth album dropped. Let’s be honest here, the album was good. Was it great?, Timeless or classic? No, No and No.
As a Drake fan I felt a bit slighted because I couldn’t wait for the album to drop. Again, the album was good but I personally didn’t feel the excitement or hunger that he use to possess. On this fourth album Drake has everything he once use to yearn for in his other albums. Hell, I’ve heard about Bria, Courtney from Hooters and Tiffany from Peach street and all the other list of women that has left an everlasting mark on his life. So I beg the question “Where is the Progression?”.
As stated before the 64th episode of Joe Budden’s podcast dropped and if your a Drake obsessed fan you will probably not like this podcast. I respect Joe Budden on another level for his precise opinion on Drake’s new album.
I truly respect that on many occasions Joe made it clear that he is a true Drake fan. However, I did miss the progression. Categorically speaking it is hard to put Drake in a box but I really missed Drake’s view on Views.
I totally understand about taking risks and making moves for progression but why come this far to just give us Views with no clear view. Maybe this is a way to slip into the “Pop” charts. Let’s be clear though I totally agree with Joe Budden when he states that the top three best hip hop artists right now are “J.Cole, Kendrick Lamar and Drake” They all stand for something completely different but they also mesh well together.
I don’t agree with Joe when he mentioned that he didn’t know why Drake felt he needed Future for an album. “What a time to be Alive” brought together two of the best hip hop artists from two different worlds. Not to mention they are going on tour this summer. It’s sort of like the Jay-z and R.Kelly “Best of Both Worlds”. They brought together the best of both worlds plain and simple and made an decent album.
Overall, Joe is extremely passionate in his beliefs. I don’t agree with everything he spoke about but I still am firm on my stance that I think he may be slightly uninspired. Drake and his team got him this far, I’m definitely not ready for the big LET-DOWN just yet. I personally believe that every musical artist has to be “Uninspired” at least once in their career to come back stronger than ever leaving no room for doubters and non-believers.
(@DaRealQuick) If I could play the devil’s advocate here, I would like to attempt to demonstrate what I believe to be a gravely overlooked series of power moves by Drake. From my perspective, Drake made a conscious decision with VIEWS that will result in more Billboard chart toppers than any other hip hop album EVER! And we’re not talking Hip hop charts, were talking about the big boy table; The Pop Billboard Charts. From what I can gather, records like “With You”, “Controlla”, and “Too Good” are pretty much safe bets to become Top 25 mainstays while “Hotline Bling” and “One Dance” have already become two of the most successful records in Drake’s catalog.
It’s pretty ironic that so many are missing Drake’s vision on an album titled VIEWS. I see what Drake is shooting at and its not hip hop supremacy because he achieved that years ago and I think even Joe Budden hints at Drizzy setting his focus souly on world domination. He’s already successfully anchored the Apple Music’s platform with OVO Sound Radio. He also took the crown as NIKE/Jordan brands top endorsee after Yeezus jumped ship for Adidas. This man is about BUSINESS and expanding his global reach.
Joe tiptoed over some really culturally significant statements about Drake’s influence on the youth and I think that the future generations and the world will benefit so much more by being inspired by VIEWS than WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE. There are many forces at play with this album and for the hardcore fans of Drake the rapper, I would tell you to just hold on a bit longer because there was a time where many were writing Drake off when “Hold on We’re Going Home” first dropped and we see how that played out. He then followed up the NWTS album with what? IYRTYTL and WTTBA and the rapper Drake fans loved it. So I say that to say, expect Drake to drop some throwaway singles for the streets and once again the universe will be placed back in order because Drake will restore his chokehold on the Billboard charts and the streets simultaneously as only the Six-God can do.
Do you think any of Drake’s albums were a classic? After you dominate all genre’s what’s next for a young artist?
Watch the Podcast below:
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