(AllHipHop News) Toronto rapper Drake is looking to pull off the rare feat of releasing two albums in one year. After dropping If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late in January, Drizzy is expected to release his next project Views From The 6 sometime in the next eight months.
Drake has become one of the biggest recording artists in the world, but after a few controversial experiences with the media (see his Rolling Stone interview) the 28-year-old performer has not done much press recently. Ernest Baker was given extensive access to Drake during the run-up to his Coachella performance, and Baker documented his experience in an article for Four Pins.
One of the key sections of Baker’s piece surrounds Drake’s next LP. According to the writer, the “Energy” rhymer is looking to present an entirely new style on Views From The 6 in the way Kanye West shocked listeners with his 2008 R&B album 808s & Heartbreak.
The topic of our talk switches to Drake’s upcoming fourth album. He only has two songs finished that he likes. One is a collaboration with Beyoncé that he recorded a while ago. The other is a song that he expects to inspire a paradigm shift. His days of releasing lay-up bangers that everyone loves right away are over. For now.
Views From The 6 needs to shock listeners just as much as it needs to impress them. I compare it to what Kanye did on his own fourth album, 808s & Heartbreak. Drake agrees and, as if to reinforce that notion, he tells me that Boi-1da said he needs to listen to the non-Beyoncé song a few more times before he can decide whether it’s good or not. It appears that Drake is ready to deviate from his winning formula and get a little weird.
Drake’s first headlining set at the Coachella Festival was hit with mixed reviews. The show was mostly overshadowed by the media firestorm that surrounded his on-stage kiss from Madonna. Drizzy apparently revealed he saw his Coachella night as a loss.
Three days after Coachella, I’m at a house party in Malibu. It’s a birthday celebration for Drake’s tour manager, Jamil. As fate would have it, I cross paths with Drake in a crowded corridor. We’ve been texting about the performance. Going online must be part of his day because he’s read some of the takedowns. The consensus is his Weekend 2 performance needs to be better.
“I took an L for the first time. I just have to reassess what went wrong with my judgment.”