Finally, the wait is over. Drake has released Views (formerly Views From The 6, just to keep us all guessing), and I can now listen to it on repeat until everyone I know is sick of me. The "Hotline Bling" singer is already a legend as far as I'm concerned, and Views further proves how much of a genius he really is. As is to be expected from an artist of Drake's calibre, there are some amazing guest artists on Drake's Views, and the list of collaborators surpasses all expectation, if that's even possible. While we've known about some of the musicians included on Drake's new album for a while, there are some surprises. Without further ado, which artists are featured on Drake's Views?
To start with, there are the collaborations we already knew about. "Controlla" featuring Popcaan is an incredibly catchy track you've probably listened to a million times already since it leaked. However, the version on the album doesn't contain Popcaan's contributions. Two official singles were released from Views — "Pop Style" featuring The Throne, which is none other than Jay Z and Kanye West, and "One Dance" which features Wizkid and Kyla. Yet, like "Controlla," "Pop Style" on the album has no evidence of Jay Z or Kanye West. Seriously, does Drake like messing with us or what?
So who are the other guest stars that feature on Views by Drake? Here's a list of the artists that are actually on the album.
Mary J. Blige
Drake already was featured on two songs by Mary J. Blige — "Mr. Wrong" and "The One" — so it makes sense she'd return the favor. Wikipedia, not the most reliable of sources, says Blige provides uncredited background vocals on the second song off of Views, "9." Even if it's not her, Blige still gets some credit since Drake samples her song "Mary's Joint" for "Weston Road Flows."
PARTYNEXTDOOR starts off "With You" with some smooth vocals and is no stranger to collaborating with Drake since Drizzy has been on his songs "Recognize" and "Come and See Me."
Although PARTYNEXTDOOR is the featured artist in "With You," Fuse noted that Jeremih also contributes to the song.
The deceased rapper can be heard on Drake's "Faithful." Pimp C died in 2007, but has released three albums posthumously.
Another contributor to "Faithful" was Amber Rose ... kind of. A voice of a woman can be heard saying, "I'm high maintenance a little bit" at the beginning of the song and Genius did some research to discover it was audio from an Instagram video Rose posted back in December.
Drake and Future take on the music industry's biggest awards night in the appropriately-titled "Grammys."
What's a Drake album without a little Rihanna? She helps out her pal Drizzy in "Too Good."
When you listen to "Summer Overs Interlude," you'll quickly realize that's not Drake singing. So who is it? The vocals are provided by Majid Al Maskati of the Canadian duo Majid Jordan, who helped produce Views.
While none of Drake's guest artists on Views were that surprising, that doesn't take away from their impact on Drizzy's latest album.