It feels like we've been waiting for Drake's next studio album, Views From The 6, for about a million years now, and I'm no closer to having it in my grubby little paws. Why is he doing this to me? No official release date for the album has been set yet, leaving me to just sit and obsess about what it'll be like and how many songs will be on it and which rappers will guest and why Drake's so obsessed with "the 6", anyway. It's enough to make my head spin, and frankly, I'm getting more than a little impatient. For now, it looks like I'll just have to sit and be moody about it.
Speaking of moody, though, Views From The 6 is probably going to be pretty emo, right? I mean, Drake has made no secret of how well-connected he is to his emotional state, and he seems to have grown more and more comfortable with his position as Rapper With Feels over the past several years. His albums have grown more and more brutally honest when it comes to what's going on inside Drake's heart, so I think we might be in for a real journey through Emo Land once the new album lands. Basically, I can't wait.
He's Got Nothing to Prove Anymore
Sure, Drake may have needed to keep up appearances when he went from Wheelchair Jimmy to rap god, but he doesn't have to do that anymore. We all know he can go hard when he wants to, but so what if he doesn't want to? Just because you can do something doesn't mean you should. Drake has nothing left to prove in that area, so he should sing/rap about what feels right.
Have You Listened To "How Bout Now?"?!
"How Bout Now?", which was released on Drake's SoundCloud page late last year and will probably appear on Views From The 6, might seem like it's all about being rich and ballin' out at every available opportunity, and it sorta is... but it's only posturing, because Drake's pretty upset about being done wrong by some girl who didn't appreciate him before he got on.
Or "Heat Of The Moment", For That Matter?
Another emo track that was previously unreleased, in which Drake gets all croony about a lady and questions, "Who are you gonna be?" It's smooth, it's sexy, and it's really emo and that's why I love it. Are you getting the picture yet?
Feelings Are In
I'm not saying it was never trendy to be emotional, but in hip hop, it's always sort of been publicly frowned upon. Drake used to get a lot of heat for singing about love and feelings, but guess what: that gets him PLENTY of girls and has brought him a fan base that absolutely loves his emo side. I'm one of those people, so obviously I just want more of it.
It's A More Mature Approach
It's fine to sing about drinking and partying 24/7 and spending your money on Louis Vuitton and that'll always be a part of rap culture. However, Drake's willingness to delve into real life a bit more — his relationships with women, his uncertainties about his life and his decisions — gives his music a more adult feel, if that makes sense.
It's What Makes Drake Different
There isn't anyone else out there that sounds like Drake, not in terms of lyrics, beats, or just the overall feel of his music. His emo side is what makes him who he is, and what's made him a success in the industry, so he needs to keep on doing what he does best.