Drake‘s Views From the 6 is shaping up to be quite the spectacle. With a bundle of leaks (refer to: “Faithful” featuring the late UGK legend Pimp C, “These Days” and “Controlla” co-starring Jamaican dancehall act Popcaan) and a joint delivery of “Pop Style” featuring Jay Z and Kanye West as well as “One Dance” with contributions from Wizkid and Kyla, there are different directions the 6 God could take his Views.
Here’s all the rumors Google can reveal about Drake’s forth studio effort.
The Release Date
Drake delivered his release date with a montage of his personal highlights on Twitter with the date “4/29/16,” an important iCal note for the OVO Hive.
— Drizzy (@Drake) April 10, 2016
The streaming service
With Drake’s OVO Sound radio station on Beats 1 (which spotlights under-the-radar acts with a moody, genre-blending aesthetic [his own artists dvsn and Majid Jordan are staples] sprinkled with occasional dancehall and trap gems bubbling up on the Internet), it’s only right that Views will reportedly be available on Apple Music for a week exclusively after its April 29 debut, according to Forbes. (Billboard has reached out to an Apple rep for comment.)
Per iTunes, “0 to 100/ The Catch Up,” “Hotline Bling” “Summer Sixteen,” “Pop Style” and “One Dance” mark the only Drake releases without a body of work attached since his last studio effort, the 2015 joint Future project What a Time to Be Alive. Based on that criteria, collaborators automatically include Jay Z (who offered two bars for “Pop Style,” starting rumors that an extended version is appearing on Hov’s streaming service Tidal), Kanye West, songstress Kyla and Nigerian artist Wizkid. Toronto rapper SAFE has also been snapped in the studio with the rap king.
Refer to the leaks though and the features list includes the late rapper Pimp C, Popcaan and (if it counts) Amber Rose, whose Instagram soundbite was sampled on “Faithful.” There was also this little number called “Can I” featuring Beyonce, which leaked in May 2015 only to appear on the Oct. 3, 2015 episode of OVO Sound Radio. According to this April 2015 profile on Four Pins, there were two finished songs Drake liked for Views, which included a Bey collaboration and another that he expected to “inspire a paradigm shift,” which calls to mind the game-changing and permanently viral “Hotline Bling.”
The self-proclaimed “6 God” has adorned the city’s Billy Bishop airport and several buildings (including London) with Views From the 6 signs featuring his signature graphic, the 6 hand, black and white dice, the Toronto skyline and even the random yet simple mathematical equation “Four plus two equals 6” (the latter suggested an April 2 release date). Consider it a hint of what’s to be heard (or seen) on the album or just a case of Drake making good use of billboards.
— Billy Bishop Airport (@BBishopAirport) February 9, 2016
Drake’s go-to recording space for the album include his Southern California abode and the Toronto home studio of his right-hand music man, Noah “40” Shebib, the New York Times reports.
During his down time, the rapper/singer has showed off his personal views from the studio (with the help of a photographer) which includes laptops, multiple screens, cups, moody lighting and a four-legged pal. If 40’s loaded shopping cart indicates anything, memory foam mattresses, comforters and pillows are also on-hand for those presumably late-night sessions.
Per a previous Instagram caption, the music’s gatekeepers are his DJ, Future The Prince, his manager and OVO founder Oliver El-Khatib and cinematographer Theo Skudra. Drake also seems to be a fan of Snapchatting while on his #StudioFlow.
Last August, a source told Billboard that the rhymer born Aubrey Graham is locking in with his usual crew of producers including the aforementioned 40 as well as Boi-1da and Omen. 40 also teased to the New York Times in February, “It’s going to be what everybody expects and wants from Drake and from us. A lot of introspection, very vivid. He’s discovering new flows, new cadences, new patterns.” Musically, 40 is “trying to find ways to pull more untraditional sounds in, to push the boundaries a little further.”
Outside of his inner sound sound sound circle, Future’s frequent beatsmith Metro Boomin’ earned a Twitter shout out from Drake, which followers took as a hint at a future collabo. “And on the off chance that Metro Boomin doesn’t trust you…well…,” the cryptic tweet read.
And on the off chance that Metro Boomin doesn’t trust you…well…
— Drizzy (@Drake) February 16, 2016
The same Billboard source added that Drake was taking “a lot of fuel” from his recent beef with Meek Mill, which has put forth an abundance of material from both sides. The Philly rapper released a two-part EP called 4/4, loaded with Drake disses while the Toronto rep took aim at Meek on freebie releases “Back To Back,” “Charged Up” and “Summer Sixteen.”
While it’s hard to pinpoint the sonic direction Drake is going in, he seems to be putting his singing vocals to use, as heard from a snippet of an untitled track that popped up on Vine.
In the previously mentioned montage revealing the LP’s release date, Drake can also be heard in a voiceover saying, “The 6. Rappers. Diamond. Key. New Ride. Old Ride. Bad Times. Good Times. Young Money. New Money. OVO. 29. 29. 29. Best I Ever Had. Worst Behaviour. Old crib. New crib. October. Sound. Festival. Album time again or acting time again. My friends, my friends. Younger me. Older me. Me as Manny. Me as Jimmy. Me as Drake.” The stream of consciousness could be major keys to inside Views.
As Complex pointed out last month, Drake and Kendrick Lamar may have been in the studio together after coincidentally flaunting their $2 bill stacks. The bombshell collaboration would mark the follow-up to their 2012 duet “Poetic Justice.” Elsewhere on Drake’s ‘Gram, he showed love to Will Smith’s prodigy daughter Willow Smith with the caption, “Young muse all on views. @gweelos,” a joint offering that would surely make for some interesting ear candy.