The popular rapper took to Twitter to unveil the list of tracks included into his new album called VIEWS.
— Drizzy (@Drake) April 27, 2016
The album that was predicted to be dubbed as “Views from the 6” scheduled to see the light this Friday, so the title change is taking place at the last possible second.
Drake hasn’t officially acknowledged the title change on Twitter or another platform yet, but some sources familiar with the matter confirmed the new album’s name.
The album features 20 tracks, and you’ve probably heard a few of them before.
“One Dance” (featuring Wizkid and Kyla) and “Pop Style” (featuring Jay Z and Kanye West, aka The Throne) were initially introduced to public as singles a few weeks ago, and rough versions of both “Controlla” and “Faithful” — featuring Popcaan and the late Pimp C, respectively — leaked around the same time.
“Hotline Bling” — oh, “Hotline Bling!” — is on the album as a bonus track. (One notable omission: “Summer Sixteen,” the presumed lead single he unveiled during one of his OVO Sound radio shows in January.) It’s likely there are a few other guests on the album, but they haven’t been unveiled yet, and their presence could remain a surprise until the album’s made available.
“VIEWS” will be available on Apple Music for one week, after which it will become available on other music streaming services like Spotify.
Last week, Beyoncé’s lastest album “Lemonade” launched on Tidal approximately 24 hours before it became available for users to purchase on the likes of iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play, and remains the only service able to stream the album.
Drake and the Cupertino based tech giant have been in a partnership since the launch of Apple Music last summer, with the Canadian’s rapper contributing his own Beats 1 radio show to the streaming service.
Drake recently confirmed his partnership with Apple will continue into live music as Apple Music will sponsor his “Summer Sixteen” tour.
Meanwhile, Internet users share their impressions of “VIEWS”. Twitter has erupted with heaps of praise for Views From the Six, with many describing the LP as his best work yet.
One Twitter user hinted that the record would likely spawn hilarious memes saying: “#Views got me thinking about mistake I haven’t even made yet.”
However, the record, which infuses elements of dancehall and afrobeats, has received some controversy with a number of listeners claiming that it wasn’t a “rap album”. In 2015 he released the chart-topping mixtapes If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late and What A Time To Be Alive.
“Fans will be able to see the hip-hop star live on stage this summer when he teams up with frequent collaborator and fellow rapper Future for their Summer Sixteen tour. They will kick things off in Austin on 20 July and make stops in Chicago and New York before wrapping up in Vancouver on 17 September,” IBT reminds.
“The duo previously teamed up for the mixtape What a Time to be Alive and also appeared together on the Jungle tour and Would You Like a Tour? They have also released details of meet-and-greet packages and added eight extra dates to the string of anticipated live shows.”