More Life: London’s very own

I am aware the 6 God isn’t from our beloved city, but he definitely is London’s man. Spending my hungover morning listening to Drake, eating spaghetti hoops on toast in bed (classic hungover food btw) and it’s making me feel a kinda way. Notice how Drake is using a lot of UK, specifically London, slang? Drake is repping our culture and it’s working well for him.

We all know Drake and Skepta are tight. For Drake to allow Skeppy to have a whole interlude is HUGE for the scene, despite his fame is pretty much up there already. This was probably the catalyst to the great sound. Just starting with a few of the song titles from the album. KMT? Madiba Riddim? GYALCHESTER?! These songs are bangers, and the titles epitomise London’s influence on the Canadian star, and no one can say a bad word because it’s too lit. He has adapted the language of London pretty well, but the jokes on Twitter are A1. Here are some examples of my favourite ones:

Drizzy explores more Dancehall and Afrobeats in this album, following up last years Views where he sampled Kyla’s classic Do You Mind. Drake still sticks with some trap tunes on the album, with the help of Giggs, Quavo and Young Thug. Drake really embraces the UK scene, with features from Giggs,  Skepta, Jorja Smith and Sampha. Sampha has already featured with Drake before on Nothing Was The Same, but Sampha’s vocals perfect any song. Jorja Smith’s appearance on the album was a shock, as she is still quite a niche here. Get It Together, which she appears on, has a Dancehall beat throughout which with the help of her vocals soften the song.

Giggs of course, as always, delivered the hardest bars showing our rawest rap talents here on our island. Giggs is probably one of the dearest grime acts we have, literally Starting From The Bottom (when Kanye mentions it in Glow, gets me feeling a type of way), trouble on the road, advocating against any violence, to being on one of the world’s most known rap acts album.

Overall, the album has definitely met some great expectations. The most surprising one, was Teenage Fever where Drake samples girlfriend(????) JLo’s If You Had My Love. Drake is straight up ‘finessing’ the music business. He mixes up the appearances on the album, with Young Thug, Quavo, Travis Scott, PARTYNEXTDOOR, 2 Chains and of course Kanye West. The album is beautifully diverse with music from the west, but with an appreciation to the sounds of Afrobeats.  Drake already owned Summer Sixteen, and with the release so close to summer it’s going to be another Drake-summer. Well done OVO King.

What’s your favourite from More Life? Let me know in the comments.

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