When it comes to identifying the album that truly encapsulates Drake’s essence as an artist, Views stands out as the quintessential choice. It encompasses all the elements that have become synonymous with his music — both the good and the bad.
If you look at all of Drake’s albums, you’ll find these types of songs scattered throughout, but no other album brings them together like Views.
- A song that doesn’t feature Drake — Summers Over Interlude
- A Pop song that does big numbers — One Dance
- A song that has an incredible sample — Weston Road Flows
- An R&B joint — Fire & Desire
- A song that was produced by Dvsn — Feel No Ways
- A song that should be on another artist’s album — With You
- A song that has cheesy lyrics — Child’s Play
- A Rap song with hi-hats — Hype
- A duet with a big female artist — Too Good
Additionally, it’s worth noting that Views was a major player in shaping the music industry in the 2010s. Its 20-song tracklist, a first for Drake, was a reflection of how streaming was changing the way music was consumed and monetized. The album’s massive success, with almost every song appearing on the Hot 100 chart during its first week, set a new record for the most simultaneous songs on the chart by a single artist. Overall, Views is a defining moment in Drake’s career and a true representation of his artistry.