12 Things We’d Like To See From Drake’s Fourth Album
These days it seems like everywhere we turn, all we see is Young Money. Between Lil Wayne's Tha Carter V and Nicki Minaj's The Pink Print, it seemed like Birdman's flock was gearing up for something big. Then you dropped a bomb on us: your next album, your fourth since your 2010 debut, would be called Views From The 6, a reference to your hometown of Toronto. Not only that, but Billboard found a clue in your track "0 To 100" where you hinted that your next project would be dropping in Spring 2015. So now we know—all three Young Money heavyweights are about to tip the hip-hop scales firmly in their favor. The plan is in motion.
But, naturally, that got us at XXL thinking. Nothing Was The Same felt, in a way, like you'd climbed the mountain that you'd set out to defeat when you arrived with your massive mixtape So Far Gone in 2009. The progression had been steady up until then—you'd gone from hopeful to self-assured to the top, and in three albums you were finally there, wherever there was. It was set up to feel like a moment, to feel like we had a new Sheriff in town to take over from Lil Wayne as the next in line with a legitimate claim to the "Best Rapper Alive," however arbitrary that title is. But something happened along the way, and suddenly hip-hop was split down the middle; Kendrick Lamar had ridden an instantly classic debut album—given a XXL rating by us, something only seven other rappers have ever received—all the way to the summit, too. Suddenly the path wasn't as clear as it seemed.
So now here we are, waiting for your fourth album. The countdown has started and there's still plenty to accomplish. But how will you do it? Do you start your own franchise, like Weezy did with his fourth solo album, Tha Carter? Do you refine your craft and affirm your position, like Hova's Vol. 3? Or do you flip the script entirely and go rogue, leading hip-hop into an alternate dimension, like Kanye's 808s And Heartbreak?
Wherever you go, we know there's only really one goal for you—coronation. After this, if all goes according to plan, the world is at your feet. You could go into acting full time. You could expand your brand and broaden your business horizons. You could take a step back and build your label and work full time on developing your artists. Or, if the thrill of the competition keeps you coming back for more, you could keep pushing forward and fight to stay on the throne for as long as possible.
Of course, before all that happens, Kendrick is likely to have his say first. And you never know when another young gun will come out of nowhere and spit his way into the fray, or if Weezy can reclaim the form that made him the hottest rapper in the galaxy on Tha Carter III, or if Nicki can finally shed those ridiculous gendered headlines that have somehow kept her out of these conversations. Hell, even your sort-of-friends, sort-of-enemies Jay and 'Ye could come steal the crown. But until any of that comes into play, we've thought up 12 things we'd like to see on Views From The 6. You can take it from here. —XXL Staff
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