Five Things That Will Surprise You About Drake’s ‘More Life’ Playlist
Now that Drake's More Life is finally here and everyone's been able to absorb it for a couple days, we're starting to learn some interesting tidbits about the playlist. Reading through the full credits for the playlist gives you a better sense of the producers on the tape, the amount of songwriters used and the songs that are sampled.
Overtly, Drake is pulling influence from all over the world, whether it's via South African artist Black Coffee, U.K. rapper Giggs or British singer Jorja Smith. He's got two killer features from Young Thug, including "Ice Melts," which sounds like a Thugger song that Drake hopped on. Kanye West gives the Toronto native the most outlandish beat on the 22-track project for "Glow," while Murda Beatz and Cubeatz keep the flute trend in hip-hop alive on "Portland."
But digging deeper reveals a couple more surprising aspects of the project, such as a Sonic The Hedgehog sample, an uncredited appearance from a rising Chicago rapper, and background vocals from No I.D.'s artist Snoh Aalegra. Read about a couple of the most surprising things on More Life below.
On "KMT," producers Ness and Chef Pasquale slow down the theme music from the 2006 game Sonic The Hedgehog and use it for the beat's backbone.
In 2010, Danny Brown, who nearly signed to 50 Cent's G-Unit Records early in his career, and Tony Yayo dropped a collab mixtape called Hawaiian Snow that featured a couple appearances from Lil B. The More Life intro "Free Smoke" samples Danny and Yayo's "Roll Up" from that buried gem, and it even samples Hiatus Kaiyote's dope "Building a Latter" as well.
At the end of "Lose You," you can hear a voice say, “Six to six shit. 600 to 7-6, OVO, you know how we rocking. Shout out to my big brother Drizzy and More Life. Six to the world, gang shit." That's 600 Breezy, a rising Chicago rapper who's been friendly with Drake for years now.
In 1966, Noah "40" Shebib's father made a documentary about the Satan's Choice biker gang in Toronto, and at the start of "Lose You," the opening monologue from the doc is sampled.
It finds the gang's leader John "Tiny" Taylor saying, "I don’t care what society thinks. But they’re nothing anyway. They’re no better than me. Out there you just have to fit into a pattern that somebody’s already laid out for you. Life we live, you have to set your own patterns, your own ideals. You have to handle the whole job yourself."
You can watch the entire documentary below.
The outro for More Life features background vocals from Snoh Aalegra, No I.D.'s artist who recently dropped a single with Vince Staples.