Drake Drops His ‘Views’ Album—Today in Hip-Hop
On this day, April 29, in hip-hop history...
Initially titled Views From the 6, Drizzy's Nothing Was the Same follow-up was an icy trip through both the Toronto night life and the 6 God's own psyche. Handling production on the project, which runs for 82 minutes, were folks like Drizzy's long time production ace, Noah “40” Shebib, Boi-1da, Murda Beatz, Nineteen85 and more. Nineteen85 handled production for "Hotline Bling," Drizzy's leading single for the project.
While Drizzy flaunts his customary bursts of sharp rhyme technique on the lengthy project, it's his foray into international pop that ultimately made the biggest impression on the charts. Teaming with U.K.-based crooner Kyla and Nigerian Afrobeat artist, WizKid, Drizzy delivered a summer anthem in "One Dance," a dancehall-infused cut that ultimately became the first song to earn one billion streams on Spotify.
Although Views received middling reviews from critics, who spotlighted what they believed to be selfish, short-sighted and shallow writing, those critiques couldn't stop the project from being a massive commercial success. From the time it was released on April 29 to the week ending on July 7, the album held down the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart. In December of 2016, eight months after the album was released, Views was certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA.
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