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We don’t need to mention it really, but in case you (somehow) missed it, last night, Drake released the album we have all been waiting for, VIEWS.
The album’s release through Apple Music was a spectacle, crowned with a studio interview scheduled right before the album was set to premiere. The Zane Lowe feature was originally scheduled for 10 p.m. but was delayed 45 minutes. And since iTunes updates their store at 11, a lot of people skipped over the interview and went right to the long-awaited album.
If you were too busy blessing yourself with the 20 glorious tracks that make up VIEWS, we decided to round up of everything that happened with its release last night. We got you.
During Drake’s first (and currently only) audio interview done in his VIEWS era, he gave a lot of insight into his life over the past couple of years. Here are some of the stand outs from the hour-long interview.
On “Hotline Bling”:
Drake explained that he recorded the song in a hotel room and that a friend of his didn’t understand it when he made it. “I don’t want you to get it right away,” he said. “If you get it right away, there’s no risk being taken.”
On Kanye West And Other Relationships:
He explained that he and his neighbour Kanye West are close, and that their friendship extends far beyond music. He said they link up to discuss anything and hinted at more collaborations with ‘Ye in the future: “We were supposed to do a mixtape together, album together, so maybe we’ll get that done.”
He also spoke on his relationships with other notable people within his career including The Weeknd, Rihanna, Birdman, Lil Wayne, and his unfortunate ties with Nicki Minaj. “I don’t really talk to Nicki,” he said. “Again, another person that I have a lot of love for, a lot of respect.”
On His Parents:
His dad’s life makes him feel like he lives a lackluster life with how “hard” he goes. But his mother is the one who helps him stay grounded, keep his poise and helps him deal with the celebrity lifestyle: “I’m very blessed to have a perfect balance between my parents,” he said.
On His Potential Acting Return:
On top of working with grime artist Skepta on episodes of the U.K. show Top Boy, Drake spoke on going back to acting and shared some advice he got from the legendary Jamie Foxx: “Before you pick [a first film] come and see me, because if you pick the wrong one you’re forever labelled as this type.”
— Drizzy (@Drake) April 28, 2016
On The VIEWS Vibe And Summer Tour:
On the topic of his upcoming Summer Sixteen Tour, the 6 God confirmed that he’s not done yet. “I got other stuff coming out this summer, too, just stuff I got in the stash,” he said. He explained that the theme of VIEWS is to represent the city and the music he plans to release follows the path of the seasons: from winter to summer and back to winter.
The interview is worth a listen, and with the elusiveness of Drizzy we may not get another one like this for a while. You can listen to it down below.
Okay, maybe Drake isn’t too elusive, as Instagram’s official music account recently published a short interview with him.
It’s past midnight in the 6 and @champagnepapi, the city’s self-appointed king, is holding court in the studio, talking about his new record, “Views” — and his fans’ insistence on endlessly spoofing its cover. “I have become the most memed person aside from the Michael Jordan crying face,” says the 29-year-old superstar, who will be taking the “Views” show on the road this summer with fellow rapper and frequent collaborator Future. No word yet on whether memes will be part of the live production, though don’t be surprised if they make an appearance. As Drake says, “I like laughing even if it’s at my expense. I’m conscious of it. Even with the ‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late’ cover, when everyone took the font — that’s just our culture right now. I really enjoy it more than watching television.” Photo of @champagnepapi by @theo.skudra
“I wanted to forever immortalize the city in the cover. There was another picture of me on a balcony, but that could be anywhere. I could be in Chicago. I could be in New York. Just to see that building on the cover of this album lets me know in my heart that I did the right thing. As a kid who was born here and grew up here, there’s no bigger feat than sitting on top of the CN Tower. I will forever see that image and be like, yeah, that was one of my albums.” —@champagnepapi on the Toronto-centric cover for his new album, “Views.” Photo of @champagnepapi by @caitcronenberg
Along with the album came a series of photos from the digital booklet. Check out our favourites below.
See the rest of the photos from the digital booklet here.
Now that you’re all caught up on what went down yesterday during the VIEWS release, there’s only one thing left to do: If you’re reading this, go listen to VIEWS.