Although "Views" was successful commercially, critics and fans weren't as generous.
Of course, he finally did release it as promised, and stans are already treating every word of "More Life" like it's gospel. More Life. I've still got vibrations to send. But perhaps the difference between the poorly reviewed Views and More Life, which Twitter welcomed as a return to form for the rapper, has as much to do with its framing as with its songs.
Drake said of the project, "It's not an album but it is a body of work I'm creating, just to bridge the gap between my major releases, to keep people excited".
Canadian rapper and pop star Drake has become the first ever artist to hit 10 billion streams on Spotify. Pictured: Drake on September 23, 2016 in Las Vegas. There's no "Hotline Bling" or "One Dance" to be found on the 22-track "Life".
Drake doesn't just let Sampha - the British artist he collaborated with on Nothing Was the Same highlight Too Much - take center stage here.
Whether or not Drake stole the sound from XXXTentacion's "Look At Me" is another story, but "KMT" is one of "More Life's" standout tracks.
"4422" Clocking in at over 3 minutes, this sullen ode to a breakup feels like an interlude that carries on about two minutes longer than necessary and features no actual contribution from Drake himself.
Drake has admitted to drunk texting Jennifer Lopez in a brand new track. "Old number so it bounce back" on "Free Smoke", and a distorted sample of "If You Had My Love" appears on "Teenage Fever". The playlist's 10th track gives United Kingdom rapper Skepta the stage as he raps over a Nana Rogues beat. Of course he wrote the most Drake-ish titled "Passionfruit". Pictured: Skepta on February 22, 2017 in London. And you can now see how true that is for yourself. But more surprising is Drake's magnetism to underdogs such as South African house DJ Black Coffee, whose jazzy "Superman" is the backdrop for "Get It Together".