Views from the top

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Views by Drake R129.99 from iTunes Young rap god Drake has re­leased his an­tic­i­pated al­bum Views. Aubrey Drake Gra­ham is run­ning cir­cles around his con­tem­po­raries. He and his un­end­ing trust is­sues. In the six years of his ca­reer, he has yet to re­lease a dud – his de­but, Thank Me Later, was re­ally good (which was im­por­tant be­cause it was widely said that al­bum Drizzy couldn’t be as good as mix tape Drake). He avoided the sopho­more curse with Take Care in 2011. He fol­lowed with his mas­ter­ful third al­bum, Noth­ing Was the Same, and then had a mas­sive 2015 with the re­lease of his mix tape If You’re Read­ing This It’s Too Late and his col­lab­o­ra­tive What a Time to Be Alive with Fu­ture, in ad­di­tion to a flurry of guest ap­pear­ances. So Views comes on the back of what has been a great six years for the 6 God, and he de­cided to go big with a retro 20 tracks. Views doesn’t try do any­thing new. In fact, it sounds as though it sets out to prove that he can take what he’s done and do it bet­ter. Feel No Ways feels like the younger sib­ling of Hold On, We’re Go­ing Home. Re­demp­tion sounds like an older, less petu­lant Marvin’s Room. His pop songs on Views are some of the best he’s made; One Dance and Con­trolla are re­ally hot. Still rap­ping about his money, his num­ber one po­si­tion, aban­don­ment and dis­trust, here he per­fects his sound. – Gugulethu Mhlungu

FOTONOVELA The comic-style pic­ture book is the brain­child of writer-re­searcher Achal Prab­hala SU­PER­STAR It’s as if Drake has taken what he does and made it bet­ter

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