Drake’s long-awaited, much-discussed VIEWS is officially out.
The new LP — which was previously known as Views From the 6 — spans 20 tracks (among them: last year’s cherished “Hotline Bling,” as well as the previously shared “One Dance” and “Pop Style,” but not “Summer Sixteen”). It boasts production from a host of collaborators, including Kanye West, Boi-1da, and Drake’s trusted consigliere, Noah “40” Shebib. Featured guests? Rihanna, Future, and more.
Easily one of the year’s most anticipated releases, the record comes after months of teasing from Drizzy and 40: a cover-art reveal, a tour announcement, a pop-up shop, a trailer, billboards, and a surprise South by Southwest performance.
VIEWS is the proper follow-up to 2013’s Nothing Was the Same, despite the fact that Drake (who SPIN named as 2015’s Artist of the Year) dropped two other full-lengths last year — the February “mixtape” If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late and his 11-track team-up with Future, September’s What a Time to Be Alive.
Drake first revealed VIEWS‘ original title way back in July of 2014, and ever since then, fans have been speculating about the project: when it would be coming, what it would sound like, whether it would extend Drake’s supremacy in rap or begin his downfall. Well, we don’t have to wonder any longer — the record has arrived, and first impressions are being formed as you read this.
Correction: An earlier version of this post said that Popcaan was a featured guest on Views. While Drake said in an interview on OVO Sound Radio last night that Popcaan does appear on the album, the singer is not officially credited as a featured guest.