More Life

Drake - More Life
Critic Score
Based on 25 reviews
Year End Rank: #36
User Score
2017 Ratings: #499
Liked by 20 people
March 18, 2017 / Release Date
Mixtape / Format
Republic, Cash Money, Young Money / Label
Hip Hop, Pop Rap, R&B / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
Consequence of Sound

The singing and melodies are massaged with a care unheard in the prior Drake discography; this album flows as improbably as The Life of Pablo, with more assured lyrics and smoother sequencing, to offset the lack of a certifiable genius at the helm.

84
HipHopDX

On More Life, you can literally pick out your favorite type of Drake and have a handful of those songs within ear’s reach, which not a lot of contemporary rappers have the ability to do.

83
Paste

22 songs is a challenge — too many tracks can easily jump the rails, leading to an uneven and tiring project. But, as the first three songs bear out, More Life doesn’t lose too much momentum even as it stumbles along its path.

83
Entertainment Weekly

More Life is a serious commitment, if not a test of one’s patience. But Drake does at least have a better grasp on how to maintain momentum this time.

83
A.V. Club

Despite its playlist tag, it is unmistakably a Drake album—it even has a Blueprint highball closer like each of its predecessors—and as an album, it is probably Drake’s worst. But as a collection of totally atomized songs and ideas, it’s up there with anything he’s released. Maybe that makes it a playlist after all.

80
The Guardian

More Life offers little solace for those who never bought what the Canadian rapper was selling but for his fans that gave his songs billions of streams last year, they’ll hear no issue.

80
Exclaim!

While VIEWS served as an ominous soundscape to a never-ending winter and reflected a booming hunger in the city, his newest release, More Life, presents the fruits of that labour in a sunnier, more celebratory arrangement.

80
NOW Magazine

He allows the various sounds, guest features and flavours of the production, which he and his crew adopted from all over the world, to steal the show.

80
Crack Magazine

Drake has convincingly positioned himself as an architect for a borderless age of pop music.

80
The Independent

With plenty of guests dropping by to chip in a verse or a rap, over 80 minutes’ worth of grooves and beats sculpted by a veritable army of producers. Pleasingly, two of the best are British, Sampha capping “4422” with an emotive outburst, and Skepta getting an entire “Skepta Interlude”.

80
Rolling Stone

More Life is his finest longform collection in years, cheerfully indulgent at 22 tracks and 82 minutes, a masterful tour of all the grooves in his head.

80
XXL

More Life ... is less of a return to form and more of an expression of Drake’s hunger for widespread acclaim beyond the borders of rap, and is indicative of where the arc of his career and legacy is trending towards.

80
Tiny Mix Tapes

The playlist is less an embodiment of the “experience,” Drake-playing-Drake via others, and more a headspace in which these voices, genres, and styles are given breathing room.

78
Pitchfork

Drake's course correction to VIEWS bursts with energy—more South African house, more grime, more Kanye. It's a long player made for luxuriating and a total immersion into Drake's world-pop lifestyle.

73
GIGsoup

It could be likely that Drake is saving his best bars for a more official project. Not that it matters, as there are enough great moments over the project’s 22 tracks to get fans excited; with the more melodic numbers in particular standing out.

70
The 405

Essentially any criticism one can level at More Life is irrelevant. It does exactly what it was intended to do, so on his own terms, it's a resounding success.

70
Drowned in Sound

More Life does a terrific job creating a mood with its dancehall-flecked, atmospheric production, and it certainly points to a fascinating fork in the road moment for the world’s biggest rapper.

70
PopMatters

Drake’s idea of “more life” is “more everything”. My idea of More Life is less music, and the best thing about this playlist will be the one I eventually build for myself.

67
Pretty Much Amazing

Regardless of your opinion of Drake’s music, you have an opinion on Aubrey Drake Graham, and because of this, More Life both succeeds and suffers. In Drake’s never-ending expansion into all areas, he waltzes into many a genre with ease, but at a cost of diluting his credibility and talents.

64
Sputnikmusic

The turnaround from Views is remarkable, and the occasional standout does indicate that Drake’s been listening to some of the basic criticisms. It all stacks up as an agreeable (not wonderful, definitely not boring) assortment of thumpers, enough to pass the time until Drake finds a new culture to pillage.

60
The Observer

By definition, More Life has sprawl in-built, so judicious use of the skip function is required, but this is high-quality filler.

50
AllMusic

The few choice tracks, high-profile guests, and occasional stylistic shifts aren't enough to keep More Life from being another disappointing release.

50
The Needle Drop
Drake achieves auditory indifference with his new "playlist."
Cambridge
75
More Life is a culmination of the sound that has made Drake so successful. Boasting his versatility, it's a playlist that of a sonic synopsis of what the OVO aesthetic has personified. From his witty introspective talk-rap & somber mood of lustful R&B to refreshing melodies on dancehall riddims & sprinkles of 40s magical stardust of production, it's a very Drake project that many October born will worship for the upcoming months & the common anti-Drake will scorn with the ... read more
AZIZ
80
This is a pretty good B-Sides album
chuyin49
69
This is definitely an improvement from views but its not even close to a great or classic album. I enjoyed a lot of the songs on here but there were also the slower songs that I am not a fan of.

If this playlist was released instead, I would of gave it a higher rating:

More Life A Playlist by Chuyin49

1. Free Smoke
2. No Long Talk
3. Passionfruit
4. 4422
5. Gyalchester
6: Skepta Interlude
7. Portland
8. Sacrifices
9. KMT
10. Lose You
11. Can't Have Everything
12. Do Not Disturb
ThisIsLukas
68
After listening to this mixtape (which has been promoted as a playlist) and its preceding proper studio album, Views (2016), I do not really understand this place within Drake's discography. While More Life definitely has quite a lot of ups and downs throughout its 22 tracks, I enjoyed most of it, and it is definitely a better experience than exhausting Views.

Drake is one of the most influential artists of the 2010s, whether you like him or his music. It's a fact. Last decade belonged to him. ... read more
GelatoM0
67
[66.68] Drake's "More Life" doesn't try to be anything more than a Drake record, nearly almost a decade since his first project he has finally figured out that he can do the club/pop AND trap in certain ways, which this project bares in all forms back and forth. I think giving interludes and whole songs to other artists on this album really makes this mixtape something else, at times almost feeling like a collaborative project, which is very well what it was supposed to be.

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Track List

  1. Free Smoke
  2. No Long Talk (feat. Giggs)
  3. Passionfruit
  4. Jorja Interlude
  5. Get It Together (feat. Black Coffee & Jorja Smith)
  6. Madiba Riddim
  7. Blem
  8. 4422
  9. Gyalchester
  10. Skepta Interlude
  11. Portland (feat. Quavo & Travis Scott)
  12. Sacrifices (feat. 2 Chainz & Young Thug)
  13. Nothings Into Somethings
  14. Teenage Fever
  15. KMT (feat. Giggs)
  16. Lose You
  17. Can't Have Everything
  18. Glow (feat. Kanye West)
  19. Since Way Back (feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR)
  20. Fake Love
  21. Ice Melts (feat. Young Thug)
  22. Do Not Disturb
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Added on: December 3, 2016