Drake’s return to rap is nothing short of triumphant. A 25 track album couldn’t be more poppin with hot beats for the summer (and a few spilled secrets to fuel the gossip columns). Since there are so many to listen to, here’s a list of my favorites off Scorpion.
dvsn (pronounced “division”) is quite the mystery. Dropping a subtle album on iTunes in early April titled Sept. 5th , this duo, signed to Drake’s OVO Sound label are making major waves in the R&B genre. Alongside similar artists like Majid Jordan and Miguel, dvsn mixes electronic sounds with R&B beats and the cherry on top? Impeccable vocals from singer Daniel Daley. Standout track “Hallucinations” feels like a cloudy dream as Daley’s vocals swoon you to sleep; “Tryna rewind ’til we’re back where we started, yeah that’s all I want, night after night after night I’m still haunted.” Another hot song off their debut is titled, “Too Deep” with credits going to producer of the group Jefferies, Majid Jordan, Timbaland, the late Static Major, Maneesh, and other dvsn member Daniel Daley.
Jefferies told The Fader he started dvsn to “to explore some stuff that I normally wouldn’t get to do as this quote-unquote pop producer.” And that’s exactly what you hear on this album. Gospel-soul-like sounds that never seem to grace the radio waves. Each track takes you on a crazy trip into another world you can’t seem to get out of mentally (in a good way.) Jefferies has a strong hand in the OVO Sound producing crew and is bound to make you fall in love with him sooner or later. Although he keeps his identity on the low, dvsn might be the end of that.
1.) Another Rihanna collab: “Work,” “What’s My Name,” “Take Care.” C’mon…we can’t get enough of this duo. Rihanna’s raspy voice and Drake’s gentle notes lead you into a romantic trance every time. A joint album should be in the future for these two.
2.) More tropical vibes: “Hotline Bling” had it and his latest single “One Dance” has it. Conga drums, shakers, and a thick beat. Could a Drake-ish “Work” be on Views? Most likely! And I hope so!
3.) Something as hype as “Jumpman”: You just can’t help but rap to it. It has it all; punchy lyrics and an addicting beat. Not to mention, major party power. It gets the people going. Hopefully Drake has his own “Jumpman” on this album that spits some real dirt.
4.) Lyrics about being “friends” with the Kardashians: We’ve seen him at the parties, posin’ for the Gram alongside TV’s favorite family. Now, let’s hear about which one you’re really “friends” with.
5.) Another Majid Jordan duet: “Hold On We’re Going Home,” “My Love”… You can’t deny that Jordan brings just the right vibe to Drake’s soft spoken raps. The two compliment each other extremely well and I can only hope that Views brings us another collab.