Opinion: ‘Views’ remains a hit album after eight years

KIKI, DO YOU LOVE ME?— Canadian Rapper, singer and actor Aubrey Drake Graham, at his ‘It’s All a Blur’ tour at Crypto.com arena in Los Angeles. Cn/ Valeria Covarrubias 

by Valeria Covarrubias

Canadian rapper, singer and actor,  Aubrey Drake Graham released his album “Views” eight years ago on April 29.

With a total of 20 tracks, the album charted on the Billboard Hot 100 the same year it was released. “Views” has a total of 81 minutes and 14 seconds of running time. 

The album may not have met everyone’s expectations until today, with songs that are now known as burnt out from being overplayed since the release date. 

Track 14 “Childs Play” is still one of the best songs on the album. In this track, Drake isn’t shy to show his reputation as a ladies man. 

Drake raps that he hates fights at the Cheesecake Factory, “Why you gotta fight with me at cheesecake? / You know I love to go there, say I’m actin lightskin / I can’t take you nowhere.” 

It is one of the most energetic songs in the album. However, he also emphasizes the emotions one goes through in a relationship like sadness, love, trust and betrayal.

In many songs in the album, he reminisces about his ex-girlfriends, potential girlfriends and hometown of Toronto, Ontario.

Drake’s other track “Marvins Room” is similar as they both tracks carry the same theme and vibe.  

The album was first announced as “Views from the 6.” It first appeared under that title in a Billboard article from July 2014. The number six was a reference to his hometown’s area code.

The album cover features Drake sitting on top of the Canadian National Tower in Toronto. 

“Views” has a total of five singles which are “Hotline Bling,”“One Dance,”“Pop Style,”“Controlla” and “Too Good.” “Hotline Bling” is a bonus track. 

Although you don’t hear this album as much as before, “Views” continues to be streamed by Drake fans all around the world. 

The album features several other artists such as: PARTYNEXTDOOR, Jeremih, The Late Pimp C, dvsn, Wizkid, Kyla, Future, Rihanna and Majid Al Maskati.

 An overplayed track on the album is “Hotline Bling.” The track is a reflection of the love and heartache of his previous relationships. He also mentions the changes he went through when he lost certain connections. 

In the track, he yearns for emotional support and requests love from his failed relationship as sings, “I know when that hotline bling / that can only mean one thing.” This lyric repeats itself in the chorus. 

Up to this day, many still relate to “Hotline Bling” on an emotional level along with the other tracks on the album.

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