(AllHipHop News) Drake has been relatively quiet about the direction of his upcoming studio album Views From The 6. While Drizzy is remaining coy about the LP, his longtime producer Noah “40” Shebib spoke with the New York Times about the highly anticipated project.
“It’s going to be what everybody expects and wants from Drake and from us,” said 40. “A lot of introspection, very vivid. He’s discovering new flows, new cadences, new patterns.”
Drake’s last official album was 2013’s Nothing Was the Same. Since that time, the Toronto rhymer released the commercial mixtape If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late and the Future collaborative effort What A Time To Be Alive. 40 explained why Drizzy decided to create If You’re Reading This as a rap-centered mixtape.
“After Nothing Was the Same, Drake was like, ‘I want to do a rap project,’” stated 40. “He wanted to do what all the other rappers get to do.”
He continued, “[But that approach] is a thing we can’t do that much on a Drake album. We have other fans we need to satisfy.”
While the subject matter for Views is likely to mirror Drake’s previous albums, 40 revealed the production is headed in a more experimental direction. He added, “I’m trying to find ways to pull more untraditional sounds in, to push the boundaries a little further.”
Last April, Four Pins published an extensive article about Drake which included the author describing Views. Ernest Baker wrote:
The topic of our talk switches to Drake’s upcoming fourth album. He only has two songs finished that he likes. One is a collaboration with Beyoncé that he recorded a while ago. The other is a song that he expects to inspire a paradigm shift. His days of releasing lay-up bangers that everyone loves right away are over. For now.
Views From The 6 needs to shock listeners just as much as it needs to impress them. I compare it to what Kanye did on his own fourth album, 808s & Heartbreak. Drake agrees and, as if to reinforce that notion, he tells me that Boi-1da said he needs to listen to the non-Beyoncé song a few more times before he can decide whether it’s good or not. It appears that Drake is ready to deviate from his winning formula and get a little weird.
The first taste of Views From The 6 arrived in the form of the track “Summertime Sixteen.” The song debuted at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, but it quickly fell to #26 in its second week. “Summertime Sixteen” peaked at #1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and then dropped to #10 the following week.