Every time Drake releases new music or is making headlines via his countless other ventures, everyone takes notice. After being highly anticipated for several months, Drake’s latest work More Life was finally premiered on OVO Sound Radio over the weekend of March 18 and the ‘playlist’ has been met with a mighty response, both in quantity and quality. The More Life instant reactions are flooding the Internet, rightfully so considering its vast makeup of 22 genre-hopping tracks with a variety of notable features and international influences. But one moment lives on a higher plane than the rest and deserves its own spotlight; a memorable voicemail from Drake’s mom on the outro of “Can’t Have Everything” that eloquently summarizes Drake’s recent career path and truly marks the essence of More Life as a statement more meaningful than its hashtag or emoji.
There has always been something special and innately prophetic about a mother’s intuition. An unshakable emotional connection and pure instinct are the fuels that fire motherly wisdom, which always provides rewarding advice for the most complicated of situations. This tenet of human nature is applicable to all and while Drake lives an undeniably different reality than the rest of us, his mother proves to be completely in tune with the issues her son just hasn’t been able to shake off. Ever since the infamous ghost-writing accusation from Meek Mill, Drake’s mindset has been in a war-ready, tactical state and this is specifically addressed at the end of More Life on his introspective closer “Do Not Disturb” (‘I was an angry yute when I was writin Views, saw a side of myself that I just never knew…’).
While the Toronto superstar can smoothly attract the masses with smash singles whenever he pleases, Drake cannot fool his mom into brushing off the confrontation which he fully participates and thrives in because of the unwavering motivation to have a sense of validation surrounding his top-tier status. Drake’s recent aggression and ‘negative tone’ stem from those who lost his trust and questioned his craft—blessing and a curse for an artist who exists in a realm beyond rap drama—yet can’t seem to leave it alone, instead using conflict to spark creative inspiration and elevate himself even higher in the game.
Despite all the chart-topping success and massive streaming numbers, Views wasn’t critically acclaimed or fully embraced by fans. More Life is more self-aware both stylistically and in its content, but Drake is still out for revenge against all adversaries on the fiery opener “Free Smoke” (‘How you let the kid fightin ghost-writin rumors turn you to a ghost?’) and, ironically, on “Can’t Have Everything”, the same record in which Sandi Graham makes her presence felt. In the world of hip-hop, it is a challenge to avoid competition when reaching Drake’s celebrity stature, but his mom makes a valid point when saying that giving into negativity may hold him back from even grander accomplishments.
There will be much more discussion about every juicy detail within More Life and how it stacks up with the rest of Drake’s catalog. However, the essence of Drake searching for peace of mind and a future without angst lies in the voicemail of his mother. Emotions may tempt us to strike back against those who speak down on us, but the resolve of More Life lies in loyalty amongst family, friends, and living a life that one can look back on and be proud of, both in the energy they brought to the world and how they positively impacted those closest to them. Only time will tell if Drake listens to his mom and goes high when others go low, but hopefully her guidance genuinely resonates because the answers and closure Drake seeks is ingrained in the profound words of the woman that matters to him the most.