11 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On his sixth mixtape, Drake’s prolific protégé employs his lackadaisical delivery to bring goofy levity to three touchstones of hip-hop: hustling, partying, and heartbreak. Highlighting the contrasting moods here, the steely trap of “Big Gucci” and “Sellin” roll with chest-out triumphalism before “I Want You” wears its lovestruck vulnerability with shaky vocals and light-headed synths. At his very best, on “Where I’m At”, the Atlanta rapper/singer lands halfway between the two, his cocksure swagger knocked off-centre by lysergic waves of melody.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On his sixth mixtape, Drake’s prolific protégé employs his lackadaisical delivery to bring goofy levity to three touchstones of hip-hop: hustling, partying, and heartbreak. Highlighting the contrasting moods here, the steely trap of “Big Gucci” and “Sellin” roll with chest-out triumphalism before “I Want You” wears its lovestruck vulnerability with shaky vocals and light-headed synths. At his very best, on “Where I’m At”, the Atlanta rapper/singer lands halfway between the two, his cocksure swagger knocked off-centre by lysergic waves of melody.

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