With that cryptic caption on an Instagram post, Drake whipped his fans into a speculative frenzy over what might drop Thursday at midnight.
On Wednesday, the Toronto rapper posted a video to his Instagram account, @champagnepapi, of himself and another person on jet skis in the water at night.
Drake began teasing a sixth studio album earlier this year. At the end of July, Drake’s producer Noel Cadastre posted to Instagram that “we 90% but y’all gonna have to wait on that last 10%.”
Here is what our music critics had to say about the rapper’s previous studio albums, compilations and mixtapes.
Thank Me Later (2010)
Thank Me Later is a much more interesting record than detractors who figure Drake for another former child actor moonlighting as a pop star might admit. Is it the Second Coming of Jay-Z or Eminem, though? Not quite, writes pop music critic Ben Rayner.
Take Care (2011)
Drake himself has said that he wasn’t entirely happy with Thank Me Later, and Take Care definitely feels more like one man’s considered vision, writes Rayner.
Nothing Was the Same (2013)
He’s a velvet-tongued rapper whose gift for the vernacular and command of his studio craft has elevated him into the realm of hip-hop innovators like Eminem, Jay-Z, Kanye, and those skills are as sharp as ever on Drizzy’s third platter, Nothing Was the Same, writes Star contributor Nick Krewin.
Bulk is really the only thing holding Drizzy’s fourth album proper, VIEWS (formerly known as Views From The 6), back from being “great.” Instead, it’s “very good.” At 20 tracks and 82 minutes, it’s safe to say that VIEWS could use an edit or two; it simply throws a bit too much at you, too waywardly and occasionally with a somewhat contradictory whiff of the incomplete, writes Rayner.
Scorpion is being presented as a double-album that’s divided into two parts, one half rap songs and the other R&B tracks.
But what becomes especially clear on both sides is that the 31-year-old artist — who has often referred to himself as “the boy” — is swiftly being shepherded into manhood and the responsibilities that come with it, writes The Canadian Press.
Care Package (2019)
Care Package showcases a lot of Drake crooning, featuring many of his “all the feels” type of tracks, but there are a few bangers. And there are some notable omissions, like “Back to Back” and “Charged Up” or his recent releases like the EP The Best in the World Pack. That said, we know Drizzy is probably heading toward setting another streaming record with this collection, writes pop culture reporter Raju Mudhar.
If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late (2015)
If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late boasts no singles, scarce hooks, barely any guests and a profoundly misanthropic temperament, and yet it will undoubtedly shift virtual bucketloads of downloads in the days ahead because even the people who profess not to like Drake will be desperate to know what Drake is up to these days.
More Life (2017)
Where VIEWS felt overstuffed almost to exhaustion, the 22-track collection Drake has carefully branded a “playlist” finds the world’s most-streamed artist loosening the reins just enough to deliver the most varied and, at times, unabashedly fizzy release of his career, a sunny stunner that sometimes even finds the 30-year-old shrugging off the baggage that’s kept his spirits slumping as his stock has soared, writes Star contributor Nick Patch.
Dark Lane Demo Tapes (2020)
Dark Lane Demo Tapes — a largely effective album-length odds-and-ends collection but not, you know, an album — may be more valuable as data than as songs. As music, it’s a mostly sharp document of top-dog anxiety and solipsism. But it’s also perhaps a spoiler for the proper album Drake announced will be released this summer, his first since the blustery “Scorpion” in 2018, writes the New York Times.
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