Drake has already had another banner year, but he’s not resting on his laurels. At the Kansas City stop for his Summer Sixteen Tour on Saturday, he revealed that he has a new mixtape on the way.
“Protect yourself and everyone around you and spread love, spread good energy. What I saw tonight was a beautiful building of beautiful people from all races and all places,” he said. “And I want you to protect yourselves and each other so that when I go work on this new mixtape and come back to Kansas City and I drop that shit, I wanna see everybody in this motherfucker, boy!”
If both promised projects in his pipeline are released before the end of December, 2016 will mark Drake's busiest year to date. To release Views, essentially a double-disc’s worth of songs, along with the recently-announced EP with Gucci Mane and another mixtape would be remarkable even considering his usual prolificness. Who does Drake think he is, Curren$y?
Views has enjoyed incredible success on the charts, going on 12 straight weeks on the Billboard Top 200. While the numbers are definitely on his side, credibility also matters to Drake. It’s possible Views being critically panned bothered him, and he wants to use a solo mixtape to prove to dedicated hip-hop listeners that he can rap. Or maybe he understands that musical trends are fickle, chart success can be short-lived, and he isn't ready for Peak Drake to be over.
More likely than not, though, a mixtape just represents another creative outlet for Drake. Even though the Canadian superstar puts a barcode on his "mixtapes," a release like 2015's If You're Reading This It’s Too Late, which found him in a more rap-heavy mode than most of his other projects, would be especially dynamic after the singing-heavy Views.
If Drake brings bars back to the forefront for a new mixtape, this writer will be one happy camper - and many of his fans will be, too.
By William Ketchum III, aka @WEKetchum
Photo Credit: Greg Noire