While Views was Drake's most commercially successful album – even landing him an 'Album of the Year' nod at the Grammys (*holds in vomit*) – it was certainly his most uninspired.
So, when he dropped More Life, his 22-track playlist that managed to shatter even more streaming records – and not completely suck – we had to agree that everyone's favourite culture vulture still had something special.
Yeah! We said "culture vulture". Drake has undoubtedly appropriated a bunch of global styles – from UK grime to dancehall (with Afrobeats on the horizon with Wizkid as his stepping stone) – to give his recent projects some legitimacy; and this fact has never been clearer than on More Life.
So, while Drake's hodgepodge of musical styles may have given birth to a relatively solid body of work, something about it still rings slightly false – and listening to Wani's refix of Drake's "Blem", the 7th track off More Life, it starts to become clear why.
Appropriation or appreciation?
About a minute into the refix, Wani introduces a sample of 2Face Idibia's 13-year-old Afropop banger, "Keep On Rocking"– a choice that suddenly gives the track a wholly authentic feel.
It no longer feels like an artiste appropriating a sound that doesn't belong to him, it instead starts to play like a welcome melding of genres.
Don't get us wrong, anyone is allowed to sing dancehall, but Drake's choice of words – like "wasteman" for example – kinda makes him sound like the musical equivalent of "pick me!"
Listen to Wani's refix of "Blem" below:
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