Fans have had to wait three years for Drake's official follow-up to his 2013 album Nothing Was The Same, and it looks like the rapper has not disappointed. The Young Money star sent the internet into a frenzy when he finally unveiled Views From The 6 on Friday (29 April).
The highly anticipated record, which was released exclusively to Apple Music and iTunes, features collaborations with industry heavyweights including dancehall artiste PopCaan, rapper Pimp C , afrobeats star Wizkid and Jay Z.
Judging by reactions so far, the Canadian heartthrob has excelled. Twitter has erupted with heaps of praise for Views From the Six, with many describing the LP as his best work yet. One Twitter user hinted that the record would likely spawn hilarious memes saying: "#Views got me thinking about mistake I haven't even made yet."
However, the record, which infuses elements of dancehall and afrobeats, has received some controversy with a number of listeners claiming that it wasn't a "rap album". In 2015 he released the chart-topping mixtapes If You're Reading This, It's Too Late and What A Time To Be Alive.
Before the big reveal the 29-year-old, real name Aubrey Graham, made sure to create a buzz by posting a snap of the tracklist. In addition to previously heard tracks One Dance, Pop Style and Controlla, new songs on the 20-track record include Hype, Grammys, Childs Play and Views. His summer smash Hotline Bling is listed as a bonus track.
Meanwhile, fans will be able to see the hip-hop star live on stage this summer when he teams up with frequent collaborator and fellow rapper Future for their Summer Sixteen tour. They will kick things off in Austin on 20 July and make stops in Chicago and New York before wrapping up in Vancouver on 17 September. The duo previously teamed up for the mixtape What a Time to be Alive and also appeared together on the Jungle tour and Would You Like a Tour? They have also released details of meet-and-greet packages and added eight extra dates to the string of anticipated live shows.