As promised, Drake unveiled his new "playlist project " More Life on his OVO Radio on Saturday. As Complex pointed out, the track was playing in the background of the now-infamous J-Lo and Drake prom video, but on More Life, U.K. singer Jorja Smith features instead.
Clocking in at 22 songs, More Life is part of an ongoing musical trend: The biggest and buzziest pop records these days are also, increasingly, literally the biggest.
Although Drake originally revealed More Life as a project in conjunction with Apple Music, More Life didn't appear as an Apple exclusive but available on most streaming services.
A Spotify spokeswoman said that "More Life" was played 61,302,082 times on its first full day Sunday, topping the 56,727,861 streams on March 3 for English songwriter Sheeran's "Divide".
Also absent is Young Money label-mate Nicki Minaj. Drake dropped a verse on Minaj's "No Frauds" earlier this month, and Minaj made a surprise appearance at a Paris date on his tour, but she isn't included here.
Less than a year since his epic "Views" album (which he is still now touring in Europe), the Canadian rapper has released his latest collection of music. But Lopez is missing from the final version, with her part replaced by United Kingdom newcomer Jorja Smith. The point is proved further with the release of his highly anticipated playlist (which sounds more like a proper album), More Life.
A user on WhoSampled quickly identified the recording which Drake lifted the sample from.
Spotify has become the kingdom of Drake as he dominates the streaming platform.
A huge college basketball fan, Drake's nod at Kentucky head men's basketball coach John Calipari didn't go unnoticed. After teasing us with Instagram's of the pair cuddling in the studio, we were dead cert that when the album was announced back in December, we'd hear the Latinx's vocals on More Life, but they were notably absent. Skepta's flow works well over the trap production, but allusions to spitting bogeys and cutting pepperoni aren't amongst the slickest lines on the compilation.