What a time to be Drake. In the past six months, the Toronto MC has ethered Meek Mill, transforming Nicki Minaj’s boyfriend into a memeified punch line; released a fresh mixtape with Future that went straight to No. 1; unleashed the R&B ballad “Hotline Bling,” his biggest hit yet; and gotten cozy with the greatest female athlete of all-time.
Now, after “Back to Back”—and back-to-back No. 1 mixtapes—Drizzy is ready to unveil music off his upcoming LP Views From the 6.
On Saturday, Drake announced on his Beats 1 show OVO Sound Radio that the anticipated album will be dropping in April, before playing “I’m So High” by Max B, the Harlem rapper who found himself in the middle of a feud between Wiz Khalifa and Kanye West over the title to Kanye’s new album, Waves (Max B popularized the term “wavy” on his Coke Wave series of mixtapes). This, of course, led to an epic Twitter rant from Kanye directed at everything from Wiz’s pants to his child with both men’s ex Amber Rose.
After the nod to the silly feud, Drake premiered the first track off Views From the 6, “Summer Sixteen.” Produced by longtime collaborator Noah “40” Shebib and Boi-1da, the song opens by calling out none other than President Obama, who recently proclaimed Kendrick Lamar to be a better rapper than Drake. “To do what you couldn’t do / Tell Obama that my verses are like the whips at the end, they bulletproof,” raps Drake.
Then, the 29-year-old chose to pour some salt on the wounds of Meek Mill, who’d recently released a diss track aimed at Drake, “Im Da Plug Freestyle.”
“I let the diss record drop, you were standing right below me, nigga / We must have played it a hundred times, you was going to bed / Why would I put on a vest I expect you to aim for the head / I coulda killed you the first time / You don’t have to try and say it louder nigga, trust me heard you the first time,” Drake raps. But the best line off “Summer Sixteen”—and the one that everyone will be talking about—comes when Drake pokes fun at Watch the Throne duo Kanye West and Jay Z. “I used to wanna be on Roc-A-Fella then I turned into Jay / Now I got a house in L.A., now I got a bigger pool than ‘Ye / And look, man, ‘Ye’s pool is nice, mine’s just bigger is what I’m sayin’,” he rhymes.
The song, fittingly, ends with DJ Khaled screaming, “They don’t want us to have a bigger pool than Kanye!”
Your move, Yeezy.