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Wizkid, Rihanna, Future, Kanye West Featured In Drake's 'VIEWS'

Drake's new album 'VIEWS' up on iTunes and Apple Music now.

To the city I love and the people in it...Thank you for everything #VIEWS

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Drake just released his fourth studio album VIEWS. The 20-song project features the likes of Wizkid,  Rihanna, FuturePimp C, DVSN, and PARTYNEXTDOOR, as well as production from longtime right-hand man Noah "40" Shebib, Kanye West, Boi-1da, Kanye and more.

We already knew Wizkid was going to be on the record from "One Dance," the 'afrobeats'-leaning single that was released earlier this month. The track samples a UK funky remix of R&B singer Kyla's "Do You Mind" and channels the Caribbean textures of Drake's recent output. Wizkid co-produced the track, as VIEWS' full album credits reveal.

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Kanye West produced the down tempo "U With Me?" Although his featured verse and Jay Z's two bars on the previously released radio rap anthem "Pop Style" are gone. In his interview on Beats 1 OVOSOUND RADIO with Zane Lowe, Drake revealed that him and Kanye were supposed to do a mixtape together.

Jamaican dancehall artist Popcaan is no longer on the low-key "Controlla," which was previously leaked. His track "Love Yuh Bad" does get sampled at the end of "Too Good" though. Coincidentally, Wizkid's remixed a couple of Popcaan's hits.

Drake also mentioned during his interview that VIEWS follows the change of seasons in Toronto—going from winter to summer then back to winter.

According to new rules from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) that would count old streaming listens of "Hotline Bling," "Pop Style," and "One Dance," the album could go platinum very soon in the United States.

VIEWS is available on iTunes and Apple music now. Snapchat will have Drake-related filters live as well.

Drake VIEWS Track List

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Freestyle Friday started as lockdown content but is now a fully-fledged TV show on Channel O. In this interview, Stogie T breaks down why the show is revolutionary and talks about venturing into media.

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In the last few weeks, however, Freestyle Friday has found its way to cable TV. The show airs every Friday on Channel O, one of the continent's longest-running music TV channels. Freestyle Friday as a TV programme isn't just about freestyles, it's about the art of rapping and the music business, particularly SA hip-hop. Guests range from lyricists to record executives and other personalities aligned with the scene—Ninel Musson and Ms Cosmo for instance.

But Freestyle Friday is only the first media product Stogie T is working on as he is in the process of starting a podcast network, a venture in which he is collaborating with Culture Capital. In the Q&A below, Stogie T breaks down the relationship with Culture Capital, how the show moved from the internet to TV, why it's a revolutionary idea, touches on his venture into media and his future plans.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

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