By Alexa Garrett, Staff Writer
An album receiving both controversy and enthusiasm from students at LIU, Drake’s new album “For The Dogs,” has been a popular conversation point. The album has 23 songs for one hour and 26 minutes of listening. “Slime You Out” featuring SZA, is currently among the Billboard Top 100 hit songs in the country. Other contributors on the album include the Hispanic superstar Bad Bunny, J. Cole, 21 Savage and Lil Yachty, as well as other hip-hop artists Chief Keef, Yeat, Sexyy Red and Teezo Touchdown.
Students on campus shared their opinions on the album.
“He had promised us that we were going to get the old Drake, I can’t say it’s the old Drake, however, there’s a couple really good features on the album,” freshman business management major Hailey Holbdy said.
According to New York Times writer Joe Coscarelli, the album was supposed to be released on Sep. 22, but Drake had other plans for his audience. Fans originally started anticipating the new album at the beginning of summer, when Drake teased his fans through the book of poetry he had written with Kenza Samir. He also hinted at new music when performing at his “It’s All A Blur” tour in June.
Holbdy shared her thoughts on the album release process.
“I’m a pretty big Drake fan so I’ve known it was going to come for a while. I actually went to the concert this summer and he announced that it was coming out in October,” Holbdy said.
Songs inside of the new album include “Virginia Beach,” which the New York Times says might be in reference to Drake’s rap rival, Pusha T. “Gently” is a latin hip-hop mix with Bad Bunny. Another well-known song in the album is “8AM in Charlotte,” touching on Drake’s personal life in an artistic way.
Coscarelli described the song as “the latest in his long-running time stamp series, which co-stars his young son, Adonis.”
Junior political science major Preston Teape says that his favorite song in the album is “IDGAF,” featuring Yeat.
“I think he’s really on the way up, and for Drake to just have Yeat on there and kind of just doing what he wants to do on that song. I think it really added a new dimension to it,” Teape said.
The cover of this album is also a key indication of Drake’s love for family life. Coscarelli also mentioned that Adonis, Drake’s son, drew the cover himself.
“The child also contributed the scrawled rendering of a goat — not a dog, according to the artist — that serves as the “For All the Dogs” album cover,” Coscarelli said.
The album’s personability aspect has shone through to students.
“I think he’s being a lot more lyrical now then he was maybe in 2016 or 2017, but at the same time I think he did experiment with some new sounds, new types of singing, very slow, kinda intimate style rap,” Teape said.
The question circulating campus is “Will Drake release another album anytime soon?”
In an appearance on Sirius XM Radio Show, Drake discussed the speculation surrounding the release of his next album after “For All The Dogs.”
“I probably won’t make music for a little bit, I need to focus on my health,” he said. He also stated that he might not make “music for a year or so.”
Pop culture will be awaiting a continuation of the iconic rap style that Drake has given his audience in the “For All The Dogs” album.