2016 saw the arrival of Drake’s long-awaited 4th album. Fans have eagerly awaited for Views from the 6, as was thought to be the name of it, ever since the Canadian rapper announced it back in July 2014. In the meantime, we got a surprise mixtape by the name of If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late and a collaborative mixtape with rapper Future, What a Time to Be Alive. When the proper album was finally released, its name was shortened to simply Views and a photoshopped picture of Drake sitting on top of the CN Tower in Toronto was used as the cover art.
While Views was still in the making, a single released in advance from it was already gaining huge amounts of attention. Hotline Bling inspired countless Internet memes and parodies, however, it only reached #2 in the Billboard charts. One Dance followed then and gave Drake his first ever number one, not counting the songs he was featured on. Musically, Once Dance has been described as dance-hall, a genre originally defined as “Jamaican music that developed from Reggae in the late 1970s, when the music of the previous Roots Reggae era became more stripped down, with an increased emphasis on pure rhythm.” Other contemporary artists such as Rihanna and Sean Paul adopted dance-hall influences into their songs.
Two artists are featured on One Dance besides Drake: first there’s Wizkid on backing vocals, but also credited with co-writing and co-producing the track; and then there is Kyla, whose original song Drake sampled. Lines such as “Baby I like your style” are directly taken from her composition Do You Mind, only sped down.
One Dance spent 10 non-consecutive weeks at number one in Billboard Top 100, first being dethroned by Justin Timberlake’s Can’t Stop the Feeling! and second by Sia’s Cheap Thrills (featuring Sean Paul).