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In the past, Drake has focused on rewiring hip-hop with melodies. However, his seventh solo studio album, “Honestly, Nevermind,” arrived as a surprise with an elaborate nine-and-a-half-minute video of the track “Falling Back,” an unexpected pivot to the dance floor. Drake has included such moments in his albums for a long time, but they rarely shaped the story. But now, for the first time, hard knock and uptempo productions are reshaping his sound.
Is this a logical turnaround for pop stars, who are usually creating pops from different component parts? Is it a reaction to the growth of drill music, the general gritty hip-hop subculture? Or do you accept the overflowing freedom of middle-aged middle-aged people?
In this week’s pop cast, we’ll talk about Drake’s evolution and production choices, listener expectations and how to toy the dance music subculture he’s experimenting with.
New York Times pop music reporter Joe Coscarelli
Lawrence Burney, the arts and culture editor of The Baltimore Banner and the founder of True Laurels.
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