As Drake comes to Tampa, we ask: Where's his music and legacy going next?
Drake has the Feels.
He always has, from Best I Ever Had to Hold On, We're Going Home to Hotline Bling, and his new album Views does little to flesh those Feels out. It's music you can set and forget in the car, in the pool, at a party, in your bedroom. It works anywhere, anytime, on any device. It's easy-listening hip-hop.
And as he comes to Amalie Arena with Future on Saturday (click here), it's time to ask: Is all of that enough from one of North America's biggest pop stars?
From the permafrost far below, he appears to be idling atop his mountain, pleasing all kinds of people but going nowhere in the process. After Saturday's show in Tampa, where will Drake go next?
For an alternate perspective, Stephanie Hayes wrote about why Drake's calm, consistent coolness is the musical equivalent of comfort food, something everyone can agree on at any time of day. Click here for her column.