Welcome to the New Toronto.
Fresh off of delivering the biggest hit of the year (he wrote Rihanna’s Work), Drake’s OVO stable mate, Canadian PARTYNEXTDOOR, has found his lane between Drizzy and The Weeknd; he drops tropical dance floor bangers and piano-driven, baby’s-bum-smooth RnB on his new album PARTYNEXTDOOR 3.
For the Jamaican-inspired beats that are trending through hip hop at the moment, we have this guy to thank. The long-time Drake collaborator had a huge hand in Views this year, and P3 plays out like a sequel to it. Album opener High Hopes has a distinct ‘90s RnB feel with a sinister twist. Not Nice is Work’s jaded little brother and Only U continues the dancehall vibes, followed by the ultra-minimalist treats in Problems & Selfless.
The same way the freedom he has in his own work creates some moments of brilliance (Come & See Me featuring Drake), there are times when the record dips into self-indulgence, showing there’s still plenty of room to hone his skills in time for P4.
PARTYNEXTDOOR3 is out now via OVO Sound/Warner.