Drake released a ‘Please Forgive Me’, a short film for his platinum-selling Views album earlier today and the internet has gone wild. The Canadian rapper’s good run in the last few years has put him in a place where he can perpetually do no wrong and expectations have been through the roof since he announced the project in August. ‘Please Forgive Me’ comes on the heels of ‘Jungle’, a short film similarly released with a story arc based on music from his 2015 If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late mixtape. The 22 Minute clip was directed by filmmaker Anthony Mandler who has previously worked with Drake on music videos for Fancy, Find Your Love and Over.
Please Forgive Me draws inspiration from similarly plotted noir Hollywood movies like Die Hard and Indecent Proposal. Drake plays a low-level gangster whose girlfriend is put in between two hard places after Drizzy’s boss (played by Nigerian actor, Soni Chidebere) offers her one million dollars to sleep with him. To turn the tide in his favour, Drake teams up with Popcaan to pull off a daring heist and well, you have to watch for yourself to see how the rest of this story plays out (hashtag no spoilers).
Now, moving on to why any of this matters.
To confirm the question you probably want to ask, Wizkid is not anywhere on this film. One Dance, co-collaborator Kyla Reid and Jamaican dancehall artist Popcaan, however, get screen time but that’s not all there is to see on Please Forgive Me.
On Please Forgive Me, Drake strengthens his cultural relationship with Africa by shooting the video for One Dance in South Africa. The rapper also includes Fela’s Colonial Mentality off his iconic “Sorrow, Tears and Blood album. Fela released the in the wake of an invasion of Kalakuta Republic by military men in 1977 and it fits perfectly into Drake’s thriller theme for ‘Please Forgive Me’.
This may not be enough to forgive the exclusion of Wizkid from the film but at least, it gleans a possibility of a future where Drake will infuse more cultural and social elements from the continent in his music. You can preview Drake’s ‘Please Forgive Me” here