Drake follows album success with short film

SINGER AND ACTOR: Please Forgive Me, the 21-minute movie featuring tracks from Views, stars Drake (pictured).


    Sep 28, 2016

    Drake follows album success with short film


    DRAKE, the Toronto rapper whose latest album Views has topped this year's charts, followed his success on Monday with a film set to the music.

    Entitled Please Forgive Me, the 21-minute movie was shot in the South African township of Soweto and features tracks from Views.

    Please Forgive Me starts with a wealthy man offering Drake's girlfriend, played by Belgian actress Fanny Neguesha, money for the chance to sleep with her. It turns into an action flick as she and Drake seize the money.

    The film also stars Jamaican dancehall artist Popcaan and Bob Nameng, whose non-profit Soweto Kliptown Youth gives opportunities to street children through arts.

    Please Forgive Me was directed by Anthony Mandler, best known for filming videos by Rihanna. In 2013, he led a film of similar length by singer Lana Del Rey.

    Drake released Please Forgive Me exclusively on Apple Music, which has a long-standing partnership with the rapper and has focused on original content to win subscribers.

    Views has been the top-selling album released this year in the United States. On Sunday, it returned to number one on the Billboard chart, its 13th non-consecutive week on top - the longest streak by an album in two years.

    Despite its commercial success, Views met a mixed reception from critics who believed that Drake - who rose to stardom on mixtapes - did not have an overarching narrative to the album.