Drake Drops Short Film ‘Please Forgive Me’ as Apple Exclusive

Drake is helping Apple Music take the lead in the heated battle between music streamers with his latest exclusive.

After teasing its release, the Young Money artist dropped his 23-minute film, Please Forgive Me, late last night exclusively through Apple Music. A visual companion to Views, the film was directed by frequent Drake collaborator Anthony Mandler, drawing on themes from Drake’s latest release and featuring a score by Noah “40” Shebib.

Before even watching, it’s clear that Drake has taken a professional cue from his fellow artists with this latest work, following in the footsteps of other recent long-form visual pieces like Beyonce‘s Lemonade and Frank Ocean‘s Endless.

Seven Views tracks are featured in this action-driven thriller and far cry from the intentional (and unintentional) hilarity of  “Hotline Bling” and “Child’s Play.” A clear homage to the Demi Moore starring film Indecent Proposal, Please Forgive Me begins with a wealthy businessman presenting model Fanny Neguesha (Drake’s girl in the film) a large sum of cash for a night together. The proposition leads to female assassins, a late-night car chase and some world traveling, set to Views‘ dancehall-influenced tracks like “One Dance” and “Controlla.” Sadly, Rihanna doesn’t make a cameo. The opening shot is also NSFW so keep that in mind wherever you decide to settle in and watch.

The video’s shots are as edgy and dreadful as they are sprawling and gorgeous, turning an album that faced some early criticism into a dark, pulse-pounding visual thrill ride. Although the short will probably be met with favorable reviews, we feel compelled to note that despite Drake’s past acting history (Degrassi, anyone?), Mandler’s world and characters often outshine the former actor’s performance. That’s okay, though. You can’t be great at everything, right?

Get a sneak peek at the visual album on Twitter and then head over to Apple Music for the full film.

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