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Drake’s Apple Music short ‘Please Forgive Me’ is a wild, clunky thrill ride

Another win for Apple Music.


Brianna Holt


Posted on Sep 26, 2016   Updated on May 25, 2021, 10:22 pm CDT

Last night Drake released Please Forgive Me, a film inspired by his chart-topping album Views. The 20-minute short film can be found exclusively on Apple Music.

With amazing visuals from Soweto, South Africa, and a storyline similar to those of your favorite action movies, you will have no trouble staying engaged. Filmed by Anthony Mandler, the video is only the second music video to come from Views.

Similar to the plot of Indecent Proposal the story gets right to the point when Drake’s girlfriend is offered $1 million to sleep with a man. The girl confides in Drake about the offer; unexpectedly, Drake persuades his girlfriend to go forth with the deal.

Just as we want to classify Drake as a lousy boyfriend, the plot changes. He and his accomplice Popcaan scam the man who offered money in exchange for the tryst. (“One Dance” singer Kyla Reid also appears.) Fast forward a little, and Drake goes from an affectionate and loving boyfriend—to a criminal and killer.

Despite the amazing videography and being able to put an image to some of your favorite songs, Drake’s action star character does not work. He tries too hard, and doesn’t seem like the sensitive Drake we’re used to. We understand he has tons of acting credibility under his belt from Degrassi, but those days are long gone. On the other hand, the romantic scenes were much more convincing.

The film features “One Dance” and “Controlla” as full music videos, while other songs like “Weston Road Flows,” “9,” “Summers Over Interlude,” and “Views” play in the background of various scenes. 

The short is definitely worth watching. I mean c’mon—it’s 20 minutes of Drake. 

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*First Published: Sep 26, 2016, 7:36 pm CDT