Last week Drake released the mysterious 14-minute short film Jungle before hitting fans with the next shocker – dropping his surprise album, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. Directed by Caviar’s Karim Hoo Du, Jungle is a darkly intimate study of Drake’s success – in his own words.
The film opens on a nighttime car ride with a contemplative Drizzy, ending up high above the LA skyline. His inner monologue reflects on the nature of his craft, his stardom, and its pervasive effect on his life, taking us back to the Toronto streets that spawned him. He prowls the frozen city in a reflective state of mind before we switch gears, gaining home-movie glimpses into the childhood journey that created the cultural phenomenon that is Drake.
At the 6-minute mark, the ambience is suddenly shattered by a sinister beat and Drake’s unmistakable staccato, when fans are treated to snippets of the new track “Know Yourself.” Seguing into an otherworldly sequence, we see Drake move through a red-lit party, only to be jolted awake, finding himself still on the seamy streets of his youth with his childhood friends.