Drake‘s highly anticipated short film that loosely accompanies his last album Views has arrived. The rapper released the film, titled Please Forgive Me, via Apple Music early Monday morning. Anthony Mandler (Rihanna, Beyoncé) co-directed the short film.
The first half of the film borrows heavily from the 1993 drama Indecent Proposal, with Drake’s girl, played by Belgian model Fanny Neguesha, offered $1 million to spend the night with a shadowy millionaire. However, instead of fulfilling the parameters of the deal, Drake, his girl and associate Popcaan take out the liaison at the rendezvous point and make off with the cash.
The rapper then goes to return the money to the pissed-off crime boss, and that’s when all hell breaks loose in the short film, leading to a violent, explosive conclusion.
Within Please Forgive Me, two songs from Views are showcased as in-film music videos: His smash “One Dance” takes place at a fiery dance party in Johannesburg, while “Controlla” features Neguesha dancing alone in the deserts of Namibia.
In addition to a handful more Views tracks – “Weston Road Flows,” “9,” “Views” and “Summer’s Over Interlude” – Please Forgive Me also features new music composed by the rapper’s go-to producer Noah “40” Shebib and incidental music like Fela Kuti’s “Colonial Mentality.”
Drake’s album Views was a substantial breakthrough for the rapper. Released in April, the record held the Number One spot on the Billboard 200 for 12 consecutive weeks on the strength of five hit singles. “One Dance” became Drake’s first Number One single as lead artist. Coming five months after the album, Please Forgive Me is likely to reinvigorate sales of Views, which has sold more than 1.4 million copies in the U.S.
Drake’s last foray into film was in 2015 with Jungle, the 14-minute clip that found the rapper pondering the price of fame and the point of life. Jungle was intended as a preview of his fourth mixtape If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late.