On Twitter recently, a fellow music writer commented that Drake is "one of the more generation-dependent artists in recent memory … above a certain age something essential is lost." This was in response to another writer who tweeted, "Why do people like Drake again? Completely baffled by his appeal."

On Twitter recently, a fellow music writer commented that Drake is "one of the more generation-dependent artists in recent memory … above a certain age something essential is lost." This was in response to another writer who tweeted, "Why do people like Drake again? Completely baffled by his appeal."

These were extremely comforting words to me, since the only song by the Toronto rapper I've ever connected to is "Hotline Bling," and that was less about the subject matter (late-night booty calls) and more about the bizarre video that became a meme because of Drake's goofy dancing, which made your Tommy Bahama-clad uncle's moves at the most recent wedding reception seem pretty smooth.

But maybe I shouldn't be comforted at all. Maybe it means that I've reached the magical (or cursed) age at which generational barriers prevent me from enjoying certain artists at the same level others do.

I do appreciate that Drake doesn't fit neatly into any category of hip-hop or R&B. He sings as much as he raps. He's a former child actor. He's Canadian and half Jewish. He's just as likely to puff out his chest as he is to get all sensitive and introspective on you. But I'm still waiting to hear a Drake song I just can't get enough of.

But this is a Staff Pick, which means we think this artist and show are worth your time, and here's why: Drake's newest album, VIEWS, has been sitting atop just about every Billboard chart you can name. Most impressively, the album has maintained the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 for 12 weeks, which has only occurred with nine other albums (Adele's 21 holds the record with 24 weeks at No. 1). Drake is a bona fide superstar, and a giant swath of American listeners is keeping VIEWS at the top. With chart numbers like that, it's more than worth your time to see what all the fuss is about. Although if you're under 35, you probably already understand what the fuss is about.

Atlanta rapper Future - no slouch himself when it comes to popularity contests - accompanies Drake on this Summer Sixteen tour, which makes sense given the pair teamed on the 2015 mixtape What a Time to be Alive.