Young Money’s Drake has dished a few details surrounding “Light It Up” his upcoming collaboration with Jay-Z and said the record captures the “triumphant” feel of his recent hit, “Forever”.
According to the Canadian-based emcee, Jay-Z has not yet approved the track.
“I actually did the record with Jay-Z last night,” Drake revealed in an interview. “It’s crazy, I’m really really excited about it. I hope he likes it, I just did it and I’ma shoot it to him and I hope he likes it. But it’s crazy. It’s actually produced by, well, the one that I want him on, produced by this dude from Toronto — it is nice. It’s a special, special record because at first I was like, ‘I don’t know what kinda hook I’ma do,’ I really wanted to make this rap record and I managed to get this rap with a crazy chorus in the lane of like a ‘Forever’ but not really. It’s like that type of triumphant feel though. I’m excited. The record is called ‘Light It Up.’” (Rap-Up)
He recently promised collaborations with Jay-Z, Kanye West and Lil Wayne on his Thank Me Later debut.
“I’m making progress on it,” Drake said in an interview this week. “I’m hoping for March now. It’s just pulling everybody together: I had a wish list for my managers of everybody I wanted involved that stem beyond hip-hop. I’m trying to pull it all together. I’m really trying to work with Sade. Lil Wayne will be on it. Young Jeezy, Jay-Z, Kanye will be doing work on it. It’s in the family.” (MTV)
The singer had previously discussed his hope to grow and advance his skills on the forthcoming debut.
“You can expect the same sound, I’m still going to be telling a story,” Drake explained in an interview. “I’ve got a great story to tell now — it’s been a crazy year. I just want to make it a little bigger, a little more energy. Sonically, I want to advance. I think I’ve gotten better at rapping since the last one so I’m excited to share it with the world. That’s how I come up with songs, I’ll sit there and rap to myself. There are people who are phenomenal at freestyling, but I’m a writer.” (The Boom Box)
He also touched on the importance of lyricism for his debut album.
“Lyrically, I want to keep the album as genuine and honest as ‘Fear’ is, but musically there will be a little more energy,” he promised. “There will be more moments of triumph, because my life is the best it’s ever been in my 22 years of existence. I want my music to reflect that, but I still want to be able to relate and connect with people. It’s a good indication. There will obviously be some variation — not every track is going to sound like that. I was actually going to save ‘Fear’ for the album, but I wanted to give people another reason to buy the [So Far Gone] EP.” (Shock Hound)
Additional details on Drake’s Thank Me Later have not yet been released.