Nobody can deny that Drake has been the recent buzz of 2009. Just recently Drake Was Honored Complex’s 25 Most Anticipated Albums 2010, Best New Artist On Myspace, and Claimed The #1 Spot In The New York Times 2009 Best Pop List.
In an interview with Complex.com, Drake stated that this album would have mostly singing and only three or four hip hop tracks as in his mixtape So Far Gone. Drake has also stated a desire to work with Kanye West, André 3000, Kid Cudi, Kings of Leon and Sade on the album.
On May 28, 2009, independent label Canadian Money Entertainment sold an unauthorized Drake album, The Girls Love Drake, on iTunes, Rhapsody.com, Shockhound, and Amazon.com. Drake’s management sent a cease and desist order to iTunes, which promptly removed the album from sale on June 5. Drake plans to sue Canadian Money.
Drake resumed work on the album in October 2009 following an onstage injury from a July 2009 concert. “Shut It Down”, featuring singer The-Dream, is the possible first single from the album and to be released in January 2010. Hip hop producer Omen told Billboard magazine that a video for “Shut It Down” would be directed by Hype Williams. However, Drake stated in an interview that “Shut It Down” would be a single but not the first one. We all know now that the album is set to release later this year.
In early November 2009, Wayne officially released a statement explaining that Thank Me Later had been completed. MTV News reported in December that Drake plans the album to be released possibly by March 2010.
Drake – Fireworks (Intro)
“The album opens up with a song I’m really proud of called ‘Fireworks….It’s a great, triumphant record right away. That opens up the scheme, and from there, hopefully, it’s a colorful journey for everybody.” First Line: “Money just changed everything”
Drake ft The Dream – Shut it Down
“It’s sexy. It’s slow, but there’s an energy to it. I rap on it. Me and Dream both sing on it. It’s cool….This song is sort of like an anthem for women, like pre-the club. When they go out and they get dressed up and put their make-up on and get their hair done, they have the capacity to shut the club down.”
Drake ft Jay-Z – Light Up
“When I heard that beat, the drums that they had come up with, it was like, ‘Man, this is a moment,’ ” he said. ” ‘This sounds like where I’m at in my life.’ So, we took it and 40 did what he does to pieces of music that I see potential in — he took it to the next spot. Jay-Z’s on it. The song is phenomenal. It’s done now.”
Collaborations: Jay-Z, Young Jeezy, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, The Dream
Possible Collabs: Sade, Bun B, Kings of Leon, Nickelus F
Production: 40, Kanye West, Boi-1Da, Northern Profit / Arthur McArthur, Just Blaze
Lots of exciting stuff going on but the stuff I’m doing with Drake is craziest. He’s doing stuff that he hasn’t done before. I want to give you a hint – it’s something so big – but I can’t. – Boi-1da
Drake won’t jump on just anybody’s song for a guest appearance, and he also won’t accept just anybody’s verses for his upcoming debut, Thank Me Later. The 23-year-old MC said his collaborators have to fit into his musical plan.
“I really don’t bank on collaborations unless it makes sense,” Drake said recently in Toronto. “If I get people’s verses back and they don’t coincide with the vision I have, I’ll do the whole album by myself. I’m not really worried about the special guests. It’s about linking to me and my story. There’s people that just add to my story.”
One of those people is Jay-Z. As we’ve previously reported, the Jiggaman laid down bars for the Thank Me Later track “Light Up.”
“So far I’ve done a couple songs where the individuals have been willing to come into my world,” Drake added. “I’m not making the song with the purpose of carefully placing them, like, ‘This record serves this purpose, so you can dance in the clubs.’ It’s about continuing with the vibe that I have and being honest.”
Luckily, Drake’s vision has resonated with hip-hop fans.
“I love the fact that I can tell my story and people enjoy it,” he said. “And it’s catchy. That makes me feel good. The fact I have to perform these songs over again, the fact that they have integrity, I never tire of them.”
Thank Me Later has a tentative March release date! :)
(possible “Thank Me Later” cover art)