News: Drake Confirms "Thank Me Later" First Single, "Me & The-Dream Both Sing On It"

Saturday, Oct 10, 2009 12:00AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Young Money's Drake has confirmed recent reports of his debut album, Thank Me Later, being led by a The-Dream collaboration single and dropping around early next year.

Discussing his post-knee surgery from last summer, Drizzy justified his recent rap absence.

"I'm able to walk around, so I'm working very hard on the album," he revealed in an interview. "I've been out of the scene for so long because I've been off my leg...Sitting at home in your apartment and having a doctor come over every day and eating healthy and going to the gym -- there's not much of a rap album to be made off that. I have to get my inspiration and start seeing things and going to dinners and meeting people again and just finding stories to tell for this album. I'm trying to make something timeless...[It's] an R&B song...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. [It has a] message that's never really been explored by male singers. This song is sort of like an anthem for women, like pre-the club. It's like an anthem for you to be at your house with your girlfriends getting ready, what you listen to before you get there." (Billboard)

Drizzy recently said he wanted to allow the music to connect with his fanbase.

"At the end of the day, one of the biggest things I've been toying with on Thank Me Later is that it's kind of hard for me to come out and be like, 'I'm still the underdog,'" Drake said in an interview. "I can't rap about the same things [as I did] on So Far Gone,so it's just really trying to tell the greatest story that's never been told, which is the story of a rapper's come-up, and tell it without being corny or over bragging or sounding like, 'Feel sorry for me.' It's going to be a very interesting record because I'm really going to have to dig deep and tell stories that people can relate to. But it's kind of hard, because my life is at a very different place now..I'm excited for next year, and I got some great records coming out with people too. I got little projects on the horizon that I'm doing just for the people, to give people the free music that I've been known to give. I'm just going to keep up with being Drake. That's it." (MTV)

Drake previously hit up Twitter to call his album-making process "magic."

"In the studio...," he wrote Monday (August 17) morning. "working on Thank Me September 8th! Then we're back in business" (Drake's Twitter)

He also had to defend his pen game after producer Kia Shine claimed a portion of writing and publishing rights off Drizzy's "Best I Ever Had" hit.

"There have been questions posed to me the last few days about the writing of 'Best I Ever Had' and I figured I'd take the time to clear the air directly," he wrote Thursday (September 17) night. "I have never met Kia Shine or worked with him. I wrote the entire composition in Toronto and I borrowed one line from a Lil Wayne song that he produced the BEAT for. The claims of 25% ownership are false and for a artist to brag about splits on a song is distasteful to begin with." (October's Very Own)

Drake's Thank Me Later album is slated to hit shelves February 2010 via Young Money/Universal Motown.

Check out Drake's recent feature in Baby and Lil Wayne's "Money To Blow" music video below:

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