News: Drake Spills Details On "Thank Me Later" Debut, "It's About Trying To Tell The Greatest Story Never Told"
Thursday, Oct 8, 2009 3:25PM
Drake has continued to tease fans with details about his highly-anticipated Thank Me Later debut and has now revealed the concept behind his first Young Money release.
Drizzy says he wants 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)
According to producer Omen, the album's first single "Shut It Down" will be accompanied by a Hype Williams-directed video.
"We're filming a video for it soon helmed by Hype Williams. The track will be serviced just a few weeks after," Omen revealed. The song came about when Omen teamed up with Drake's longtime musical collaborator, 40, and together they came up with the production. "I was working on some drum patterns and 40 had the melody going. 40 is very skilled and has a crazy ear for obscure sounds and chords," says Omen. "It took us the whole night to come up with the track, but we finished it and played it for Drake the next day, who already had the song's concept." The idea for the track, which Omen describes as a "Prince-like, powerful song," is about "empowering females. Drake said he had a song idea called 'Shut It Down' aimed at club-going females. When they go out and they get dressed up and put their makeup on and get their hair done, they have the capacity to shut the club down," Omen recalls. (Billboard)
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 Later...magic...surgery 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: