News: Drake Talks "Thank Me Later" Lyricism, "I Want To Keep The Album As Genuine & Honest As 'Fear' Is"
Tuesday, Oct 27, 2009 11:25AM
Young Money's Drake recently revealed more details surrounding his forthcoming Thank Me Later debut album and said he nearly saved his latest track, "Fear," for the solo project.
Drizzy also discussed the importance of rappers being more versatile.
"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...You've really got to come out and offer people something that's never been done before or something at a very high level. Take someone like Kanye West who produces, sings, writes and does fashion. He's beyond the full package. I think that's becoming requirement these days. You have to do everything." (Shock Hound)
Drake recently clarified his Tupac Shakur name drop on the song "Fear" and said fans should not take the mention as a diss toward the late rapper.
"A lot of people also sort of don't understand the meaning of that line," Drake said in an interview. "It's not necessarily that I don't love West Coast hip-hop or that I don't love 'Pac now that I'm 22, but that line was just said to show how new I am to hip-hop. And like I said, I was 9 when that happened, so it didn't really affect me. But that song in general was just one of those things that took awhile to finish because it was an opportunity to say a lot of the things on my mind. That always feels good as a rapper, when you can get your thoughts out." (MTV)
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)
Despite his debut album not coming until 2010, Drake has seen success off his retail EP release, So Far Gone.
Young Money's Drake suffered a slight eight position drop this week as So Far Gone fell to No. 28 with 21,100. After a month in stores, the re-released retail project has sold 162,300 copies. (SOHH Sales Wrap)
Check out Drake's recent feature in Baby and Lil Wayne's "Money To Blow" music video below: