News: Drake Clears Up The-Dream "Thank Me Later" Collabo Confusion, "It's Not The First Single"

Wednesday, Nov 11, 2009 4:40PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Drake has clarified recent reports which suggested his debut album, Thank Me Later, would be kicked-off by a collaboration track with The-Dream called "Shut It Down."

Still early in the recording process, Drizzy said he is having difficulty with song selection.

"No, it's not the first single," Drake said about the Dream record. "It deserves to be a single at some point, but it's not the first single... I have trouble doing that. I'd say I have about six songs done and to pick from just six is hard for me 'cause I don't know what else is going to come. With So Far Gone, before 'Best I Ever Had' became the single, the entire project was done and it just happened to be the most commercially viable, catchiest song. I like picking my singles like that. Now obviously my management hates that because that doesn't give them much time to work it. But I'm a big believer that everything should happen organically and if it doesn't then something's not right, and I don't really want to change my formula. Before I start working a single, I need to get about 10, 15, 20 songs done so I can pick from a batch of music as opposed to just committing to something right now." (Rap-Up)

Drake's producer, Omen, previously said the Dream collaboration would be accompanied by a music 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 recently touched on the importance of lyricism on 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)

Drake hit up Twitter last summer 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)

Thank Me Later is slated to hit stores February 2010.

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