News: Drake Locks In Jay-Z "Thank Me Later" Collabo, "It's Done Now"
Wednesday, Dec 30, 2009 7:00PM
Young Money's Drake has confirmed that his speculated "Light It Up" collaboration with Jay-Z has been completed and is slated to appear on his Thank Me Later debut.
According to the Canadian-based emcee, the track is "phenomenal."
"When I heard that beat, the drums that they had come up with, it was like, 'Man, this is a moment,' " he said in an interview. " 'This sounds like where I'm at in my life.' So, we took it and [producer] 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." (MTV)
Earlier this month, Drake said the track had not yet been approved by Jay.
"I actually did the record with Jay-Z last night," Drake revealed in an interview. "It's crazy, I'm really really excited about it. I hope he likes it, I just did it and I'ma shoot it to him and I hope he likes it. But it's crazy. It's actually produced by, well, the one that I want him on, produced by this dude from Toronto -- it is nice. It's a special, special record because at first I was like, 'I don't know what kinda hook I'ma do,' I really wanted to make this rap record and I managed to get this rap with a crazy chorus in the lane of like a 'Forever' but not really. It's like that type of triumphant feel though. I'm excited. The record is called 'Light It Up.'" (Rap-Up)
The singer had previously discussed his hope to grow and advance his skills on the forthcoming debut.
"You can expect the same sound, I'm still going to be telling a story," Drake explained in an interview. "I've got a great story to tell now -- it's been a crazy year. I just want to make it a little bigger, a little more energy. Sonically, I want to advance. I think I've gotten better at rapping since the last one so I'm excited to share it with the world. That's how I come up with songs, I'll sit there and rap to myself. There are people who are phenomenal at freestyling, but I'm a writer." (The Boom Box)
He also touched on the importance of lyricism for 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)
Additional details on Drake's Thank Me Later have not yet been released.
Check out Drake speaking on his Jay-Z duet track down below: