News: Drake Not Worried About "Thank Me Later" Collabos, "I'll Do The Whole Album By Myself"
Tuesday, Jan 5, 2010 3:30PM
Young Money's Drake killed speculation that his Thank Me Later debut will be packed with collaborations and said he would forgo duets if he did not trust in their quality.
For the Canada-based emcee, collaborations are the least of his worries now.
"I really don't bank on collaborations unless it makes sense," Drake said in an interview. "If I get people's verses back and they don't coincide with the vision I have, I'll do the whole album by myself. I'm not really worried about the special guests. It's about linking to me and my story. There's people that just add to my story...I love the fact that I can tell my story and people enjoy it. And it's catchy. That makes me feel good. The fact I have to perform these songs over again, the fact that they have integrity, I never tire of them." (MTV)
Last year, Drake revealed a few collaborations he was aiming for.
"I really, really wanna do a joint with Sade," he revealed in an interview. "I really wanna get Andre 3000 on the record. And I really wanna do a song with Kings of Leon. Yeah, slowly, but surely [I'm trying to get the guest features]. We'll see." (Rap-Up)
He also spoke on a record put together specifically for himself and Jay-Z last month.
"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)
Thank Me Later is slated to come out in March 2010.
Check out Drake speaking on his Jay-Z duet track down below: