News: Drake's New LP Still Taking Shape, "I Couldn't Tell You Whether It's Going To Be A Lot Of Singing Or Rapping"
Wednesday, Jan 5, 2011 3:50PM
Young Money rapper Drake's upcoming Take Care solo album has begun to take form and will see at least a vocal contribution from auto-tune king T-Pain.
According to contributing producer T-Minus, Drake has fused some tracks with his signature singing and rapping abilities.
"I was just in the studio for three days in Toronto with Drake and T-Pain, trying to come up with some records. Drake just went on tour, so when he gets back we're probably going to get back in the studio to do some more work. But his album is a work in progress. [The other day] I was up for 24 hours because we were at the studio the entire night. The new songs were a mix of [rapping and singing]. He actually just did a record in the studio with 40, and man it sounded crazy. It was more of a R&B record, and T-Pain was on it as well, but man, when that finished product comes out it's going to be nuts. I think he's probably going to drop like in the fall, possibly October. But I'm not too sure." (Complex)
The rapper has also recruited hip-hop pioneer Q-Tip for his Thank Me Later follow-up.
Q-Tip also provided a beat for rap phenom Drake's much-anticipated follow-up to this summer's Thank Me Later, though he has yet to hear the finished product of that collaboration. "He told me it's incredible," Q-Tip deadpans. "I'm going to take his word for it." (Entertainment Weekly)
Another hip-hop pioneer, DJ Premier, will also showcase his skills on Drake's forthcoming project.
"I met Drake at the Jay-Z and Eminem concert at Yankee Stadium. A good friend of mine does some charity work for [Yankees shortstop] Derek Jeter and was also working with Drake...He told me Drake wanted to come say [hello] real quick before he got on the stage with Jay...He said 'Yo next album I want to do some stuff [with you]' and that's pretty much the end of it.' He comes down and sits down next to us to watch the show and everybody in all the other suites next to us started bugging. He was just chilling there and not acting like he was too cool." (VIBE)
Last month, Drake detailed the importance of how his sophomore album is presented.
"Take Care is it's own mission," Drake said in an interview. "I'm really going back to the So Far Gone where, first of all, as much as the label and people are fighting me, I'm not doing 14 songs, 'cause it doesn't give me enough. I want to do interludes, transitions and different moments. I have an overabundance. I've never had this many raps...It's gonna be an experience...I often hear people reference So Far Gone and Comeback Season, 'Aww, we miss that.' And while that was a point in time they miss, I was an underdog, and that will never happen again, unfortunately...That's not to say I can't provoke those same emotions...I really want to write great 'life' raps. I just want to write for the people and speak for my generation." (Shade 45)
A Take Care release date has not yet been announced.
Check out Drake speaking on working with 9th Wonder down below: