News: Drake Keeps Features To A Minimum, "Nothing Was The Same" Tracklisting Unveiled

Thursday, Sep 5, 2013 8:37AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Young Money star Drake has opted out of sharing ample microphone time with fellow musicians on his upcoming Nothing Was The Same album and decided to only give fans a couple of features.

Based on a new tracklisting, Drizzy Drake's LP mostly consists of the Toronto native as opposed to his previous two solo efforts.

1. "Tuscan Leather" 2. "Furthest Thing" 3. "Started From the Bottom" 4. "Wu-Tang Forever" 5. "Own It" 6. "Worst Behavior" 7. "From Time" 8. "Hold On, We're Going Home" 9. "Connect" 10. "The Language" 11. "305 to My City" feat. Detail 12. "Too Much" 13. "Pound Cake" feat. Jay Z/"Paris Morton Music 2? Deluxe 14. "Come Thru" 15. "All Me" (Nothing Was The Same)

New details on Drizzy's upcoming LP, including more scoops on his "Wu-Tang Forever" track, surfaced online this week.

On the '90s-rap-inspired song "Wu Tang Forever," he weaves boasts of sexual virility around a plinking piano and rapid-fire drums. The outro to the album, tentatively titled "Pound Cake," features two incisive verses from Jay Z, even as Drake asserts himself above any and all competition by the song's climactic ending. "Studied the game to the letter and I did it better, like I'm supposed to feel guilty?" he rhymes. (Billboard)

The LP will reportedly showcase a harder, more grittier rap version of Drake.

"Nothing Was the Same" is the culmination of four years of the Drake musical experiment, in which hip-hop and R&B are held in careful equilibrium within the same artist. The new album largely does away with the purely slow songs that can be found on stretches of previous Drake albums, mostly confining R&B elements to hooks, bridges and atmospherics. As a result, the collection hits harder and more frequently than his earlier material, with Drake putting his rapping prowess at the forefront. (Billboard)

Last month, Drake came clean on his album's cover art and revealed the featured child is a younger version of himself.

"When you go to the store and see it, you'll see the full painting," Drake explained in an interview. "When it's positioned on the shelf, whatever store you go to, if they do it as I've asked [laughs], you'll see the fact that it's a child version of myself staring at myself now. Sometimes when I try and think back on this journey, it's so hard to pinpoint all of these moments and it gets foggy. Even on past albums when I've been trying to tell this story, I've got there, but maybe not got there all the way. And what that album art is to me is, like, this is my most clean, concise thoughts from now, and my best recollection of then. That's really what that cover's about." (MTV)

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Nothing Was The Same is expected to hit store shelves Tuesday, September 24.

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