News: Jay Z Doubles Up For Drake On "Nothing Was The Same"

Wednesday, Sep 4, 2013 12:04PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Rap mogul Jay Z reportedly doubles up the amount of verses he contributed to Drake's Thank Me Later debut by dropping handfuls of bars on their joint "Pound Cake" Nothing Was The Same track.

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

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 also 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)

Based on recent reports, the LP will now arrive a week later than initially scheduled.

Additional details were only just revealed about Drake's upcoming third set Nothing Was The Same, but there's one crucial piece of new information that surfaced today: The album, originally scheduled for a September 17 release, has now been pushed back to September 24, according to Hits Daily Double (via Complex). The LP includes collaborations with Jay-Z, Lil Wayne and Hudson Mohawke, as well as singles "Hold On We're Going Home" and "Started From The Bottom." But don't fret -- producer Noah "40? Shehib says that the record is well on its way. "Hold on we're almost done" (Idolator)

Nothing Was The Same is slated to release Tuesday, September 24.

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