Young Money star Drake has confirmed plans to recruit fellow Canadian singer The Weeknd for his upcoming Take Care sophomore album and explained how much of an impact he has had on him.
While Drake has graced the stage amongst stars like Kanye West and Jay-Z, he calls Weeknd the greatest to date.
“Not only did he inspire me to get out there and sing better on stage, he inspired me writing wise, music wise, just to better my product,” Drake explained in an interview. “He’s on my album a lot. We really collaborated a lot on this album…He’s one of the greatest artists I’ve ever heard. To hear someone with an incredible body of work is very rare. It’s very inspiring. We formed OVOXO, which is taking over right now. I’m proud of him. He works real hard. He’s just an incredible person, [has] become a really close friend to me.” (The Juice)
Earlier this summer, Drake hinted at Weeknd’s presence on his upcoming LP.
“The single’s dropping a week-and-a-half, two weeks. It’ll be fun. It’s going to be a blast,” Drake told FADER writer Judnick Mayard. “It’s great. I’m really excited about it. Just trying out different things, different sounds, different flows… We’re all in a really great place in our lives just as a team, the team’s coming together. 40’s doing really well. We’ve got new editions. We have this affiliation with The Weeknd. It’s really great. He’s on the album a bunch. I’m excited about it just for the people to hear the evolution of the music.” (The FADER)
Drizzy released the project’s first official single in late July.
First thing this morning, on the day of the second annual OVO Festival (July 31), Drake released the first single off “Take Care” (Oct. 24), titled “Headlines.” On the Boi-1da and Noah “40” Shebib-produced track, Drake humbly rhymes about the money he’s stacking and claims “the real is on the rise.” Before releasing “Headlines” through his website, October’s Very Own, Drizzy teased fans with tracks such as “Marvin’s Room” and “Trust Issues.” “Marvin’s Room” jumped twelve slots on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart to No. 23 last week. (Billboard)
For his highly-anticipated LP, Drake recently said fans can expect to hear music icon Stevie Wonder.
“Stevie Wonder is a very close friend of mine. I’m honored to call him a friend, someone who embraced me very early in this music business,” Drake said in an interview. “This is an exclusive right here, because it’s MuchMusic, and we’re Canadian: Stevie Wonder is actually on ‘Take Care.’ — He helped me out with a lot of the music, just came and sat with me, listened to my music, told me where I could add a couple things to make it more sonically appealing, and not only that but we actually are writing together, which is an incredible experience…So I hit him, asked him to come by, and with no hesitation he hit me back like ‘I will be there.’ Not only that, but he was supposed to do two songs and he did like six — It was incredible.” (MuchMusic)
Take Care is slated to drop October 24th.
Check out Drake’s interview below: