Young Money rapper Drake has announced that he will be working with hip-hop pioneer 9th Wonder on his forthcoming Thank Me Later follow-up.
Drake also said he has been investing studio time with friends/producers 40 and Boi-1da.
Before he hit the stage at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square, the 23-year-old revealed that he no longer had a title for the follow-up to this year’s Thank Me Later. “I can’t tell you,” he said of the album’s new name–because he hasn’t settled on one just yet. “I don’t know yet, but we’re figuring it out.” The Toronto native clarified that he was once again working with his go-to producers Noah “40” Shebib and Boi-1da, in addition to 9th Wonder (Destiny’s Child‘s “Girl,” Jay-Z‘s “Threat”). “I started the album,” he said. “I’ve got some great stuff that I’m really excited about. 40’s in a really great place so he’s making great beats. I started working with 9th Wonder, so yeah, it’s good. It’s early though.” (Rap-Up)
Recently, Drake discussed the status of his upcoming LP.
“I learned a lot from putting Thank Me Later out. I learned what worked for me– I wouldn’t necessarily say that there were things on that album that didn’t work, but I learned what really worked for me, and what I loved and what the people loved. One of the best things is putting people around me in great positions. I got [Noah] ’40’ [Shebib] finally just financially, mentally in a great place. Some of the best material that he has made to-date since we started working, came right after Thank Me Later was finished. He just happened to be in a great place right after the album, so I’ve been sitting on about five or six beats that are really, really good. And I’ve got some great raps. Boi-1Da now, Boi-1Da is in a great place as well…My next album I feel like is going to be my best sonic work to date. I think that musically I’ll be able to take it to another level now.” (XXL Mag)
Young Money CEO Mack Maine also recently talked about Drake’s progress on his second LP.
“Drake’s crazy,” Young Money president Mack Maine said in an interview. “He’s doing a [R&B] mixtape right now. He called me one night, like two in the morning. He has the intro done for the new album. We was discussing dates where he should come back. That’ll be soon. And this mixtape, he’s gonna put that out quick. His formula is crazy. He works fast. I can’t give the secret away to the formula. He’s a musical genius. The way he and [producer] 40 put things together is crazy.” (MTV)
Drake’s Thank Me Later album has already sold over a million copies since its release last June.
Young Money star Drake’s Thank Me Later took a hit dropping 18 spots to No. 38 with 13,700. After four months in stores, the rapper’s debut album has sold 1,099,700 copies. (SOHH Sales Wrap)
Check out a recent Drake interview down below: