Young Money’s Drake is upping the ante for his upcoming Nothing Was The Same solo album by recruiting hip-hop heavyweights Lil Wayne and Jay Z.
While details are still scarce, confirmation on Jigga and Weezy coming through for his third effort surfaced Friday (August 16).
“This album is about growth,” says the Toronto MC. “When I play it for people, they ask, ‘Who’s that rapping?’ I’m like, ‘That’s me.'” The LP also features all-star guests from Jay Z to Lil Wayne, plus superhot producers like Scottish DJ Hudson Mohawke. One highlight? The emotional “Connect.” “That one hits you in the heart,” says Drake. “It’s painful and beautiful at the same time.” (Rolling Stone)
A few days ago, Drizzy cleared up rumors about a track from his LP and promised guest collaborator Aiko was wrong in relation to a song title.
“40. Gonzales. Jhene Aiko. Might be my new favorite song. @JheneAiko @chillygonzales @OVO40,” Drake tweeted August 9.
“The song is not called Momentous Occasions. That’s a terrible title.” (Drake’s Twitter)
Careful with her words, Aiko recently revealed Drizzy allowed her to pick their joint track’s beat and announced the song’s alleged title.
“I am not going to say too much. Recording the song and working with him, period, was a momentous occasion. Because I think he is amazing, like a magical being for me, like a unicorn or something. He is somebody I like to listen to to get inspired and helps me write from an honest place. Recording that song was more of a personal experience because we sat with [Drake producer Noah] 40 [Shebib] and I got to help pick the beat, take it home and record to it. That was more of a collaboration than other tracks I’ve done.” (FUSE TV)
Earlier this month, Drizzy noted the slew of high-profile releases this year made him take a serious approach to his upcoming LP.
“I remember coming into this year thinking, “How am I going to cut through all these people and shine?” I’ve never been part of a year when so many legends are dropping projects. How am I going to be seen? I’m going to be like the kid waving in the background in the photo with all of his tall relatives. And, I guess, those were my initial thoughts, and not to say that I haven’t enjoyed some of the stuff that has come out this year, but it didn’t pan out the way I thought it was going to. I think I am going for it, to really establish what are murmurs or things being said quietly, “Um, I think that Drake might actually…” On September 17th I want people to be like, “Oh, we were right.”” (XXL Magazine)