Young Money’s Drake allegedly shot a few friendly fire blasts toward Jay-Z and Kanye West this week over their upcoming Watch the Throne compilation and sarcastically took credit in inspiring their record.
Speaking with radio host Tim Westwood, Drake discussed his forthcoming joint album with Lil Wayne and referenced Watch the Throne.
“I’ll be on [Tha Carter IV] — we’ve done a great song…We’re going to do another one… and another one. We still got to do that [collaboration] album. I heard two other guys are coming out with an album together, too. There’s two other rappers [that] are coming out with an album together. I don’t know where they got that idea but — I caught wind of it through the grapevine that there’s some other album with two guys rapping on it. [laughs]” (“Tim Westwood TV”)
Prior to Wayne being released from jail over a gun conviction, Drake promised a joint album would be put together.
“I went up to Rikers, and me and Wayne agreed that there will be a Lil Wayne/Drake album,” Drake told DJ Envy on MTV’s “Sucker Free.” ” … There’s some things I’m excited for in my life — I’m excited to go perform certain places — but [this project] will probably be one of the most exciting things in my life, because we make music on a different level. It’s just so fun, so comfortable. A whole album? To think about all the things we can do, especially if we’re gonna do 15 songs. Me and him don’t like to do 12, 13 [songs]. We want to do 15, 16. Yeah, Lil Wayne and Drake album.” (MTV)
In addition to working on Jay’s Blueprint III and recruiting Hov for their “Light Up” Thank Me Later collaboration, Drizzy is also a big fan of Kanye West.
“I’m very much looking forward to the Kanye West [My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy] album because I need to be scared and inspired for my second joint,” Drake to radio personality Funkmaster Flex. “That [‘Power’] record just had to happen. Kanye’s a genius and I’m super excited for the rest of the album because I’ve heard some things that people haven’t heard.” (“Sucker Free”)
While neither Jay or Kanye have announced an official release date, the project is speculated to drop in early March.
Despite Ye’s NYE claim that his joint project with Jigga, Watch The Throne, would drop sometime “this week” , sources close to Kanye and Def Jam have informed me that the album has a solid and official release date: March 1st, 2011. I was also told that the official first single, a track the public has yet to hear, is set to drop on January 11th, but could come as soon as Friday. Perhaps, that’s what Kanye meant when he said it was coming this week? (Fake Shore Drive)
Check out Drake speaking with Tim Westwood below: