Producer Drumma Boy has confirmed being a part of Drake‘s forthcoming Thank Me Later debut and explained how his relationship with the Young Money star began.
According to Drumma, their relationship goes back nearly two years.
“In 2008, somebody called me and said, ‘I got an artist I want you to work with.’ I forget who it even was. But they passed my number along and Drake reached out to me and asked me to come to Hot Beats [Recording Studios] in Atlanta. This was when he was first working on his rapping and singing stuff. The first studio session we recorded “Money To Blow.” [Editor’s Note: That track was later used to create Birdman‘s 2009 single of the same name.] Anyway, I always see him out at certain events, so he reached out [a couple months ago] like, ‘Yo man, send me some beats. I’m about to close this album.’ So I did and he just sent me a text out of the blue the other day like, ‘We got another one!’ I responded like, ‘Yo, email it to me, let me hear it,’ but I got no response. So I guess we’ll have to take his word for it. [Laughs]” (VIBE)
Rap veteran Nas recently spoke on Drake’s decision to delay his highly-anticipated debut through June.
“I think a lot of things that’s messed up is if you come out with a record, brand new, and it blows up too big, that could be the worst thing that ever happens to you,” Nas explained in an interview. “I think there’s a lot of new cats coming out that’s not just blowing up but they’re taking their time. Like, we’re waiting on the Drake first album, Drake’s album still hasn’t dropped. It should be dropping any day now but that’s a great thing that it probably didn’t come out last year. He waited, he got into a zone, I think that was smart. So it’s a lot going on that I’m happy about.” (“The Los Angeles Leakers”)
Hitmaker Timbaland, however, questioned whether Drake should have waited nearly a year to drop his debut.
“I don’t know, when all the hype was there, [people] were like ‘Oh’ but now you know how this world is,” Tim told radiohost/actor Nick Cannon explained about the changing popularity of artists. “They get it and then pull you down. I don’t know [if delaying the album was good]. Time will tell when he drops, when he do drop his album. We don’t know right now. I can’t tell you.” (92.3 Now)
Last month, Drake talked about remaining relevant in hip-hop.
“I think between myself and Lil Wayne, we make timeless music,” Drake explained in an interview. “So I know it’ll last for a while and when the time is right, I’ll definitely go back into acting, it’s a passion of mine…I’m still learning, my vulnerability and my music is key. And that’s what’s gonna keep me humble and keep me grounded and keep me proud to be here, grateful to be here, proud to be Canadian, all those things. I think it’s so important to me…I think my music is very personal, I think I say things in my music that mean a lot to me but to a certain audience, it’s not what they want to hear.” (Vancouver Observer)
Drake’s Thank Me Later is scheduled to drop Tuesday, June 15th.
Check out a recent Drake interview down below: