In the new episode of the Life + Times' "The Truth with Elliott Wilson", we find out the creative process from Jhene Aiko on her two most recent collabs: Drake's "From Time" on NWTS and her record/video with Childish Gambino "Bed Peace". The former's hook stems from something personal from Aiko, while the latter draws on her liking to the John Lennon / Yoko Ono relationship and what they stood for. It's cool to hear the details of how those records originated and then were worked on with the respective artists. Plus, Aiko drops some general life gems about not believing in setbacks and that everything is all a part of the journey. #Salute to that!
Jhene Aiko's Sail Out EP drops next Tuesday, November 12th.
Another big-name interview with DJ Whoo Kid on Shade45 today was Nicki Minaj calling in... and she's a little peeved about Drake not having any YMCMB features on Nothing Was The Same. There definitely sounds like a disconnect there, but nothing that I see escalating.
Nicki also talks about her gratitude toward Eminem (for his feature on her first album) and how that even came together. Plus, locking in soon to work on the next project due sometime next year. An interesting listen for even the most casual of Nicki Minaj fans.
Over the summer, Drake became the "global ambassador" for the Toronto Raptors. That essentially means he'll be the face of the franchise. The first sign of this came today when this promo video for the Raptors debuted for the season's start. For those who feel Drake is soft, you'll probably enjoy how the first few seconds of him talking goes down. But anyway, it looks like it worked — the Raptors won tonight over the Celtics.
James Blake puts his spin on close friend/collaborator Drake's "Come Thru" from the NWTS album and adds a freshness to it to the point that I can toggle between both versions now. You may not need the Kleenex box handy next to you; the new sound isn't as soft and still a nice compliment.
The Brooklyn fans got a treat at Would You Like a Tour? tonite, as Drake's DJ, Future The Prince gave the longest preview of "Trophies" — the unreleased NWTS track produced by Hit-Boy. I like the triumphant vibe so far, but the fan footage can only provide such an impact. Gotta hold off 'til the CDQ hits, hopefully sooner than later.
Remind me not to invite Al Roker though to the next concert I attend. I'd prefer to go with someone who doesn't have a constant state of shock and confusion.
In a related Drake Tour tidbit, take a gander at a few HQ Instagrams from Drizzy himself of tonight's show. Could it be mere coincidence that he and 'Ye have the same "alien" light shining on the stage?