In the wake of the NWTS leak, hustle-prone YouTuber Lima Limon was quick to recraft an instrumental of Drake's intro "Tuscan Leather" (originally produced by Noah "40" Shebib). Lima penned a 24-bar verse of multis and shifting flows with lyrics shifting from punchlines to wordplay on the album's song titles and even addressing legal concerns by claiming Creative Commons on this release.
Drake was on Ellen today and performed his hit single "Hold On, We're Going Home" in addition to a sit-down interview with the talk show host. The juicy topics discussed: Drake's relationship with Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Tyra Banks, and more.
On Rihanna: [Awkwardly laughs] Yeah, great girl, we had our moment and always support and have love for her.
On Nicki Minaj: Me and Nicki are like family, I love Nicki with all my heart. We haven't really shared an intimate moment like that.
On Tyra Banks: I went on a date with her one time. Just one date. We went to Disneyland in disguise. I don't know if it was a date, it was a get together. We're close as well.
On Kim Kardashian: No, no, no. Come on, what is going on here?!
On Kat Dennings: I just always had a huge crush on Kat Dennings, and she was kind enough one night to oblige me and we went out to dinner. She's great though.
Jhene Aiko reveals in a new interview with VIBE a few really neat details about the collaborative process with Drake on Nothing Was The Same — both for her hook on "From Time" and the background singing on "Wu-Tang Forever".
"Were you a last-minute addition to "Wu-Tang Forever"?"
"Yeah, the first time we met to work together, he played me six songs. That was one of them and I was like, 'Can I sing on that? Can I just do a note?' and he was like yeah and I did that right away. I didn't even know if he was gonna keep it or not. I was just like, 'Dang I really, really like this song. I think it could use a female voice just a little bit.' I didn't even know "Wu-Tang Forever" was the name. I was so confused so when people were like 'Is that you?' I was like I've never done a song about Wu-Tang, let me see but that hook spoke to me and I can hear myself singing on it. When he played "From Time," there was nothing on it and I was so compelled to write."
- Jhene Aiko on "Wu-Tang Forever"
"This time around, we actually met and he played me "From Time" and I was like 'Yeah, I wanna do this. Can I take this home and write to it?' and he was like, 'Yeah, take your time.' I had it for like a month and a half and I actually wrote something completely different to it. Then right before I sent it to him, I was like 'No, I wanna say something completely different. I want it to be like this.' I sent it to him and he was like, 'Oh my God, I love it.'"
- Jhene Aiko on "From Time"
Plus, Aiko revealed that Kendrick Lamar will be on her upcoming EP, Sail Out, of which the first track "Bed Peace" featuring Childish Gambino was released earlier this week (also below). Lookin' forward to the collab, especially with her description of what to expect.
"You've also placed on Wale's mixtape Folarin and Big Sean's album Hall of Fame so will they be returning the favor when it comes time for your album?"
"You know what, the only one returning the favor is Kendrick Lamar. He's gonna be on the Sail Out EP that's out in October but I don't take any offense to people not wanting to return the favor. I did the songs [with Wale, Sean, Cole] because I liked everything and I would want them to want to do a song of mine. Nowadays, No I.D. told me, 'You can stand on your own' and I agree with him. At the end of the day, if I just take an extra week to write a hot 16, I can do it."
"Will your song with Kendrick be a part two of "Growing Apart"?"
"No, our song is different. It's sexy but at the same time, it's very lyrical. It's a smart and sexy song."
- Jhene Aiko on her upcoming collab with Kendrick Lamar
BONUS: Check out photos from Jhene Aiko's "Bed Peace" cover shoot with Childish Gambino on our tumblr.
It's been a helluva 24 hours in music to kick off the week. By now you've undoubtedly heard Nothing Was The Same one or one hundred times, but here's a quick rundown of some other big-name tracks that dropped ICYMI.
"They wanted us to remix it and get on there [so] you gon’ probably hear another one with us on it. Meth did his verse—we all did our verses. I wrote my rhyme in probably 15, 20 minutes. We were moving so fast we only had about four hours of studio time. If I had some time to really sit down and get juicy with it, I probably could've got juicier with it. But I still do a nice one, I still do a real banger."
So far, the Wu has shown support for Drake's new track, except for Inspectah Deck (see: below). So we'll see if this remix materializes, and with whom exactly? I know I, as well as pretty much everyone, would be excited for whatever remix comes of it.
Drake rounded out an amazing week for Jimmy Fallon last night, with both the premiere of "Too Much" (featuring Sampha), an interview, and Charades with Black Thought, Jimmy, and Scarlett Johansson (who was looking especially amazing, by the way.)
As for "Too Much", it was refreshing to hear something that personal. Drizzy had a couple powerful, soulful verses with Sampha on the keys and hook. It was cool to follow his emotions, especially in that second verse. I liked Sampha's hook, but I wonder how other types of singers would have sounded with the lyrics/production... even a female singer. This one will certainly grow with more listens so be sure to check it out.
Below is Drake's interview, where most notably he talks about the cover art. The real fun is below that as he and Jimmy team up to take on Black Thought and Scar Jo for 'Charades'. "Everytime! Consistency!" - Drake. Hah!
It's been a busy week of new music — so much so that it's already Thursday night and this recap covers justsome of the big-name releases ICYMI! Be sure to navigate the Songs, Videos, and Mixtapes page for the full list of new music from not only the artist you know, but also the artists you should :)
Up top is the most recent of the huge new drops: Drake's newest preview off Nothing Was The Same — a rap/singing groove called "Wu-Tang Forever" that stands out, IMO, with Drake's second verse, hook, and the "It's Yourz" sample of Wu-Tang.
Down below, Lupe Fiasco delivers one of the most intricate lyrical outputs of the year with "Piece Of Paper/Cup of Jayzus". My head is still spinning about this one — there's witty gem after gem. And rounding out the singles, I gotta show love to Bun B's first single off his upcoming album.
The previews of #NWTS begin. And here's another nice one as Drake raps and sings on "Wu-Tang Forever". An instant *Tibs Fav. on first listen. I think the track especially takes off once Drake starts the little shouting flow. Bangin' production (that samples the Wu's "It's Yourz") and a dope display of Drizzy's versatility. Give this one a listen before September 24th.