Here is a 30 second trailer as today's most up to date news on Drake's upcoming album, Nothing Was The Same, which showcases a bunch of expensive cars driving around the city set to a beat that reminds me of "All Of The Lights" (UPDATE: A new one by Hit-Boy & Rey Reel). And... that's it. September 24th. Fade to black.
Now to spoof this around Chicago in my Honda Accord...
If you're unsatisfied after the quick trailer, how about this great GIF of Orioles All-Star Chris Davis fouling a ball into his shirt. Ha!
UPDATE: Jhene Aiko is a new confirmed feature on track 07 "From Time" via Amazon UK. This shouldn't be a surprise after seeing some tweets confirming a collab earlier this summer. Looking forward to that one (and the album).
09.05.13: "Would you like the tracklist?", says Drake just moments ago on Twitter. Here it is below: 16 tracks for the deluxe edition (with "Come Thru" & "All Me" not appearing on the regular retail version). Features from Jay Z, Majid Jordan (on "Hold On We're Going Home), Detail, and 2 Chainz & Big Sean (on "All Me").
Here's Drake's reaction to "Control", and it's a juicy one.
"I didn't really have anything to say about it," Drake says. "It just sounded like an ambitious thought to me. That's all it was. I know good and well that Kendrick's not murdering me, at all, in any platform. So when that day presents itself, I guess we can revisit the topic." - Drake
This excerpt comes from the upcoming issue of Billboard, of which Drake happily graces the cover. Your thoughts on Drizzy's reaction to "Control"?
A couple of #NWTS tidbits are revealed today via the new RollingStone Fall Music Preview issue, and they're especially notable to get a picture of a two of the many tracks we don't know anything about right now.
On the intro, "Tuscan Leather":
"It’s a three-staged record – one [Whitney Houston] sample flipped three different ways, with a verse over each beat."
On the album in general, 40 also says it's a "huge change in tone,” and that Drake is “stepping up the attitude and playing hardball."
Drake says the standout track “Paris Morton Music II” is the clearest proof that he’s stepped up his game. “That track excites me from a rap standpoint, just getting off bars and different flows,” he says. “I played it for J. Cole, on some rap buddy-buddy shit, and he was like, ‘Damn!’”
So, there you have it folks. More intrigue for #NWTS as we are less than a month away from hearing the music for ourselves.
Will the explanation help quell the #NWTS album cover jokes? Probably not. But it does help.
Drake talks to MTV about the concept behind the artwork above and transcribed below:
"It’s a child version of myself starring at myself now. When I try to think back through this journey, it’s so hard to pinpoint all these moments and it gets foggy. Even on past albums when I been trying to tell this story, I’ve got there, but maybe not got there all the way. What that album art is to me is that this is my most clear, concise thoughts from now and my best recollection of then."
I dig that concept, I really do. But I think it's that background that lessens the effect of it for me. A simple black backdrop would have done the idea more justice I think. Regardless, the music drops September 24th and I think that's what everyone is more concerned about.
Also, I just saw this, but Milwaukee Bucks Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings was leading the #NWTS army at the VMAs the other night. Peep:
Sgt. Brandon Jennings and his troop reporting for duty.
08.14.13: Here's the first glimpse at what to expect for the full album — JT's The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2) out September 30th. You'll notice it devoid of any features but that's because they have not been revealed yet. Earlier this month, Jay Z confirmed he'll be on the album so we definitely still have more information to be seen. Until then... 11 tracks, with some intriguing song titles. The pre-order is available on iTunes so the tracks and September 30th date look official.
UPDATE: The features are revealed for The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2) with Drake & Jay Z the only two to accompany JT's vocals on the upcoming album. "Cabaret" features Drake and "Murder" features Jay Z. Definitely lookin' forward to these two, and the album as a whole.