Today's Drake post is a clip from a new interview with MTV where he addresses the Big Tymers reunion and his involvement in it. Birdman initially announced that he would be teaming up with Drizzy and Lil Wayne a couple of months ago, but now it looks like he did so without letting Drake know ahead of time. Ha! Drake caught some unnecessary heat for it and it wasn't until recently that Mannie Fresh jumped on board the reunion. Here's Drake's comments above and below.
"I didn’t get the phone call about that. But I’m sure I’ll be involved. I would’ve loved to bring the Big Tymers out [at OVO Fest], that would’ve been crazy. But maybe we’ll save that for next year. Mannie Fresh is an incredible guy and of course Birdman is one of a kind. I think I heard about it or watched some of it, and then I got people being like, ‘You’ll never be a Big Tymer, your sh– is terrible — just going off on me."
Can you feel the wave of consistent Drake posts everyday for the next month? Here's today's second as Drizzy covers the 150th issue of the illustrious XXL Magazine with the powerful sub-headline: Watch The Throne. I'm feelin' the buzz that Drake is going to take that leap into elite superstar status (if he's not there already, depending on your definition) with this upcoming album, Nothing Was The Same. Here's a snippet of his perspective, as part of the cover story that will also find his thoughts on Amanda Bynes, his competition, image, and more.
I remember coming into this year thinking, “How am I going to cut through all these people and shine?” I’ve never been part of a year when so many legends are dropping projects. How am I going to be seen? I’m going to be like the kid waving in the background in the photo with all of his tall relatives. And, I guess, those were my initial thoughts, and not to say that I haven’t enjoyed some of the stuff that has come out this year, but it didn’t pan out the way I thought it was going to. I think I am going for it, to really establish what are murmurs or things being said quietly, “Um, I think that Drake might actually…” On September 17th I want people to be like, “Oh, we were right.”
The way things are looking Aubrey, I can safely answer that question. You'll be seen in very high regard.
For the former, he details the record with MTV. (A wedding song, eh? Hmmm *nods*)
It’s me and 40 just channeling our Quincy Jones/Michael Jackson production duo. Obviously no offense to the greats, I know we’re not anywhere near that — it’s just us kinda doing our thing, humbly attempting.”
It’s not a rap record. It’s not ‘Versace,’ it’s not ‘Started From the Bottom‘. In approaching this album I was like man, it would be great if we had a record that was played at weddings in 10 years or that people that are away from their families in the army could listen to. Something that just [has] timeless writing, timeless melody. So I did it with the group that we signed to OVO called Majid Jordan.
Majid is singing on the record with me and Jordan is his production partner. It’s a great record. I’m nervous and excited and all these things about it. I’ve never really put out a record like this before, so we’ll see how it goes.
And for the latter, Drake reveals to Revolt TV that he and Kanye hadn't talked until... well, Kanye was on stage. Isn't that crazy to think about? The co-sign in T. Dot means a lot to Drake, which was real cool to see from Drizzy in the interview (see: the quote below). I, like the rest of humanity, would be geeked if Drake & 'Ye started communicating more from here (namely in the studio with the record button on).
"Me and Kanye, we didn't even talk before we got on stage together... That was my first time seeing him, when he got on stage."
"Probably the most important moment in my life to date. Because at the end of the day, I do look up to 'Ye. He's a major influence if not the biggest influence in my career."
Before bringing out TLC to perform, Drake gave his rendition of one of the group's lesser known songs off Fanmail, "I Get Lonely Too." Although Drake's performance of the song only lasts a minute and a half, the YMCMB artist doesn't disappoint. This will definitely go down as one of my all-time favorite TLC covers.
The continued performance of the song by TLC at the end of the video is an added bonus.
Yep, Drake dropped a new single this morning. Because being the talk of the music world with his OVO Fest and numerous artist friends making appearances (like Kanye West) wasn't enough. Hey, no complaints here. I like the smooth new single that should be all over your radios as we head into Nothing Was The Same next month. See our own Jodeci's thoughts and weigh in with your own here.
So as you know Drake and friends such as Kanye West, Diddy, Miguel, Mase, and TLC just to name a few shut down the OVO Fest last night if you haven’t heard. Any who I read two days ago that Drake was planning to drop his second single from his new album, Nothing Was The Same, which is due in stores September 17th and what do you know its here! “Hold On, We’re Going” home is his female carted single from the album featuring new artist Majid Jordan (who is also from Toronto and co-produced the song) with OVO Sound producer Nineteem85. This is a really cute song, and yes I used the word cute guys. I’m not worried about Drakes album not being nothing short of great. Could Drake give Jay Z a run for his money for the best hip-hop album released this year? Maybe who knows, but Magna Carta… Holy Grail is the album to beat for so many reasons I shouldn't have to name!
Some guy named Kanye West on stage with some guy named Drake
The hip hop capital for tonight is north of the border in Toronto, Canada as Drake brought out an all-star list of artists for the first night of his annual hometown show. Among them: Kanye West, his G.O.O.D. Music brother Big Sean, The Weeknd (they hugged it out during "Crew Love" below), Miguel, A$AP Rocky, TLC, Lil Wayne, Diddy, Ma$e, J. Cole, French Montana, and Wale, with James Blake as the opening act. Remind me I got to fly out to Toronto for next year.
Nothing can truly encapsulate what I'd imagine the environment was like tonight, but here's a glimpse at that with a few #InstaVideos below (oh, technology.)
Kanye West "New Slaves" via Virgil Abloh (whoa @ Ye's energy)
For those of us hoping for an R.Kelly-esque story (see: below) from Aziz Ansari about working in the studio with Drake for his new song "All Me", it looks like we'll be disappointed. Same time though, this tweet of how it came together not only sums it up completely, but is also pretty hilarious. Ha!
What better way to put the finishing touches on Nothing Was The Same with a collaborative effort that may just (probably not) provide more intrigue than Jay Z and The Weeknd. That's right, the Stanley Cup.
Drake spit some raps with hockey's highest trophy alongside him for championship aspiration purposes that he hopes to attain in the musical world with the upcoming album. You may be wondering how he was even with the Stanley Cup, so here's how we can connect the dots. It's rather simple in fact. In the caption, Drake added "#Bolland63" referring to Chicago Blackhawk and Game 6 hero Dave Bolland, who has since been traded this summer to Drake's hometown of Toronto to play for the Maple Leafs next season. Whew! Drake & Bolland hanging out, huh? Nice.
And oh, he kinda sorta dropped a new single with 2 Chainz and Big Sean that is still trending on Twitter more than 24 hours after its release. If you have not yet heard (AND NOT YET KNOW THE WORDS TO THE HOOK!), then do yourself a favor and click below.