The Canadian Hip-Hop superstar Drake warned us that nothing would be the same after the release of his latest LP Nothing Was the Same.. He might be right. The Hip-Hop mogul's new release sold an astounding 658,000 copies in its first full week of release. That's quite impressive especially considering that the album leaked over a week before it was officially released. This gives Drake not only the highest first week sales of his career, but the highest first week sales for any Hip-Hop album released in 2013 thus far. The only artist that might come close to topping Drake is Eminem with his release of the Marshall Mathers LP II this November. Either way, theres not much we can tell Mr. OVO himself. Nothing was the same yall.
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.
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").
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.
Drake just revealed these two images on Instagram, presumably the covers to Nothing Was The Same (a deluxe version being the second one), which will now see release September 24th (as announced earlier today.) Look for updates to this post when there's confirmation on the artwork (Drake tweeted it is) and when some hilarious MEMEs of the covers drop too (wait for it... UPDATE: Complex is on the Twitter reaction and @itsthereal wins the album cover spoof, hah.)
Some Drake news to pass along today via RollingStone who is reporting confirmed collabs with Jay Z (this should be of no surprise who caught their much-talked about photo earlier this summer above), Lil Wayne (also no surprise there) and Hudson Mohawke. The latter has been buzzing with the big names lately, most notably with Kanye West on Yeezus.
Drake also reveals this tidbit about a song called "Highlight":
"[Highlight] hits you in the heart. It’s painful and beautiful at the same time.” - Drake
Nothing Was The Same is right around the corner on September 17th.
It's ok, remain sitting... the track isn't out.. yet..
More Nothing Was The Same news via Drake on Twitter tonight. He names his possible new favorite song — one that we can connect the dots as "Momentous Occasions" via pianist Chilly Gonzales (his retweets; hit his name to hear his stuff — real good), and also featuring Jhene Aiko, and produced by 40. Here's the tweet, and below, some comments on the collab from Aiko in a recent interview with Fuse.
UPDATE: Drake just tweeted "Momentous Occasions" is NOT the song title and that it is a terrible title. Oh!
"I am not going to say too much. Recording the song and working with him, period, was a momentous occasion. Because I think he is amazing, like a magical being for me, like a unicorn or something. He is somebody I like to listen to to get inspired and helps me write from an honest place. Recording that song was more of a personal experience because we sat with [Drake producer Noah] 40 [Shebib] and I got to help pick the beat, take it home and record to it. That was more of a collaboration than other tracks I’ve done."
- Jhene Aiko
And OH, Drake also fired off another tweet in the early hours this morning...
The king of sublims is at it again in a classic form of such: a subtweet. My first guess at the target is Bulls bench player Vladimir Radmanovic, but in the oft chance I'm wrong, perhaps he's talking about an artist who he's had tension with, and one who just talked on Drake & Kanye West "hopefully making good music together" — and that's Pusha T. It's pure speculation that I choose not to wrap myself up in beyond this paragraph. At the end of the day, I'm lookin' at the music. The artists involved in this upcoming song makes it one I'm excited for.