Drake Talks About Collab W/ Jay-Z
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It’s done. Drake’s collaboration with Jay-Z, “Light Up,” is finally finished. The Toronto lyricist had been hopeful all year that he and Hov could connect in the studio.
“Everybody is looking for this one joint with me and Jay, so that needs to happen,” Drake told MTV News back in June. “My goal at this point is to keep making that organic music. I don’t wanna feel pressure now that I have a single and music that’s hot.”
Drake recently sat down with MTV News in his Canadian hometown and explained how the song, produced by Tone Mason and co-produced by his October’s Very Own cohort Noah “40” Shebib, came to fruition.
The track will be included on the rapper’s forthcoming debut, Thank Me Later, tentatively slated for a March release.
“When I heard that beat, the drums that they had come up with, it was like, ‘Man, this is a moment,’ ” he said. ” ‘This sounds like where I’m at in my life.’ So, we took it and 40 did what he does to pieces of music that I see potential in — he took it to the next spot. Jay-Z’s on it. The song is phenomenal. It’s done now.”
The pair previously worked together on Jay-Z’s “Off That,” from Hov’s The Blueprint 3 project.
The Timbaland-produced track, however, only featured Drake on the hook instead of contributing a verse alongside Jay. This time, the two MCs both had their say on “Light Up.” Though upstart MC was able to recruit the Roc Nation head into the fold for his first album, in addition to expected collabos with Lil Wayne and Kanye West, Drake said he’s trying to downplay the guest list and focus on his humble beginnings.
“At the end of the day, one of the biggest things I’ve been toying with on Thank Me Later is that it’s kind of hard for me to come out and be like, ‘I’m still the underdog,’ ” Drake told Mixtape Daily recently.
“I can’t rap about the same things [as I did] on So Far Gone, so it’s just really trying to tell the greatest story that’s never been told, which is the story of a rapper’s come-up, and tell it without being corny or over-bragging or sounding like, ‘Feel sorry for me.’ It’s going to be a very interesting record because I’m really going to have to dig deep and tell stories that people can relate to. But it’s kind of hard, because my life is at a very different place now. “
Track is produced by Tone Mason and co-produced by 40, via MTV.
True story, Drake spit his whole verse to me and my boy last week in Toronto. He even did the beginning of Jay’s verse too. Insanity.
He said they each have 32 bars, sorta like him and Lil Wayne did on “Ransom,” and even though he wanted to do a “No Hook” with Jay, this one has a chorus because apparently it’s sick.
He explained that he’s rapping about where he [thinks he] is in his career and then Jay comes tells him where he is.
He seemed pretty confident that this should satisfy anyone who was let down by the whole shitstorm that came with “Off That.” Apparently the story behind that is that it was a reference track he made for Jay-Z & Timbaland, two established artists in the game, who can rap about trend setting or trend stopping. But then Jay insisted he do the chorus, instead of Timbo.
No snitching, but Drake also mentioned that he had done two other (and apparently better) songs for Blueprint 3 that didn’t make the cut. Apparently he had a verse at the end of Jay & Kanye’s “Hate,” (but his verse got scrapped on the final version) and that he did a song with Jay called “Sweep” or “Sweep Up” (we were drinking,) where Jay talks about Bey and his love for her. Both of these songs have yet to see the light of day. 40 you need to holler at me.
It was a great conversation. Hopefully I’ll be able to drop more little tidbits here and there, otherwise you can expect to see a nice interview before the album drops.
Sounds hot! I can’t wait for his album to drop. He has a lot to prove. What do y’all think?
P.s. Isn’t that the most flattering pic of them?