What has Drake been cooking up?
Drake is the king of building excitement.
The Toronto rapper surprised fans with the double-release of “God’s Plan” and “Diplomatic Immunity” back in January, and even though both have been on heavy rotation, we’re always ready for some new Drizzy.
While attending a hometown Raptors game, Drake revealed he’s working on his next project.
“I’m working on this new album for the city… By the looks of it, this win streak is over.”
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) March 10, 2018
Since he OFFICIALLY confirming more music is on the way, here are ten things we’d love to see happen on Drake’s new album
1. More production courtesy of Boi-1da
Boi-1da has had an incredible run, recently producing hits for stars like G-Eazy (“No Limit”), Lana Del Rey (“Summer Bummer”) and Nicki Minaj (“Regret In Your Tears”). His big break came from none other than Drake, with Boi-1da handling behind-the-board duties for the rapper’s breakout 2009 single “Best I Ever Had”.
He’s worked on every Drake album/mixtape since, putting his magical touch on hits like “Over”, “Headlines”, “Summer Sixteen” and current smash “God’s Plan”. Last year’s More Life only contained two Boi-1da collaborations: album opener/closer “Free Smoke” and “Do Not Disturb.” And while they are both strong points for the album, we are definitely ready for some more heat from this pairing. Make it happen.
2. A reunion with Young Money labelmates
Drake’s dominated the charts for the better part of nine years, and he couldn’t have done it without his crew.
After Lil Wayne discovered the budding rapper and signed him to Young Money Records, the countless collaborations between the head honcho and Drizzy Drake have been some of our favourite tracks to date.
The chemistry doesn’t stop there: Nicki Minaj experienced a similar trajectory at the same time as Drake, and the two have had one another’s backs ever since.
The trio came together once again on Minaj’s “No Frauds” last year, the first time they hopped on the same track since 2014. After having another taste of the Young Money militia joining forces, we’re dying to have these three MCs throw down bars together again.
3. Bars, bars, and more bars
Drake is both an incredible rapper and singer, flexing both skills with ease.
But it’s his recent assist on BlocBoy JB’s “Look Alive” track that has us begging for some grittier, rough-around-the-edges bars.
We’ve seen what he can do with a little fire in his belly–“Back to Back”, anyone?–and we have no doubts that an impassioned Drake will return once more.
4. Tapping into more worldly influences
One of the most impressive Drake traits is how he constantly keeps things fresh: with each new release, we get a taste of different cultures that is the melting pot of Toronto, and subsequently, the rapper’s crew.
From the clubs of UK dancehall for “One Dance” to remixing Nigerian rapper Wizkid’s “Ojuelegba”, Drake has always had his finger on the pulse with what’s popping off around the world. Here’s to hoping he’s found some new inspirations to mix into his versatile sound.
5. Showcasing new Toronto talent
From The Weeknd to PARTYNEXTDOOR, Drake has always shown love to budding Toronto talent. His inner circle of producers, like Boi-1da and Noah “40” Shebib, grew up in the Ontario capital.
Thanks to Drake, the spotlight is on the 6ix, and there’s an incredible music movement happening within the city’s borders. From rising rappers like Jazz Cartier and Nav, to R&B artists like Daniel Caesar and Jessie Reyez, and established musicians like Tory Lanez, there is such a wealth of talent to pull from. We know Drake has his ear to the ground when it comes to Canada’s concrete jungle, and can’t wait to see who he collabs with.
6. More lyrics To caption our Instagram posts
Nobody has been more in tune with how social media is used than Drake. From his instantly meme-able “Hotline Bling” video to lint rolling his pants while courtside at basketball games, his ability to capture attention is bar-none.
…And that is most apparent when he’s writing bars. From “call your ass an Uber, I got somewhere to be” to “Why you gotta fight with me at Cheesecake?”, he knows how to make bite-sized, compact bits of charm that will caption Instagram selfies, become Twitter bios, and soundtrack Snapchat clips.
If “I only love my bed, and my mom, girl I’m sorry” from “God’s Plan” is any indication, Drake has more than a few clever lines still up his sleeve.
7. Queen RiRi
Drake has collaborated with Rihanna four times, and two of those tracks have gone to #1. When these two get in the studio together, the chemistry can’t be contained. From the Canadian-Barbadian influences on “Work” to the perfect summer pop anthem “What’s My Name?”, Drake and Rihanna craft songs that stand the test of time.
Even when RiRi isn’t on a track, Drake is still prone to show her love: from “Don’t you see RiRi right next to me?” (“Hype”) to “catering is from Giorgio Baldi, Robyn’s favorite” (“Diplomatic Immunity”), he’s still got mad love. And the best way to show appreciation for one another’s abilities is to give us collab number five. And six. And seven.
8. Legendary features
He’s worked with artists like Stevie Wonder, Andre 3000, and hosted acts like Lauryn Hill, and Jay-Z at his annual OVO Fest in Toronto. On just one song, he was able to grab Kanye West, Eminem, AND Lil Wayne. So who’s next?
Drake has always worn his admiration for Sade on his sleeve and professed his dream to collaborate with the elusive singer one day. Maybe 2018 will be the year this finally happens.
9. An R&B classic
When Drake released “Hold On We’re Going Home” in 2013, Pitchfork wrote that “Drake expresses the kind of personal, ceremonial vows you hear at the altar rather than the after-party.” It proved to be a timeless record: something that could’ve come out 40 years ago, or 40 years into the future.
With spiritual successors like “Passionfruit” packing the same punch, we’re ready for Drake to wow us with another wedding anthem that both nephews and great aunts will be crooning along with.
10. That OVO Sound
The OVO machine has become a behemoth. With artists like Majid Jordan, Roy Woods and dvsn and producers such as Boi-1da, “40” and T-Minus, the label has proved unstoppable. The success and growth over the past few years could culminate to an album that truly celebrates every corner of this diverse cohort. Maybe it’s a posse cut with the entire roster like Bad Boy did in the ’90s. Perhaps a producer megamix?
Either way, we expect Drake to share his platform with some of his closest friends.
What are you hoping for on Drake’s new album? Let us know in the comments below or over on Twitter @umusic!