DJ Khaled, Drake, and Lil Baby channel Saturday Night Fever on “Staying Alive”

DJ Khaled, Drake, and Lil Baby channel Saturday Night Fever on “Staying Alive”
Khaled’s latest blockbuster single includes a nod to The Bee Gees.

By David Renshaw

August 05, 2022

DJ Khaled has dropped new song “Staying Alive,” a collaboration with Drake and Lil Baby, alongside a big budget video. Check that out above. “Staying Alive” will feature on Khaled’s upcoming album God Did, due August 26.

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Drake and Khaled have worked together multiple times, including on songs “Popstar,” “Greece,” and “To The Max,” plus “I’m On One” and “No New Friends.” Drake and Lil Baby have appeared together on tracks before, too, most notably on 2021 song “Wants and Needs” and the Certified Lover Boy track “Girls Want Girls.”

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The “Staying Alive” chorus features an interpolation of the Bee Gees song of the same name; as made famous in 1977 John Travolta movie Saturday Night Fever. The Gibb brothers of The Bee Gees’ are listed as lyricists in the credits.

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Drake and 21 Savage’s “Jimmy Cooks” debuts at No. 1

Drake and 21 Savage’s “Jimmy Cooks” debuts at No. 1
The Honestly, Nevermind song is Drake’s 11th chart-topping song on the Billboard Hot 100.

By Jordan Darville

June 27, 2022

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Honestly, Nevermind is one of the most ambitious records of Drake‘s career thanks to its embrace of house and regional club music, but it’s the album’s most rap-leaning cut that’s having the most chart success so far. “Jimmy Cooks” featuring 21 Savage debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, marking the 11th No. 1 hit for Drake on the chart.

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Despite the vocal detractors stateside, Honestly, Nevermind had a strong first week. Its singles “Sticky” and “Falling Back” debuted in the top 10 of the Hot 100 at No. 6 and No. 7, and the album itself sold 204,000 equivalent album units to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 (Certified Lover Boy sold 613,000 units in its first week, though unlike Honestly, Nevermind, the album had more than six hours of promo time.) This ranking makes Drake one of five musical acts with more than 10 full-lengths to go No. 1: The Beatles, Jay-Z, Bruce Springsteen, and Barbra Streisand.

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Drake wants you to cry in the club this summer

Drake wants you to cry in the club this summer

Honestly, Nevermind, Drake’s seventh studio album, is a full-length scouting report on dance music’s slow creep back into the mainstream.

By Brandon Callender

June 23, 2022

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Honestly, Nevermind feels designed to start up conversations. Who let Drake put the Jersey Club bed squeaks on his album? Did you hear Drake sample Rye Rye? Do you think Drake was making Shake Dhat TikToks in his mansion? The longer his career has gone on, the better Drake has gotten at making discourse surrounding him be about everything except the actual music. It’s the mark of a true pop star. The music video for “Hotline Bling” was instant meme fodder; “Way 2 Sexy” was beyond parody; the heart in his haircut from the Certified Lover Boy rollout? Come on. Everything Drake does is “the most Drake thing ever,” especially what he wants you to see.

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Judging by how Drake wants us to see Honestly, Nevermind, he’s eager for the music to be the focus of discussion. He actively manicures his legacy by telling you which projects are part of the Drake Canon: If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late is a “retail mixtape,” More Life is a “playlist.” These varying classifications allow him to shape his discography in his vision, and whatever he deems ‘lesser works’ are pushed to the margins. It’s notable, then, that Drake described Honestly, Nevermind as his “7th studio album” when it was announced six hours before its release. There are no semantic tricks here: Honestly, Nevermind is not a mixtape, playlist, or a podcast, but a pop artist’s most complete statement in the most classic and (to some) outdated formats. The label of “album” invites a heightened level of critical engagement with the music, noteworthy for a project which taps regional club music and house for new musical direction.

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Drake is a meticulous editor. He’s consistently found ways to package global sounds into familiar packages for stubborn listeners like a parent tricking their child into tasting an unfamiliar fruit. His feature on WizKid’s “Ojuelegba” remix in 2015 and Views’ “One Dance” seem anticipatory of Afropop’s rise to global dominance, and “Only You Freestyle” with Headie One is one of his loosest and most fun rap performances in recent memory. Drake’s role on this album, though, is closer to a master of vibes. In what makes for a full-circle moment, he allows South African house producer Black Coffee, the executive producer of Honestly, Nevermind who was sampled on More Life’s “Get It Together,” to guide him through fourteen airy tracks. Honestly, Nevermind is his “dance music” album—equally frustrating to dance heads, who think that Drake isn’t good at this style of music, and to diehard Drake fans, who were looking forward to just a normal Drake album. Its target audience exists somewhere in between, or not at all. It’s not meant to be a galaxy brain play; Honestly, Nevermind is maybe the most straightforward album he’s ever put out.

The album plays out like a DJ set complete with moody valleys and feverish temporary highs. After a brief saxophone solo on the intro, Drake immediately leaps into the album’s glitzy funk. It’s bold, and because of that, he tries to quickly establish trust by showing he’s familiar with a variety of styles and briskly runs through them. Surprisingly, there isn’t much rapping on here. For the majority of the album’s 53-minute runtime, Drake’s in pure disaffected talk-sing mode, crooning over clubby triplet kicks and chopped vocal samples. He’s long flirted with regional dance styles, like on the South Florida jook-inspired “To The Max,” which samples Newark club producer Jayhood’s “Heartbroken” remix via “Get ‘Em Right.” Now, he’s delivering a full-length summary of the Baltimore Club, Jersey Club, and Afro-house influences that were once just samples and brief detours on other albums.

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But as the album continues, it starts to sound more like Drake wants to cry in the club, not dance. The production takes on this energy, too, with plush, subdued melodies and gentle drums. “Flight’s Booked” and “Calling My Name,” for all their slickness, still manage to get hit with a desaturation filter. Although on the former it’s to Drake’s advantage, painting grey skies as he sings about a long-distance relationship that’s on the decline. Present throughout is a restless ennui that never lifts. Even when Drake tries to wipe the slate clean, he’s left falling back into an emotional pit.

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Honestly, Nevermind has clear intentions, but its success rate is questionable. There’s a scratch take-like quality to the earlier half of the album, particularly on “Falling Back” and “Texts Go Green,” that animate the songs; you can hear Drake feeling out the runs and melodies as he sings them. You get a brief glimpse at process from an artist who tries to maintain the appearance of graceful perfection that feels a little intrusive. “Massive” and its gorgeous MIDI piano stabs, which come in a few tracks later, are more in line with the practiced, well-oiled Drake Hit Machine that’s synonymous with breaking streaming records. It’s one of the few songs on here that truly feels transcendent.

Savvy forecasting and willingness to adopt new sounds are what sustains Drake. Look in a shadowy corner of any club and you’ll find an OVO scout discretely Shazaming tracks to feed him new information. Pop music at large has been trending dancier for the last couple of years —songs from Dua Lipa and The Weeknd reached near omnipresence, even during the pandemic— and club music-infused rap songs from Philly, New Jersey, and New York have pushed regional dance music onto younger generations via viral trends. This is what big artists like Drake do: identify movements with traction and magnify (or obscure) them with co-option and massive hits. Though in Drake’s case, Honestly, Nevermind sounds like he’s moving a few steps behind for once. His instincts aren’t far off at all, but there’s more to be desired than simply being on the money.

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Drake gets married again and again in his “Falling Back” video

Drake gets married again and again in his “Falling Back” video
The first Honestly, Nevermind video is here.

By David Renshaw

June 17, 2022

Drake has shared a video for Honestly, Nevermind song “Falling Back” in which he gets married to 23 different women. The video, which can be seen above, stars NBA player Tristan Thompson as Drake’s best man. There is also a “Free YSL” message, showing support to Young Thug and Gunna, who currently being held on racketeering charges.

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Honestly, Nevermind, Drake’ seventh solo studio album, was a surprise release on Thursday, announced mere hours before it landed on streaming services. The follow-up to 2021’s Certified Lover Boy comprises 14 tracks and boasts just one guest artist, 21 Savage, who appears on closing track “Jimmy Cooks.” Adding to the album’s mystique is its Apple Music bio, which appears to be a poem penned by Drake, dedicated to Virgil Abloh.

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Drake drops surprise album Honestly, Nevermind

Drake drops surprise album Honestly, Nevermind
He announced his seventh solo studio LP Thursday evening, six hours before its release.

By Raphael Helfand

June 17, 2022

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Drake has dropped his seventh solo studio album, Honestly, Nevermind. Its arrival comes just six hours after the Toronto rapper announced its release in a Thursday evening Instagram post. He took a similar though less extreme approach to the promotion of his last project, September 2021’s Certified Lover Boy, officially announcing it four days before it came out. This time, however, he decided to forego the press cycle entirely, keeping the news tight to his chest until nearly the last minute.

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The new LP comprises 14 tracks and has a hefty 52-minute run time. The record’s only listed featured artist is 21 Savage, who appears on closing track “Jimmy Cooks.” Adding to the album’s mystique is its Apple Music bio, which appears to be a poem penned by Drake, dedicated to Virgil Abloh.

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Certified Lover Boy was a blockbuster commercial success, beating out Ye’s Donda for the highest first-week sales of the year at the time. Since then, he’s released several cinematic music videos, played a massive Larry Hoover benefit concert with his one-time nemesis, and was revealed as a potential pick to join the DC Universe as Cyborg.

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Listen to Honestly, Nevermind and read its rhyming Apple Music description below.

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I let my humbleness turn to numbness at times letting time go by knowing I got the endurance to catch it another time

I work with every breath in my body cause it’s the work not air that makes me feel alive

That’s some real detrimental shit but that’s that shit my perfectionist mind doesn’t really mind because no one knows whats on my mind when I go to sleep at 9 & wake up at 5 – unless I say it in rhyme

I can’t remember the last time someone put they phone down, looked me in the eyes and asked my current insight on the times

But I remember every single time someone shined a light in my eyes

I purposely try to forget what went on between some ppl and I because I know I’m not a forgiving guy even when I try

My urge for revenge wins the game against my good guy inside every single fckn time

I got plans I can’t talk about with more than like 4 guys because the last time I shared em with someone on the outside…well that’s another story for another night

I was tryna get thru that statement to get to saying I’m not @ a time in my life where pats on the shoulder help get me by

I’ll take loyalty over an oh my & emoji fire

I know if it was a dark night where all the odds were against my side & my skill went to whoever took my life they’d done me off with a big smile & maybe evn post it for some likes

I know everyone that tells me they love me doesn’t love me all the time especially when im doing better than alright & they have to watch it from whatever point they at in their life

I got here being realistic

I didn’t get here being blind

I know whats what and especially what and who is by my side

Honestly…Nevermind.

DEDICATED TO OUR BROTHER V

—Drake

Make Drake Cyborg

Make Drake Cyborg
According to character designer Jared Krichevsky, DC Comics was looking at casting the rapper in a now-shelved TV series. There’s still time!

By Jordan Darville

May 02, 2022

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I am not a fan of comic book movies. Blade is where they begin and end for me, and no amount of telling me to watch Thor: Ragnarok will change that (“It’s actually funny with a big heart… if you watch four different, much worse movies so you can understand what’s happening!!”). My disinterest in these films means that I’m oblivious to the machinations of Marvel and DC, other than when something ridiculous happens and the internet goes berserk. See: the time-travelling gorilla from DC’s Legends of Tomorrow sent to assassinate Barack Obama when he was a university student.

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On Monday, it emerged that Drake had almost entered the creative universe shared by Batman, Wonder Woman, and the aforementioned treasonous space-time surfing primate. The Direct shared an Instagram post from Jared Krichevsky, character designer on superhero movies like The Wolverine and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, containing a mock-up of Drake as the character of DC’s Cyborg. The art was for TV series based around the character (played by Ray Fisher in the Justice League movies) that isn’t happening anymore, though Krichevsky says that DC “wanted to cast Drake at one point.” It’s a shame that didn’t happen because he looks like a half-Black male empowerment YouTuber half-machine who’s delivering a sermon in binary trying to convince me to divorce my white wife. Check it out below:

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Tragically, we’re left to wonder what went wrong. Despite their ubiquity, superhero franchises weren’t all slam dunks even before we entered the post-Morbius economy. So it’s not surprising that Drake, who hasn’t appeared in a movie since his Anchorman 2 cameo in 2012, wouldn’t necessarily have jumped at the opportunity to play a B-league superhero. It’s also possible that Drake saw all the forehead creases in the character design and simply got offended.

But like the comic book movie industrial complex, Drake could benefit from a few risks. His most recent album Certified Lover Boy was a smash, but it certainly wasn’t revelatory. To get his music interesting again, it could take a change of pace. Here’s my proposal: a limited six-episode comedic Cyborg series starring Drake written and directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street). What will the tone be? The Sprite commercial but more self-aware. And here’s the most important part: zero input from DC Comics, the studio, or anyone who has even heard of Zack Snyder. Doesn’t that sound better than making Wonder Woman movies until the earth won’t let us anymore? My DMs are open, DC.

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Gunna recruits Drake for “P Power”

Gunna recruits Drake for “P Power”
The Metro Boomin-produced track appears on an updated edition of DS4EVER.

By David Renshaw

January 14, 2022

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Gunna and Drake have joined forces on a new track. “P Power” is produced by Metro Boomin and appears on a newly expanded version of Gunna’s latest album DS4EVER, the original version of which was released last week. Stream the song below.

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DS4EVER is the fourth and final installment in Gunna’s Drip Season series and features collaborations with Young Thug, Future, 21 Savage, Lil Baby, and Chlöe Bailey among others. Gunna dropped a deluxe edition of the album earlier this week featuring four new songs plus a video for Young Thug and Future collab “Pushin P.”

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Drake, meanwhile, released his latest album Certified Lover Boy in 2021 and was last seen on stage with his one-time nemesis Kanye West in Los Angeles.

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Everything you missed at Kanye and Drake’s Free Larry Hoover concert

Everything you missed at Kanye and Drake’s Free Larry Hoover concert
The enemies-turned-friends took to the stage together in Los Angeles on Thursday.

By David Renshaw

December 10, 2021

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After putting their long-running beef aside, Kanye West and Drake took to the stage together on Thursday night for a joint headline performance aimed at helping to free Chicago gang leader Larry Hoover. The pair arrived on stage together for show TMZ reports had a budget north of $10M. They both performed solo sets, as well as joining forces on “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” and set closer “Forever.” Check out highlights below.

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Drake & Kanye West have finally walked out 🦉🐐 pic.twitter.com/TC7klhb5Ak

— STRAPPED! (@STRAPPEDEXTRAS8) December 10, 2021

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Larry Hoover is currently serving a 200-year sentence for murder and spends 23 hours a day in solitary confinement. The former leader of Chicago’s Gangster Disciples began his sentence in 1973 and would require a Presidential pardon to be released. Kanye West, now known as Ye, has taken it upon himself to raise awareness of Hoover’s plight and announced a benefit concert at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum last month. It is reported that the show will raise funds for organizations including Ex-Cons for Community and Social Change, plus Hustle 2.0, and the Uptown People’s Law Center.

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A multi-million dollar budget may mean the break even point is a way off but in addition to ticket sales the Hoover benefit had plenty of exclusive merch, all of which is still available via Amazon. Ye and co-organizer J Prince partnered with Jeff Bezos’ company to stream the show via Amazon Prime and Twitch.

Produced by Balenciaga, the merch includes $100 t-shirts, $200 hoodies and jeans emblazoned with “FREE LARRY HOOVER,” available for $400. Drake took to the stage in his own custom version of the hoodie.

Free the man dem. pic.twitter.com/nof0AeMKhR

— Word On Road (@WordOnRd) December 10, 2021

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The show itself began with an appearance from Ye’s Sunday Service Choir, who performed a cover of Adele’s “Easy On Me” and sang “Ultralight Beam” to welcome the headliners to the stage. Drake was clearly happy to be on stage with his fellow superstar, telling the audience: “When we were walking through the archway it felt surreal, to be on stage with one of my idols as he runs though his catalog.”

Ye, headlining his first traditional concert in five years, ran through his hits and delivered tracks from across hit albums including College Dropout and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. He ended his part of the show by covering Drake’s “Find Your Love.”

Drake dancing and singing along while Ye performed "All Falls Down" tonight. pic.twitter.com/RiieVdpFSp

— Ye Media (@KanyeMedia_) December 10, 2021

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"Drake x Ye"
Drake and Kanye West , YE, Perform "Can't tell me Nothing", at the FREE LARRY HOOVER Concert pic.twitter.com/fAjPzqQwzY

— UNCUT MEDIA (@uncutmedialive) December 10, 2021

Drake returned the favor, opening his set with Donda cut “24.” While Ye effectively played a greatest hits set, Drake leant on his 2021 album Certified Lover Boy with “No Friends in the Industry,” “Life is Good,” and “Way 2 Sexy” all getting an airing.

Kanye West – 24 (Drake Version) #FreeLarryHoover pic.twitter.com/IGsyrFw8Yf

— Kontrol (@KontrolMusic) December 10, 2021

With the bad blood between them firmly in the past (for now) Ye and Drake ended the benefit with a rendition of “Forever.”

“Free Larry Hoover Benefit Concert” setlist:

Choir:

“O Fortuna”
“Ready or Not” (Fugees)
“Easy on Me” (Adele)
“Back to Life” (Soul 2 Soul)
“Ultralight Beam”

Ye:

“Jesus Walks”
“All Falls Down”
“Gold Digger”
“Touch the Sky”
“Stronger”
“All of the Lights”
“Black Skinhead”
“All Day”
“Mercy”
“Good Life”
“Flashing Lights”
“Say You Will”
“I Wonder”
“Find Your Love” (Drake)
“Runaway”

Ye & Drake:

“Can’t Tell Me Nothing”

Drake:

“24” (Kanye West)
“Wants and Needs”
“No Friends in the Industry”
“What’s Next”
“Life is Good”
“IMY2”
“Laugh Now Cry Later”
“Girls Want Girls”
“In the Bible”
“Way 2 Sexy”
“Knife Talk”
“God’s Plan”

Ye:

“Hurricane”
“Father Stretch My Hands Pt 1” (ft. choir)
“Niggas in Paris”
“Bound 2”
“Come to Life”

Ye & Drake:

“Forever”

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Watch WizKid and Tems perform “Essence” on The Tonight Show

Watch WizKid and Tems perform “Essence” on The Tonight Show
The Nigerian artists performed the summer smash for Jimmy Fallon.

By David Renshaw

December 08, 2021

WizKid and Tems brought their summer smash “Essence” to late night on Tuesday. The Nigerian afropop artists stopped by The Tonight Show to perform their Grammy-nominated track. Check out the performance above.

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“Essence” first appeard on WizKid’s 2020 album Made In Lagos and gained popularity throughout this year, resulting in Justin Bieber jumping on a remix in August. Tems, meanwhile, released new EP If Orange Was a Place in September and appeared on Drake’s latest album, Certified Lover Boy.

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Report: Drake has withdrawn his 2022 Grammy nominations

Report: Drake has withdrawn his 2022 Grammy nominations
Certified Lover Boy was nominated for Best Rap Album and “Way 2 Sexy” featuring Future and Young Thug recieved a nod in the Best Rap Performance category.

By Jordan Darville

December 06, 2021

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Drake has withdrawn both of his nominations from the 2022 Grammys, according to a Variety report. The rapper was nominated in the Best Rap Album category for Certified Lover Boy and in Best Rap Performance for “Way 2 Sexy” featuring Future and Young Thug. The FADER has reached out to Drake’s representative for comment.

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No reason was revealed publically for the decision, though it comes after Drake spoke out against The Weeknd’s lack of nominations at next year’s ceremony. He wrote on an Instagram story: “I think we should stop allowing ourselves to be shocked every year by the disconnect between impactful music and these awards and just accept that what once was the highest form of recognition may no longer matter to the artist that exist now and the ones that come after. It’s like a relative you keep expecting to fix up but they just won’t change their ways.

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“The other day I said @theweeknd was a lock for either album or song of the year along with countless other reasonable assumptions and it just never goes that way. This is a great time for somebody to start something new that we can build up overtime [sic] and pass on to the generations to come.”

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In 2017, Drake did not submit his project More Life for consideration in any category at the 2018 Grammys. In an interview with DJ Semtex, Drake discussed the win for his song “Hotline Bling” for Best Rap Song at the previous year’s ceremony. “I write pop songs for a reason,” he said. “Those are pop songs, but I never get credit for that.”

Drake and Kanye West seemingly end beef, pose for friendly picture

Drake and Kanye West seemingly end beef, pose for friendly picture
The pair have both shared social media footage of themselves hanging out together.

By David Renshaw

November 17, 2021

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It would appear that Drake and Kanye West have called a ceasefire in their ongoing war of words. West, or Ye as he is now legally known, shared a picture of himself with Drake and J Prince on Tuesday night. It was captioned with a dove of peace emoji. Drake, meanwhile, posted video clips of himself and Ye socialising and spending time with comedian Dave Chappelle.

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Ye appeared to make the first move toward a peaceful resolve when, last week, he reached out to Drake and invited him to appear at an upcoming Los Angeles concert designed to help free imprisoned gang leader Larry Hoover. “It’s time to put it to rest,” he said at the time.

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The conflict between the two rappers has its origins in a previous Drake beef with Pusha-T. In 2018 Drake claimed that it was Ye who leaked the information that he had fathered a child to Pusha-T, leading him to tell the world via “The Story of Adidon.” Ye takes clear shots at Drake on Donda track “The Life of the Party,” released officially this week as part of that album’s deluxe edition. He also claimed he would beat him in a VERZUZ battle during his now infamous Drink Champs episode. For his part, Drake has aimed lyrics at Ye on Certified Lover Boy song “7am on Bridle Path” and Trippie Redd collaboration “Betrayal.”

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Listen to two new Travis Scott songs

Listen to two new Travis Scott songs
Check out “Escape Plan” and “Mafia” now.

By David Renshaw

November 05, 2021

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Travis Scott has dropped his first solo material of the year. Listen to “Escape Plan” and “Mafia” below.

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“Escape Plan” and “Mafia” are Scott’s first new tracks since he dropped No.1 hit “Franchise,” featuring M.I.A. and Young Thug, in 2020. The songs appear ahead of Scott’s annual Astroworld festival, taking place this weekend (November 5-6) in Houston, Texas.

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Scott released his third studio album Astroworld in 2018 but has remained active with a number of collaborations and guest features. He joined Baby Keem on “Durag Activity” and jumped on a remix of Erica Banks’ viral track “Buss It.” He has also contributed to tracks on albums including Kanye West’s Donda, Drake’s Certified Lover Boy and Young Thug’s Punk. He also revealed that he has signed a movie deal with A24, the team behind Midsommar and Uncut Gems.

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Drake’s “Knife Talk” video is a belated Halloween treat

Drake’s “Knife Talk” video is a belated Halloween treat
The Certified Lover Boy single features 21 Savage and Project Pat.

By David Renshaw

November 05, 2021

Drake has shared a black and white video “Knife Talk,” the Certified Lover Boy song featuring 21 Savage and Project Pat. The video, directed by Pablo Rochat, riffs on horror movie tropes and includes footage of zombies and creepy dolls alongside clips of the three rappers wielding large kitchen knives. Check it out above.

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Certified Lover Boy dropped in September and immediately hit No.1 on the Billboard 200, earning the biggest first week sales of 2021 and replacing Kanye West’s Donda in the process. The album includes the single “Way 2 Sexy” and comes with the instantly-memed artwork full of pregnant emoji women.

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NBA YoungBoy & Drake Goes Head-To-Head To Top Billboard 200 Chart

NBA YoungBoy is going head to head with Drake for the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 next week.

Ever since the release of Drake‘s highly anticipated sixth studio album Certified Lover Boy in early September, the rapper has dominated US Billboard charts. Remaining steadfast in the coveted top spot on the Billboard 200, CLB is about to have its toughest competition week, yet the next time, the chart is updated. YoungBoy Never Broke Again released his album Sincerely, Kentrell, and it’s in the running to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Drake’s Certified Lover Boy previously dethroned Kanye West’s No. 1 album Donda in its second week on the chart and has maintained its debut spot since. According to data sources, CLB is projected to sell 132K copies in its upcoming fourth week. Meanwhile, NBA YoungBoy‘s Sincerely, Kentrell is on track to move 131K units in its opening week.

The minuscule disparity in units sold makes the No. 1 slot in the impending frame either rapper’s throne for the taking. Sincerely, Kentrell was released on September 24, devoid of any features, which is a surprising move for any artist considering the current landscape of the music industry. If anything, it does make the rapper’s feat that more impressive, considering he is competing without the help of collaborators.

Contrastingly, Drake’s Certified Lover Boy features a host of guest stars, including Giveon, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Future, Lil Baby, Travis Scott, 21 Savage, Young Thug, Lil Durk, and more. All 21 tracks from the album debuted in the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, nine of which were top 10 hits. Drake became only the second male artist in history to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and Billboard 100 chart simultaneously.

NBA YoungBoy has had an excellent track record himself when it comes to album premieres on the Billboard chart. The Baton Rouge rapper had three No. 1 albums in less than a year between 2019 and 2020. Known as the “King of YouTube,” YoungBoy has a dedicated legion of fans that have been instrumental in his success thanks to their allegiance.

With both Drake and NBA YoungBoy having a rich history of No. 1 albums in their discography, it’s fitting that they are contenders for the next No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200. Who do you think will come out on top?

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Drake Ignores Diddy And Gifted Future A 1 Of 1 Richard Mille Watch

Drake pretty much ignored Diddy’s warning about Richard Mille watches and gifted his pal and frequent collaborator, Future, a super rare timepiece.

Drake seems to be becoming quite the Lover Boy after the successes of his recently released album, Certified Lover Boy. The album is currently still topping the Billboard 200 chart and showing no signs of slowing down.

In lieu of his current successes, Drake recently gifted Future a well-coveted Richard Mille watch. The artiste then took to Instagram to flaunt his new jewelry on September 27th, with the caption, “Appreciate it @champagnepapi Demon time 1 of 1 joint.”

Future has been a frequent collaborator in many of Drake’s musical projects, and Certified Lover Boy is no exception with his addition on ‘N 2 Deep’ and ‘Way 2 Sexy’. Fans are not surprised that Drake has given the rapper such an expensive gift, especially after he collaborated with Future on the song, ‘Way 2 Sexy,’ placed #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, but it does raise a few issues.

Diddy took to Instagram a few weeks ago to warn about the cost of Richard Mille watches, which normally run from $200k to $3 million. He spoke out against purchasing Richard Millie timepieces, instead advising that their money should be saved and used to purchase real estate. The hip-hop mogul also called the watches ugly.

“It’s not hot. I have like two or three. I never pull ’em out… they ugly. I don’t even wanna hate. I don’t even know Richard Mille. But, f**k, I’m on some Black shit. Black man, save your money and go buy a house.” argued Diddy in his video.

After Future’s proud video, the fact that this warning was not heeded may come as a slap to Diddy and his followers, but many of his fellow musicians and wealthy celebrities are siding with Richard Mille on this one. It even appears that Drake has followed Jay-Z’s lead in reaffirming their position with the brand and boldly displaying their watches. On a day out in New York City, Jay Z wore his watch soon after Diddy’s rant had been posted.

Many celebrities still proudly tote the brand in their daily fashion, and despite the well-meaning message from the rapper, it seems that this trend is here to stay.

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Drake’s Certified Lover Boy debuts at No.1 with best first-week sales of 2021

Drake’s Certified Lover Boy debuts at No.1 with best first-week sales of 2021
The album moved 613,000 units in seven days, nearly twice that of Kanye West’s Donda

By Jordan Darville

September 13, 2021

Drake. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images.

 

Drake’s sixth studio album Certified Lover Boy has secured the best first week sales of 2021 with 613,000 units sold, Billboard reports.

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Drake’s sixth studio album Certified Lover Boy has secured the best first week sales of 2021 with 613,000 units sold, Billboard reports. It’s Drake’s 10th No. 1 album and the biggest album debut since Taylor Swift’s folklore bowed with 846,000 units in August 2020.

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The debut of Certified Lover Boy bumped the previous No. 1 album, Donda by Kanye West, down one spot to No. 2. Donda moved 309,000 equivalent album units in its first week, at that point the biggest debut of 2021. While it appears that Drake nearly doubled Donda‘s debut, it’s worth pointing out that Kanye West released his album on a Sunday, giving it fewer eligible days for its first-week sales.

Still, the launch of Certified Lover Boy will likely do nothing to calm the feud between Drake and Kanye West. The two rappers began bickering in public after Drake’s verse on Trippie Redd’s “Betrayal” contained shots at West and Pusha-T. West responded with Instagram posts that promised to end Drake’s career and published his home address in Toronto. Later, Drake leaked a Kanye West song called “Life of the Party” featuring Andre 3000 in which Kanye directly addressed the beef — 3000 would later distance himself from the conflict and the song’s release.

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Future & Drake Performed ‘Way 2 Sexy’ & ‘Life Is Good’ At Wireless Festival

Future performed at the Wireless Festival at Crystal Palace Park in London and shocked fans when he called out collaborator Drake to hit the stage with him.

It’s probably not that much of a surprise that Drake was in London, having posted on his Instagram stories recently that a large entourage had arrived to pick up him and members of his team from their private jet.

Fans were surprised, however, to see the Certified Lover Boy artist up close personal as the stage allowed as he and Future performed a number of their bangers, including their recent “Way 2 Sexy” and the double platinum-certified “Life is Good.”

A projector behind Future read “Hey Wireless, The Boy is home,” prior to Drake coming out on stage. It’s Drake’s first time in front of an audience this size since the pandemic began a year ago and since the rapper reportedly had Covid and also suffering a leg injury causing his CLB album to be delayed.

Friday night was also the first time Drake and Future performed the hilarious “Way 2 Sexy,” which is one of the songs ‘Certified Lover Boy’ getting heavy rotations on streaming platforms.

Future brings Drake out at Wireless Festival 2021! pic.twitter.com/aXuYvFK7BP

— CGuk (@CreativeGenUK) September 10, 2021

Meanwhile, Drake also blessed fans with a performance of his own, “Laugh Now, Cry Later.” The OVO artist has been basking in the success of his latest album, which is set to surpass first sales record bigger than any other artist, even Kanye West’s Donda.

Future and Drake have been close friends for years and often collaborated on each other’s albums. In 2015 the two collaborated on a joint mixtape, What A Time To Be Alive, comprising of 11 songs including “Big Rings” and “Digital Dash.” The project has since been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Future brings out Drake at #WirelessFestival in London and they perform Way 2 SEXY. pic.twitter.com/3XBPerlZiB

— Word On Road (@WordOnRd) September 10, 2021

Drake and Tim Westwood backstage at Wireless Festival in London. pic.twitter.com/OwvPkNiwxs

— Word On Road (@WordOnRd) September 10, 2021

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Drake’s “Certified Lover Boy” Is The Best Selling Album Of 2021, First Week Sales Revealed

Drake now has the biggest album of the year in terms of sales.

Drizzy has once again proven to the critics that he’s at the top of his game. He can now add another record to his trophy room, even though this one could still be broken. It’s been confirmed that his latest album, Certified Lover Boy, has raked in the biggest first-week opening for an album for the year.

At least 604,000 equivalent album units have moved for Certified Lover Boy in the last seven days. He’s even beaten out rival Kanye West, whose DONDA previously had the largest first week this year. Drake’s CLB has almost doubled Kanye’s tally as DONDA’s first week sales were registered at 309,000 copies.

Even though Drake is enjoying success, DONDA is still moving numbers and has sold over 146,000 album units in its second week out. It’s now at the #2 position on the charts.

Drake, on the other hand, also had 700 million first-week streams on CLB. A sign that his fans are more than happy to have him back. That 700 million is the most that he’s gotten since his 2018 release, Scorpion.

Scorpion did a bit better moving 731,000 units in its first week of release. The “God’s Plan” rapper has also maintained his stellar sales record as none of his albums have ever sold below 400,000 first week.

CLB is a little bit of a drop-off compared to the albums earlier in his career, like Views back in 2016, which sold over a million in its first week out. The album was predicted to do better than Kanye’s earlier this week when in just three days, CLB got 430 million on-demand audio streams in the United States.

Those three-day sales represented a better showing than DONDA’s first eight days of sale, which was recorded at just under 423 million streams.

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Anthony Fantano Is Not Impressed By Drake’s “CLB” Despite Chart Success

Anthony Fantano is not impressed by CLB and he’s not holding back in a review that left fans with mixed feelings. Drake’s latest album has been touted in competition against Kanye West’s Donda.

However, it seems that the music reviewer who critically assessed Donda at a 7/10 rating does not feel Drake’s Certified Lover Boy giving it a 3/10 score. Both albums have been pitted against each other by fans and even the artists themselves in a supposed beef which has been suspected to be all part of a large marketing scheme to sell music by Kanye West and Drake.

However, the first thing fans have done since the albums dropped was compare them side by side. It appears though that Drake’s album is the least favourite of the two or atleast that’s the case for Fantano who released his review days after CLB’s drop.

Fantano started his review by calling the album a “Certified snoozer.”

While he rated the overall album at a 3/10, he does agree that a few tracks like “Fair Trade,” “Yebba’s Heartbreak,” and “You Only Live Twice,” are good but he completely trashes the Future and Young Thug-feature “Way 2 Sexy.”

Fantano says the  album lacked creativity.

“Once again, I’ll sum this up by saying this is just a very uninspired record from Drake,” he says in the final moments of his review. “Not a whole lot going on here creatively. A few decent tracks here and there but nothing coming together into a great project here.”

Of course fans were divided on the music reviewer’s words with some agreeing with him and others disagreeing. Some however noted that the latest review of CLB cements the dominance of Donda over Certified Lover Boy.

Anthony Fantano said his least favorite song on CLB is Way 2 Sexy, which makes sense considering his egg head ass is one of the ugliest and least sexy MFs I've ever had the discomfort of seeing in my entire life

— Rogan is Ariana Grande's intern ?? (@stream_blonde) September 7, 2021

Los is getting owned while trying to defend CLB by Fantano? pic.twitter.com/fwDTNsmnbI

— Deku (@Jonah8981) September 7, 2021

Thoughts on Fantano’s CLB rating? pic.twitter.com/edzmPnn44h

— Zak – ????? ???? (@TheRealZiko) September 7, 2021

anthony fantano being on the verge of falling asleep while listening to clb is so funny to me idk why pic.twitter.com/djgnf9xMDd

— pngmafia (@zaydotpng) September 4, 2021

LMAOOO fantano gave CLB a 3 AHAHAHH OBVIOUSLY it was so mid but melon thought its way lower than mid lmao

— Timothy smarty (@timrodad) September 7, 2021

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Kanye West Confirms “Hurricane” As First ‘Donda’ Single

Kanye West and his team reveals the first official single off Donda.

It has been a week since the release of Kanye West’s latest project, Donda, although it feels like much longer considering the elaborate and drawn-out way in which the album finally made its way onto streaming services. Going against tradition once again, Yeezy waited until after the album’s release to announce its first single. According to Hip-Hop-N-More, “Hurricane” ft. Lil Baby and The Weeknd will make its way into radio rotation next week, on September 13th. It seems Kanye let the fans choose the project’s first single, considering that “Hurricane” is the most streamed track of Donda so far.

While “Hurricane” debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 100, the radio plays are anticipated to help increase the song’s popularity, possibly securing another No. 1 hit single for all three artists on the track. A total of 23 songs from Donda landed on the Billboard Hot 100, with two making their way into the top ten. Remarkably, only one other artist has charted at least 23 songs on the Top 100 in one week, and that artist is currently being talked about as Yeezy’s main competition—Drake.

Drizzy dropped Certified Lover Boy this week, beating Kanye’s first-day debut numbers but tapering off on his second day. This data is leading some to predict that Donda may ultimately earn more streams considering Kanye chose to weaken his debut by giving everyone a sneak peek through multiple listening parties over the course of three weeks.

While Kanye continues to wield the power of his unpredictability and eccentricities to stoke interest and vague hope among fans old and new, hip hop enthusiasts and critics alike seem to agree that CLB is the stronger of the two projects. Whichever album you prefer, there is no denying that some healthy rivalry is good for the creative process. Both Drake and Kanye have left immeasurable marks on the rap game, and both have loyal fanbases that will continue to stream everything they release for the rest of their careers.

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Drake’s “CLB” Eclipses Kanye West “Donda” Streams In 3 Days

Drake’s new album, Certified Lover Boy, has outperformed Kanye West’s, Donda, album in just three days after release.

It’s only been about a week, but it seems like Drake has notched ahead in the battle of the veterans against Kanye West. The two albums Certified Lover Boy by Drake and Donda by Kanye West have been the subject of fierce debate on social media as fans try to assess which album will come out on top.

The streaming numbers form a big part of the debates, with many saying that Drake may easily beat Kanye West in that regard because of his worldwide appeal. So far, they’ve been proven right. The latest figures indicate that between Friday and Sunday, CLB got 430 million on-demand audio streams in the United States, beating out Donda’s less than 423 million streams in its first eight days.

The stats are according to Rolling Stone’s metrics, which confirmed that it took Certified Lover Boy just three days to surpass Donda’s eight-day streaming totals. Even though the numbers so far crown Drake the winner of this war, Donda seems to be the more talked about the album on social media.

That’s mainly because of how well it is still performing, including some record-breakers. For example, two tracks from Donda, “Hurricane” and “Off The Grid,” both made their debut appearance on the Billboard Hot 100’s Top 10 this week.

Added to that, “Hurricane” has officially been chosen as the first single from the album. That decision may put Kanye in heavier rotation on the airwaves.

What will help Kanye’s cause as well is the fact that he seems to be trending for various reasons recently. This may push more people to take in his music. Most recently, it was revealed how he dismissed an engineer working on his album after he was late to a recording session.

According to a part of the conversation revealed by DJ Akademiks, Kanye is alleged to have told the engineer, “Stop texting. Go find God,” after he apologized.

What are your thoughts on the two trending albums at the moment?

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Pusha T Shares Tweets About Drake’s “Certified Lover Boy” Losing Steam

Kanye West’s henchman Pusha T continues to react to Drake’s new project in comparison to Ye’s

Pusha T recently liked a post on Twitter, which shared the streaming numbers for Drake‘s new studio album, Certified Lover Boy (CLB), in comparison with Kanye’s album Donda. CLB was released on September 3rd, while Donda was released on August 29th.

After CLB dropped, the first day garnered a multitude of streams, as eager fans rushed to Spotify. The second-day streams, on the other hand, could not catch up, and the numbers fell severely.

“I predicted this. I said drake’s day 1 is gonna be huge off the element surprise then its just gonna drop. donda everyone heard in full 3 weeks before it dropped, still did these numbers and is only growing in streams. crazy!” highlighted the post in question.

Accompanying the tweet was an image by XXL magazine, which shared the exclusive number of album streams on Spotify from both artists.

DONDA and Certified Lover Boy first and second-day album streams on Spotify:

Donda
First Day: 94.5M
Second day: 102.1M

Certified Lover Boy
First Day: 153.4M
Second Day: 89.9M”

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Supporters speculated that Pusha T was celebrating the fact that Ye’s numbers could at any time surpass Drizzy’s.

Fans have also predicted that “Donda” would be snatching the #1 spot next week since there is a high chance that Drake would achieve it this week.

Ye’s album has been topping charts all over, and fans have been loving the tracks on the album, hence the rise in album streams so far.

Pusha T and Drake have been going back and forth for years with their beef, so much so that even Kanye West got involved once. The disputes can be traced back to the early 2000s, where Pusha T dissed Lil Wayne in 2006 for stealing his style after appearing on a show in Bape Clothes.

He also released tracks that criticized Drizzy for his loyalty to Lil Wayne, and he later suggested that Drake used a ghostwriter to write his songs.

Lil Wayne is also not a King Push fan, so it made the sting of the criticism even fiercer. Drake, who was confused about the diss, told Pusha T, while doing an interview, to make it more direct next time, and that’s exactly what Pusha T did in his song, “Exodus 23:1.”

“You signed to one n*gga that signed to another n***a, that signed to 3 n***a, now that’s bad luck,” Pusha spit.

Drizzy fired back with his track, “Tuscan Leather.”

The “In My Feelings” singer also fired back to Pusha T with “Two Birds, One Stone,” which suggested that the rapper was living a fake life. Additionally, Pusha T revealed that Drake had a son, Adonis, in the track, “The story of Adidon.”

Through music, the rappers continued to express their dislike towards each other, over and over again.

Years of bad blood between them have seemingly not been put to an end following this recent occurrence.

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Andre 3000 Distance Self From Kanye West Diss Track Leaked By Drake

Andre 3000 released a statement addressing a Kanye West diss track aimed at Drake in which he is featured on.

Things intensified on Saturday after Drake released a diss track – “Life of the Party,” that was supposedly dropped from the final Donda cut featuring Andre 3000 and Kanye West, who waylaid into Drake.

Apparently, the song was played at a private Donda listening party in Las Vegas but never made the cut until Drake released a version of the track during his DJ mix on Sirius XM on Saturday morning.

According to Andre 3000, the original track he wrote was more focused on honoring the spirit of the Donda album as he felt closer to the concept of the project, which was to honor Kanye’s late mother.

“A few weeks ago Kanye reached out about me being a part of the Donda album. I was inspired by his idea to make a musical tribute to his mom. It felt appropriate to me to support the Donda concept by referencing my own mother, who passed away in 2013. We both share that loss. I thought it was a beautiful choice to make a clean album but, unfortunately, I didn’t know that was the plan before I wrote and recorded my verse. It was clear to me that an edited ‘clean’ format of the verse would not work without having the raw, original also available. So, sadly, I had to be omitted from the original album release,” he explained in a statement via Complex.

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However, Andre 3000 continued that he was disappointed in how the track was released and did not include a Kanye diss verse.

“The track I received and wrote to didn’t have the diss verse on it and we were hoping to make a more focused offering for the Donda album but I guess things happen like they are supposed to. It’s unfortunate that it was released in this way and two artists that I love are going back and forth. I wanted to be on Certified Lover Boy too.”

The rapper added that he didn’t want to be caught up with the beef between Ye and Drake and noted that “I just want to work with people that inspire me. Hopefully I can work with Kendrick on his album. I’d love to work with Lil’ Baby, Tyler and Jay-Z. I respect them all.”

Drake and Kanye have been locked in a tiff fans are calling manufactured beef as the rappers go head to head over the release of their respective albums days apart.

Both Kanye with his Donda and Drake with his Certified Lover Boy were delayed as the rappers appeared to play chess in releasing them.

Leading up to the album releases, both Kanye West and Drake threw shots at each other. Drake’s first shot was via a collab with Trippie Redd “Betrayal,” in which he called out Kanye.

“All these fools I’m beefin’ that I barely know / 45, 44 (burned out), let it go / Ye ain’t changin’ sh*t for me, it’s set in stone.”

Kanye West later responded on social media with a now-deleted post of a group message where he appeared to threaten to sic Pusha-T on Drake.

“I live for this. I’ve been fucked with by nerd ass jock n****as like you my whole life. You will never recover. I promise you.” He then added Pusha-T to the group chat, and later in a separate post, he shared Drake’s address.

Drake has been everything but mum on Kanye’s shots and responded via ‘Certified Lover Boy’ , which was released on September 3.

In the track- “7 a.m. on Bridle Path,” Drake told Kanye: “Give that address to your driver, make it your destination / Instead of just a post out of desperation.”

Kanye for sure responded, but the track was apparently not to be released as a diss track.

Andre 3000’s verse on the song had remained untouched by it seems that Kanye used the heavyweight rapper to win his lyrical beef with Drake.

In the song, he notes, “I put Virgil and Drake on the same text / And it wasn’t about the matching arc’teryx or Kid Cudi dress / Just told these grown men stop it with the funny sh*t.”

He continued, “told Drake don’t play with me on GD / And he sent that message to everybody / So if I hit you with a ‘WYD’ / You better hit me with, ‘Yes sir, I’m writing everything you need.’”

It’s unclear how Drake got a hold of the song, but Kanye is yet to respond.

Drake meanwhile threw one last shot writing on his Instagram account “Waste Removal,” presumably in reference to Kanye West.

YOOOOOOO KANYE VERSE ON @Sound42 talking about the group chat with drake and Virgil.!! pic.twitter.com/AnyT8p4mrn

— V?I?C?T?O?R? (@KidHunxho) September 4, 2021

Drake is working on a collaboration with Nike x ACG called ‘NOCTA’ dropping in December; hence why Kanye threatens to hire the whole team

— ????????. (@StrappedHH) September 4, 2021

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Nigerian Singer Tems Thanks Drake For “CLB” Feature “Fountains”

Nigerian singer Tems thanks Drake for featuring her on CLB.

Essence” singer, Nigerian singer Temilade Openiyi, widely known as Tems, nab a major feature on Drake’s new album, Certified Lover Boy. The album is dropped on Friday (September 3) after being teased for release from last year. The Canadian superstar has teased his album as one to watch as he posted several pregnant women memes and quotes from his mother on the cover of the album.

Drake announced the feature list of the album with billboards erected in the cities where the artists featured on the project are from. Among the announcements are billboard ads in Lagos, Nigeria, revealing that Tems would be on the guest list.

“Hey Nigeria Tems is on CLB,” the ad reads.

Tems appears on WizKid’s “Essence” singe off his album Made In Lagos. She’s also featured remix featuring Justin Bieber. The song peaked at No. 72 on Billboard Hot 100 and has been one of the hottest summer songs of the year.

Meanwhile, Tems reacted to the news of her appearance on the project, thanking Drake. “Mans said Nigerians must see TEMS in large font!!” she tweeted before adding, “CLB Babyyy!! @Drake Large Fonts you know hahaha So so grateful and honoured.”

She later thanked Drake in another tweet, saying, “So Crazyyyyy!! Thank you ?@Drake CLB OUT NOW.”

Tems is one of the hottest artists out of Nigeria’s vibrant music scene right now. The 26-year-old recently picked up a nomination for Best Breakthrough Act at this year’s MTV Africa Music Awards, set for Kampala, Uganda.

Drake’s Certified Lover Boy is now out on all streaming platforms and is already breaking records on Apple Music and Spotify.

CLB Babyyy!! @Drake ???
Large Fonts you know hahaha
So so grateful and honoured ??? pic.twitter.com/Jm41hvyPqh

— TEMS (@temsbaby) September 2, 2021

So Crazyyyyy!! Thank you ?@Drake? CLB OUT NOW!????? https://t.co/KyUE2mV10l

— TEMS (@temsbaby) September 3, 2021

Listen to Drake “Fountains” featuring Tems below.

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Dancehall Fans Reacts To Drake Leaving Popcaan Off ‘Certified Lover Boy’

Dancehall fans erupted late last night after Drake dropped Certified Lover Boy and there was no Popcaan coll on the project.

Drake not including Popcaan on his major projects is nothing new, but this one saw a star-studded guest list and considering that he erected Billboards announcing the feature list, but none was in Kingston. Certified Lover Boy, much to his mother’s and fans’ delight, was released on September 3rd and has made its way to being another noteworthy album that has been released in the summer of 2021.

However, many don’t feel full congratulations are in order and have spoken out on the bitterness that might be leaving a bad taste in the mouth of the Unruly Boss.

On Certified Lover Boy, Drake had hinted that he would collaborate with the Unruly Boss, but dancehall star was left off the album. The online correspondence between the two showed that all was well with even Popcaan telling the star to, “drop the b*mbocl***t album already” on August 19th in a video of himself singing Drake’s single, “The Language” on his Instagram Stories.

Drake had reshared the video on his Instagram Story stating, “Unruly family on the road again soon,” and yet it seems traffic has taken over. Alas, the more things change, the more things stay the same.

This is only but the second time that Drake has turned his back on a collaboration with Popcaan. Back in 2016, Popcaan was featured on a leaked version of Drake’s song, “Controlla,” on his album, Views. When the album was later released, Popcaan was nowhere to be seen.

One fan in 2016 commented, “drake take popcaan fi’ poppy show.”

Fans hold similar sentiments now as even though it seems Drake respects the star, these dual incidents reveal an ugly truth.

“Bwoy if some man nuh deh pon drake album this time, dem better give back ee range & do song wid Queenie,” said one fan, alluding to Popcaan’s incident with Queenie. Another fan said, in response, “Tho it’s jokes. I been a say Popcaan need fi leave OVO and sign with a bigger label.”

As fans thoroughly searched the album, they were disappointed yet again to see no sight of Popcaan’s feature debut. To that one, the user noted, “popcaan nuh get nuh clb feature? Damn smh.”

Popcaan, in 2019, was signed to OVO sound label. Drizzy took to Instagram to post himself and the star to commemorate their partnership, and thus many fans had high hopes that the two musicians would have made many star-studded collabs that knocked all their fans out of their seats, but the only moves that have been made are Drake’s features in the singles, “TWIST & TURN” and “ALL I NEED” on Popcaan’s mixtape, Fixtape.

Fans had even thought there was beef between the pair, but it was clarified when Popcaan tweeted a screenshot of his recent conversation with Drake with the caption, “Loyalty is priceless you can’t run a deposit for some!! Them pray fi the link mash up (laughing emojis) #ovo #unruly a the same thing.”

Nevertheless, Drizzy and Poppy remains close friends despite some chatters about some of the lines from the Toronto rapper on the album.

Drake: I’ve been losing friends and finding peace

Popcaan: pic.twitter.com/7G8z6Lxpyq

— The Tropixs (@Tropixsofficial) September 3, 2021

Popcaan must be OvO’s water boy

— Keri-Ann ? (@keriannamanda) September 3, 2021

not even a popcaan voice note fi add liccle razzle dazzle pic.twitter.com/pXPbsoEdmO

— BadBwoiCoolie (@FvckingCoolie) September 3, 2021

If Popcaan not on Drake’s Album we can just call him a Culture Vampire right .. or nah ? All this OVO Unruly thing woulda jus null and void at this point .. Because this would be about Album #5 Poppy is not on since he’s been “signed” to OVO ?

— Stamma & The New Coup (@THESTAMMA) September 2, 2021

None of OVO is on the album so idk why unuh making it a popcaan thing. Unuh entitled lol

— Skeng (@TheMorrisonView) September 3, 2021

Queenie was right ? drake hate popcaan

— Tavia? (@taviiimac) September 3, 2021

tbh me rather see Drake pon a Popcaan project than Popcaan on his ?????

— ???? (@kevv6ixx) September 3, 2021

So where is the billboard in Half Way Tree saying Popcaan is on the album ? https://t.co/lQiDc2Bi0Z

— Paige? (@TaleahPaige) September 2, 2021

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Stream Drake’s new album Certified Lover Boy

Stream Drake’s new album Certified Lover Boy
The rapper’s sixth studio album has arrived.

By Jordan Darville

September 03, 2021

Drake has finally released Certified Lover Boy, his sixth studio album. The project includes features from JAY-Z, Lil Wayne, Young Thug, Future, 21 Savage, Lil Baby, Lil Durk, Tems, Ty Dolla $ign, and Giveon; the appearances were announced on Wednesday with billboards bearing the artists’ names erected in their respective cities. The album’s cover art, designed by Damien Hirst, was unveiled on August 30.

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Drake first announced the new album in May 2020 with an Instagram post published alongside the release of the mixtape Dark Lane Demo Tapes, writing that the album would be out in summer 2020. Its first single, “Laugh Now Cry Later” featuring Lil Durk, came out in August 2020, with the album’s title revealed at the same time. Originally expected in January 2021, Certified Lover Boy was delayed after Drake suffered a leg injury, requiring surgery.

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In May, Drake shared the three-song EP Scary Hours II with features from Lil Baby and Rick Ross. He featured on the songs “Solid” by Young Thug and Gunna, “Seeing Green” by Nicki Minaj, “Having Our Way” by Migos, and on Brent Faiyaz’s “Wasting Time.” His verse on Trippie Redd’s “Betrayal” contained some disses aimed at rivals Kanye West and Pusha-T, and led to Kanye sharing Instagram posts which promised to end Drake’s career and revealed his home address in Toronto.

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Drake Reveals “CLB” Features: Jay-Z, Future, Lil Baby, Lil Durk, 21 Savage Maybe Nicki Minaj

Drake may have hinted that Jay-Z will be on his new album, and fans are going berserk.

The rollout for Drake’s impending album Certified Lover Boy has been slow and sweet. The highly anticipated sixth coming of the Canadian rap juggernaut in full-length form is long overdue after Drizzy started teasing the project more than a year ago. Considering all the global affairs that have thwarted various efforts to be great in that time, many artists got a pass for delaying their works. Now Drake is powering on full speed ahead, dropping hints about the project that will reportedly arrive this week.

In the CLB rollout, Drake and his team have taken clues to the streets with a series of billboards all across the US and Canada. The short messages have been hinting at the guest appearances to be expected on the album, including that of Lil Baby, Young Thug, Lil Durk, 21 Savage, Gideon, and more. Various cities have seen these hints pop up, according to the featured artist, who is a native. That being said, it was the billboard in New York that really got fans buzzing about Drake’s upcoming album. Instead of explicitly stating which New York rapper will be a guest star, the message reads, “Hey New York the GOAT is on CLB.”

Different fan bases understandably have varying viewpoints on who exactly is the “Greatest Of All Time,” which has been enough to spark a riveting conversation on social media. Many, of course, think Jay-Z is the surprise guest, but Barbz fans reminded that Mrs. Petty is also a New Yorker while Nas fans also made sure the iconic rapper’s name is in the mix too. It’s no secret that Drake and Nicki Minaj were in the studio together a few months ago, which leaves her fans with evidence to support their speculation. However, many are still questioning if Hov is the “GOAT” in question, considering not only his strong New York roots but also his status as a veteran rap mogul who is indeed widely considered the “Greatest Of All Time.”

In anticipation of Certified Lover Boy, Drake’s mom has also seemed to be dropping hints. The Toronto rapper shared a few poems written by Sandi Graham, alluding to the project that includes her reiterating a voice message she sent to her son quoting Michelle Obama. The same one that Drake ended up using at the end of his track “Can’t Have Everything” from his 2017 Spotify Playlist More Life. “We go high when they go low,” Sandi writes on the notecard. “Certified – it’s been quite a ride, I admire your relentless drive.”

With all the hot features already disclosed for CLB, fans are eager to get a taste of what the long-awaited album has to offer. Some are even trolling Kanye West, who is rumored to be beefing with Drake at the moment since he might not be the only one to premiere a brand new Hov collaboration this week. Who do you think is the “GOAT” of New York?

CLB features ? pic.twitter.com/UFV71TxuKa

— Word On Road (@WordOnRd) September 2, 2021

If drake went to college he would have aced his marketing class GENIUS
PS: GIVEON IS ON THE ALBUM !! https://t.co/fREKyijdpb

— Hamzah? (@OVOhamzad) September 2, 2021

drake really only got men on that album…..certified boy lover ?

— mario anders (@marioknowIes) September 2, 2021

Drake telling Nicki nobody does this shit better than her sounds like the GOAT to me?? pic.twitter.com/6eGMrApdNB

— Favv (@YaFav_003) September 2, 2021

Drake is either talking about nicki or jayz come on people lol

— No Freeman? (@morgnofreeman_) September 2, 2021

Drake knew wtf he was doing when he said “the GOAT” for New York instead of using names like the other announcements . Cause it could either be Nicki or Jay Z

— ??Certified Parfum_Papi?? (@iKev_sl) September 2, 2021

It said the goat for nyc I hope they talking abt Nicki ? drake & jayz not gon sound right together

— tay ? (@taayl0r___) September 2, 2021

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Here’s the hilarious cover art for Drake’s Certified Lover Boy

Here’s the hilarious cover art for Drake’s Certified Lover Boy
12 pregnant emojis will reportedly adorn the cover of Drake’s sixth LP.

By Jordan Darville

August 30, 2021

Drake. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

 

Drake‘s new album Certified Lover Boy is out this Friday, and today Rap Radar’s Elliott Wilson shared the project’s cover art. It consists of 12 pregnant lady emojis. Ridiculous, but also very Drake. See it below.

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Confirmed that’s the cover art. #CLB 9.3 pic.twitter.com/Y2L4BidP2X

— Elliott Wilson (@ElliottWilson) August 30, 2021

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Certified Lover Boy drops this Friday, September 3 after a nine-month delay caused in part by Drake’s leg injury. It’s out almost a week after the release of Donda, Kanye West’s tenth studio album, which dropped as Drake and Kanye reignited their feud.

Drake may have announced Certified Lover Boy’s release date on SportsCenter

Drake may have announced Certified Lover Boy’s release date on SportsCenter
His album could be out on September 3.

By Jordan Darville

August 27, 2021

Did Drake just announce Certified Lover Boy’s release date of next Friday on SportsCenter? 😳pic.twitter.com/nTq3s4OvpM

— XXL Magazine (@XXL) August 27, 2021

Drake. Photo by Chris Delmas / AFP) (Photo by CHRIS DELMAS/AFP via Getty Images.

 

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Drake may have revealed the release date for his new album Certified Lover Boy with a brief video teaser during ESPN’s SportsCenter. In the clip, spotted by Pitchfork, an unseen figure holds up a sign reading CLB September 3. A representative for Drake told Rolling Stone that the clip can be taken “at face value” without confirming that the album will actually be released next week.

Watch the clip below:

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Did Drake just announce Certified Lover Boy’s release date of next Friday on SportsCenter? 😳pic.twitter.com/nTq3s4OvpM

— XXL Magazine (@XXL) August 27, 2021

Certified Lover Boy was first announced in August 2020 along with the release of the video for “Laugh Now, Cry Later” featuring Lil Durk. It was initially planned for release in January 2021, but was delayed after Drake suffered a leg injury. Instead, Drake shared the three-track EP Scary Hours II.

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More recently, Drake has stuck with features. He’s appeared on Brent Faiyaz’s “Wasting Time,” Nicki Minaj’s “Seeing Green,” “Betrayal” by Trippie Redd, and “Over the Top” from Toronto rapper Smiley.

J. Cole Reveals “The Off-Season” Release Date & Album Cover Art

J. Cole is in The Off-Season mode.

The highly anticipated album will be released on May 14th, according to the latest announcement from the Dreamville rapper. J. Cole has been teasing the album The Off Season for the past few weeks, but this is the most conclusive message we have to date that the project is finally coming. He highlighted his long absence, saying that the album has been years in the works.

“Just know this was years in the making,” Cole tweeted on Tuesday (May 4th) while sharing the cover art of himself standing beside a burning basketball hoop. “My new album The Off-Season available everywhere 5/14.”

Fans are already trying to decode the burning hoop. Last week Friday (April 30th), J. Cole gave fans a rare update on the project via his Instagram Story. Needless to say, he appears quite upbeat about what he heard, saying, “Just rode through the city to The Off-Season. Dawg… Too excited.”

Just know this was years in the making.

My new album The Off-Season available everywhere 5/14 pic.twitter.com/aBw4po8fvx

— J. Cole (@JColeNC) May 4, 2021

The Off-Season is the follow-up to J. Cole’s 2018 album KOD, which saw huge commercial success despite not a single feature being on the album. It will be interesting to see if this project will have any guest features. Don’t hold your breath for that either.

KOD has since been certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) after selling more than a million copies by the end of 2018.

RELATED: J. Cole Announces ‘The Fall Off’ Mixtape Ahead Of New Album & Retirement

The Off-Season is perhaps the most anticipated hip-hop album this year, along with Drake’s forthcoming project, Certified Lover Boy, which has yet to receive a release date. This is shaping up to be a clash of the titans as both Drake and J. Cole have been at the top of the game over the past decade, although we can argue Drizzy more so than any other rapper.

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