Drake recently spoke about putting the finishing touches on his forthcoming sophomore album, “Take Care.” He also touched on a possible collabo album with labelmate Lil Wayne and another one with Rick Ross. Hit the jump to read the interview.
EW: Rap has become like fast food. Fans want it quickly and a lot of it. Itâ€™s only been a year since Thank Me Later and your fans seem to be starving for Take Care. Do you think theyâ€™ve forgotten that artists need life experiences to craft their art?
I felt like with the Thank Me Later process I was almost trying to create some stories for myself to rap about because everything was going so fast. I was in such demand at the time that I was almost disconnecting with what was going on around me. It was kind of hard to tap into the psyche of myself. I could still make great songs. But it was hard to give people a huge part of Aubrey at that time. I didnâ€™t have that much going on other than work. For this album I spent a lot of time in Toronto. Iâ€™ve been here for the longest time since my career started. Iâ€™ve been here for like four months now, just seeing people I know, seeing my family, seeing friends, going out, driving in the city again. Itâ€™s incredible. I think words are something Iâ€™m eager for people to hear. Thatâ€™s why Iâ€™m not doing any listening sessions. I really donâ€™t want your first impression to be from someâ€”and no offense to you obviouslyâ€”from some writer that sees it through one set of eyes and ears and then the whole world goes and forms an opinion based off that article. I want people to get it all on the same day. Even if it leaks, I want people to hear it together, as opposed to reading an in depth article about every song. I donâ€™t people to know what to expect. Thereâ€™s a lot of shocking sonic music on this album.
EW: What do you think of how Jay-Z and Kanye West released Watch the Throne? They did a couple of exclusive sessions. I went to the first one. And they kept the album from leaking by going straight to iTunes.
With Jay and with Watch the Throne, Iâ€™m so glad that it came out. As artists, we all need extra motivation. And I feel like in these last 30 days, that album is going to make me go 10 times harder from just, you know, hearing all the bars and all the sounds.
EW: Have you thought of adopting their release approach?
I think with the Jay and â€˜Ye thing, that was their approachâ€”releasing it exclusively to digital, and doing the listening parties, and getting everybody involved and excited. I think that it was a brilliant approach. Do I necessarily think that Jay or â€˜Ye would do that for a solo project? No. Do I think that Jay would release exclusively to digital and, like, play all of his music off a solo album to be dissected by critics? No. Iâ€™ve discussed doing projects with is obviously Lil Wayne. And one of the people of the people I enjoy rapping with most in this business is Rozay [Rick Ross]. Me and him have talked about potentially doing something after our albums comes out. I just love making songs with him. Every time we make a song it just seems to be something I love listening to after the fact when Iâ€™m in my car.
Read the rest of the interview at Entertainment Weekly