The checklist of things [artist id="2545682"]Drake[/artist] has been able to accomplish in his young career reads like the résumé of a seasoned veteran. Record with Jay-Z ? Check. Record with Eminem, Lil Wayne and Kanye West ? Check.
Who else is left for the Toronto MC to collaborate with? Well, if Drake has his way, he’ll have plenty more blockbuster tracks coming out.
“I’m trying to make this song happen, man,” he told DJ Drama when he called in to his Hot 107.9 Gangsta Grillz Radio show on Thursday (August 27). “It’d mean the world to me. I’m trying to make this happen for my album. It’d be me, Andre 3000 and Sade.”
The trio would make for a formidable and intriguing lineup on any song. Drake didn’t go into much detail about the pending track. While he was speaking with Drama, Drake revealed he was in Los Angeles working with [artist id="1231683"]Justin Timberlake[/artist] and [artist id="503162"]Timbaland[/artist] in the studio.
Despite being surrounded by so much talent, however, Drake reminded listeners for his debut, Thank Me Later — now tentatively due in early 2010 (he’s hoping for a release near Valentine’s Day, he said) — he wants to carry the bulk of the project by himself.
“I know that I have to carry the majority of the weight by myself,” he said. “The features have to be carefully picked. I could call on every favor that’s owed to me or to everybody that’s reached out and said they wanna work. But that may be a silly decision on my part. Because I don’t wanna take away from myself carrying my first album. So that record [potentially with Andre 3000 and Sade] is something important to me. Obviously [I'm gonna work with] Wayne. I’m out here really trying to get something special with Justin. Hovito [Jay-Z], we might need to get him. The track on this album was a real catchy joint. But people wanna hear us rap together. That’s one of my goals, to have that track with me and Jay. Maybe don’t even have a hook, maybe. Have just like you haven’t heard him in a minute, just going bars for bars. That might be something you’ll hear on the album.”