The O.D.: A Mixtape Daily Exclusive
Drake, you keep making Toronto proud. Two Grammy nominations, no album — that cat deserves it. A few days ago while soaking up the Grammy festivities, Drizzy gave us the inside scoop on his anticipated Thank Me Later LP. "Fireworks" kicks the whole thing off.
"The album opens up with a song I'm really proud of called 'Fireworks,' " he told us. " ... I get asked so many questions. Due to press people around, I have to deflect them. It's like when you put in the CD, all your questions are answered right away. It's a great, triumphant record right away. That opens up the scheme, and from there, hopefully, it's a colorful journey for everybody."
Drake also let it out of the bag that his debut now has a tentative March release date and that, besides his guests Jay-Z, Lil Wayne and Kanye West, he wants to get Sade involved.
The Streets Is Talking: News and Notes From the Underground
As Gucci Mane's Cold War mixtape series continues to get burn on the streets, an unlikely supporter is making sure the project gets added legs. Philadelphia DJ Diplo is remixing all three discs with an eclectic vibe and sounds of electronica, reggae and Brazilian Carioca — and, of course, more hip-hop.
"Gucci Mane is an underdog, and a divisive artist," Diplo said in a statement sent to Mixtape Daily. "I thought it would be cool to have a bunch of kids and weirdos do some mixes of his songs. We all are fans, and we are from different scenes. Gucci is a rapper that doesn't try and be anything he is not; he's straight up. Maybe it's ironic and all, but I'm just a fan and have been since day one. Gucci Mane is the cool uncle I never had, even though I'm pretty sure I am older than him."
Look for more on that Gucci/Diplo project in the coming weeks. Gucc's album, The State vs. Radric Davis, comes out Tuesday.