Drake has some pretty cool friends. During this weekend’s OVO Music Festival in Toronto, the Young Money spitter brought Lil Wayne, Nas, J. Cole, Rick Ross, The Weeknd and 22-time Grammy winner Stevie Wonder to rock in his hometown. After the show, Drizzy Drake confirmed to MuchMusic that Wonder will be appearing on his upcoming Take Care album.
The news came on the same day that the rapper released the LP’s first official single, “Headlines.”
“He helped me out with a lot of the music, just came and sat with me, listened to my music, told me where I could add a couple things to make it more sonically appealing, and not only that but we actually are writing together, which is an incredible experience,” Drake said of his collaborations with the Songs in the Key of Life singer.
In the interview, Drake described Wonder as a “very close friend” who has embraced him early in his career. And the elder singer was more than happy to join Drake onstage in Toronto.
“So I hit him, asked him to come by, and with no hesitation he hit me back like, ’I will be there.’ Not only that, but he was supposed to do two songs and he did like six,” Drake told the Canadian television network. “It was incredible.”
While fans await Take Care’s October 24 release date, Drake has been releasing possible album cuts through his October’s Very Own site. First was the lyrical stream of consciousness “Dreams Money Can Buy,” which he dropped in May. Then there was “Marvins Room” a month later , which, like “Dreams,” the rapper described as a piece of his “story.” On “Trust Issues,” a track the YM soldier released on his blog in June, the rapper interpolated portions of his chorus on DJ Khaled’s “I’m on One.”
While both “Marvins Room” and “Trust Issues” find Drake singing for much of the time, on the Boi-1da and Noah “40” Shebib-produced “Headlines,” Drake spews out rap bars over a synthy affair. He starts off, “I might be too strung out on compliments, overdosed on confidence/ Started not to give a f—, and stopped fearing the consequence,” and then gets super-cocky when he drops, “Soap opera rappers, all these n—-s sound like ’All My Children’/ And that’s who you thinkin’ is ’bout to come and make a killin’?/ I guess it really is just me, myself and all my millions.”
It remains to be seen whether Drake will release any of his Stevie Wonder collaborations before the album’s October release date.
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