Despite its title, Drake’s latest single, “All Me” is still a family affair with verses from both 2 Chainz and Big Sean. But turns out both Sean and Drake had recorded over the beat after falling in love with it — they just didn’t know it.
“[Drake] records a lot at his house in L.A., and I was recording in L.A. for Hall of Fame, so we’ll kick it and exchange music,” Sean told MTV News of how the track came together. “Key Wane had that beat, and it was funny because I wanted to use it for Hall of Fame and [Drake] wanted to use the beat too.”
“I had done a verse to [Key’s beat] and didn’t know [Drake] did a song to it,” the Detroit rapper explained. He went on to add that it was Key Wane who encouraged him to send his verse since Drake really wanted to lock it down for Nothing Was the Same.
“I sent him the verse and [Drake’s] like, ’You bodied this sh–.’ Then we had the song forever,” Sean said. “He was like, ’I already did my verse and 2 Chainz did his verse but we’ve gotta get the right chorus,’ and that took a while. But everything happened at the right time.”
Released late Wednesday, “All Me” finds all three rappers skipping the humble-brags to spit it right out, with Drake even crowning himself the “light-skinned Keith Sweat.” Sean gets right into it, kicking off his verse with the same explosive, expletive-filled intro he gave us on “Switch Up.”
“I love doing songs like that, or ’Clique,’ different songs that can showcase my ability for different rhyme schemes,” Sean said. “I’m having fun and that very first line — that’s what you feel like saying to some people. I don’t know how many times a day I roll around feeling like, ’H–, shut the f— up!’ ” That’s just real.”
For his verse, the G.O.O.D. Music rapper also gives a quick shout-out to his actress girlfriend Naya Rivera (“My new girl is on ’Glee’ and sh–/ probably making more money than me and sh–“). And apparently, she appreciated it. “I was in LA having dinner with my girl and I said something about her on the verse, too, so she thought that was real funny,” he told us.
Big Sean’s Hall of Fame LP is due August 27; Drake drops Nothing Was the Same on September 17.