After dropping lyrical gems on recent releases like “All Me,” Drake gave us a taste of the variety on his upcoming album Nothing Was The Same with “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” a track that he and producer Noah “40” Shebib imagine being played at weddings in 10 years.
“It’s me and 40 just channeling our Quincy Jones/Michael Jackson production duo,” Drake told MTV News. “Obviously no offense to the greats, I know we’re not anywhere near that — it’s just us kinda doing our thing, humbly attempting.”
“It’s not a rap record,” he added. “It’s not ‘Versace,’ it’s not ‘Started From the Bottom.’ In approaching this album I was like man, it would be great if we had a record that was played at weddings in 10 years or that people that are away from their families in the army could listen to. Something that just [has] timeless writing, timeless melody. So I did it with the group that we signed to OVO called Majid Jordan.”
The pop track contrasts nicely with grittier songs like “5 AM in Toronto,” and finds Drake hoping to lock down a little love, singing, “I got my eyes on you/ You’re everything that I see/ I want your hot love and emotion, endlessly.”
After joking about a name mix-up that’s bound to happen — “[The group is] not Magic Jordan. It’s Majid Jordan, even though Magic Jordan is a really cool name” — Drake explained that he and 40 collaborated with them to make what they hope will be a classic. “Majid is singing on the record with me and Jordan is his production partner. It’s a great record. I’m nervous and excited and all these things about it.”
“I’ve never really put out a record like this before, so we’ll see how it goes.”
40, who started producing for Drake on 2009’s So Far Gone, also mixed his sophomore album Take Care. “What ends up happening a lot of times with our records is that, because I can do a lot of things in the studio, whether it be play instruments or produce or edit or run Pro Tools or edit vocals, whatever the case may be, I help him get out his ideas,” 40 told MTV News last year. “I think that’s the goal of any good producer, is to make sure the artist is delivering what they want.”