As the September 24 release date for Drake's highly anticipated third album Nothing was the Same, looms closer, more and more details are beginning to leak out.
Young Money president Mack Maine already has his favorites. "I haven't heard the whole album, but my favorite track so far is the intro," he told MTV News at the Barclays Center after the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.
"He also has a track him and Detail came up with, they're gonna tear the clubs up with that. It's a tie between those two."
Detail, who has logged hits with Lil Wayne, described NWTS as a hip-hop afterparty. He acknowledged that artists like Kanye West and Jay Z have already dropped some pretty high-profile rap albums earlier in the year, and now Drake will help to close out a year with some pretty remarkable releases. "Be on your worst behavior," the YMCMB producer warns.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone Drake's go-to producer Noah "40" Shebib revealed that the intro that Mack referred to is a song called "Tuscan Leather." It reportedly samples Whitney Houston in a very clever way. "It's a three-staged record — one sample flipped three different ways, with a verse over each beat," 40 said.
Drake describes "Paris Morton Music II" as an all-out rap-fest. "That track excites me from a rap standpoint, just getting off bars and different flows," he said. "I played it for J. Cole, on some rap buddy-buddy sh--, and he was like, 'Damn!'"
Earlier this Rolling Stone also revealed that Jay Z, Lil Wayne and producer Hudson Mohawke will all contribute to the album. When MTV News caught up with Drake on Friday after he rehearsed his big VMA performance he spoke to us about the Kadir Nelson-designed album cover, one he brought to life onstage.
"It's a child version of myself staring at myself now," he said. "What that album art is to me is that this is my most clear, concise thoughts from now and my best recollection of then."