Stranger things have happened. Wait, no they haven’t.
The clip was part of a two-minute montage showing Breezy recording with some of the biggest names in music, but it was the brief glimpse of Drizzy that got people talking.
It was just over a year ago that the two were at the center of a bottle-smashing brawl between their crews in a New York nightclub that was allegedly sparked by their mutual affection for Brown’s ex, Rihanna. But in the new video (which does not indicate when the footage was shot), Drake is all smiles as he praises one of Brown’s songs.
It’s unclear from the footage if Drake is involved in a new song or when the bit was recorded. Brown recently announced that his sixth studio album, X will finally drop on November 19 after several delays, but a rep told MTV News on Thursday (October 3) that a release date has not yet been confirmed.
“In the studio: Breezy spends lots of time in the studio and loves hangin’ and collaborating with some of the biggest names in the music industry, including Drake, the Game and Justin Bieber,” reads the intro to the video.
Hunched over a laptop, a hoodie-wearing Drake is seen moving his head to an unheard track (the soundtrack to the montage is Brown’s 2008 single/Doublemint gum jingle, “Forever”). He tells Brown, “Yeah, this is a big record, man.” The two are then shown bobbing their heads in unison and, in a different shot, shaking hands. Brown indicated that the footage was new with a Facebook post on Wednesday that read, “Hangin with Drake in the studio.”
To date, the singer has said X will have features from Nicki Minaj (“Love More”), Kendrick Lamar, Kelly Rowland, B.o.B., Wiz Khalifa and Rihanna, the latter on the song “Put It Up.” He’s also released the single “Fine China” and “Don’t Think They Know,” which features vocals from late singer Aaliyah. To date no track listing has been released, so it’s possible the Drake joint could be a recent add.
Among the other stars featured in the video are a young-looking Justin Bieber, Tyga and Busta Rhymes (who all featured on Brown’s 2011 album, F.A.M.E.), as well as T-Pain and will.i.am (who were on 2007’s Exclusive). Nelly, who enthuses, “You are a star, yo!,” also makes a cameo along with Brandy, the Game and Lupe Fiasco among shots of Brown singing in the studio.