Drake Returns Early With 'Started From The Bottom'

Drake's new single wasn't supposed to arrive until Grammy night, but maybe the Toronto rapper just couldn't wait to share "Started From the Bottom," the lead number from his upcoming third album. The track premiered on Friday night (February 1) nine days earlier than expected.

The YMCMB rapper debuted the song on his OVO blog along with a note that provides a bit of background. Just in case you thought Drake had it easy on his way to the top, he'd like you to know the real deal.

"Today is the day to begin sharing my newest work with you. This is the first single off of my upcoming album. I feel sometimes that people don't have enough information about my beginnings and therefore they make up a life story for me that isn't consistent with actual events. My family and my second family (consisting of the best friends anybody could ever have) all struggled and worked extremely hard to make all this happen," he wrote.

"I did not buy my way into this spot and it was the furthest thing from easy to achieve. I am proud of every part of my past and I'm excited for this song to find a place in your life as well. I didn't feel I needed any interviews or radio or press to launch this song. It felt right to come back to the site that I started on and release it to the people that started here with me. Judging by this post, the tour that we've been planning, the conversations about new songs and album artwork...I think it's safe to say we're back together again. Looking forward to seeing you all soon."

Drake's third album is due out this year.