By Sowmya Krishnamurthy
“September 24th. Just wait on it,” Drake told us on his “Versace” verse. This week, the rapper officially dropped his highly anticipated third studio album Nothing Was the Same. From emo cuts like “Hold On We’re Going Home” to the H.A.M.-inducing “Worst Behaviour,” there’s something for every Drake fan on this album. Kick back with your Moscato as we revisit the moments that brought us to Nothing Was the Same.
February 2013: Started From the Bottom
“Started From the Bottom” set the tone for Drake’s new album. The rapper talked tough about making it and bringing his Toronto boys along for the ride. The Mike Zombie-produced cut quickly became a hit and “started from the bottom” has become a mantra we’ll forever associate with Drake.
He quickly dropped a lighthearted visual for “Started From the Bottom,” which featured Drake upgrading from a job at a drug store to riding in a Bentley (in the snow) and then having a Soul Train-esque dance party. The rapper also revealed the title of his new album Nothing Was the Same.
April 2013: No New Friends
“No New Friends” was in many ways the remix to “Started From the Bottom” and showed Drizzy taking time out for his famous friends, DJ Khaled, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne, while working on his own album.
May 2013: Memes Flood Internet
Drake in classic Dada? The throwback look from the “No New Friends” launched a thousand memes and showed the rapper wasn’t taking himself too seriously.
June 2013: Would You Like a Tour?
Would you like a tour from Drake? Of course! The rapper announced his multi-city tour with Future and Miguel. Emo times on deck.
July 2013: Fashion Crazy
When Drake jumped on Migos’ “Versace,” the song went from moderate hit to high-octane anthem, not to mention, gave us classic Drizzy one-liners like “I think I’m sellin’ a million first week, man I guess I’m a optimist.” That month, Drake also continued his foray into streetwear and debuted his own New Era x October’s Very Own (OVO) caps.
August 5, 2013: OVO Fest
August was one of Drake’s biggest months. His annual OVO Fest in Toronto is always a star-studded affair, but this year, the hometown boy outdid himself with appearances from Kanye West, Lil Wayne and yes, Diddy and Ma$e reunited. “That was probably the most important moment in my career to date,” Drake told MTV News after the show. “I think me and Kanye have wanted to express our respect for each other for a long time and sometimes rap, the business, the competitiveness and just the heart behind it forces you to not talk to the people you quietly admire.”
August 7, 2013: Hold On We’re Going Home
He then debuted his hit single “Hold On We’re Going Home,” which was markedly different from what fans were expecting. Even Drake clarified that this was not a rap song but more of a wedding song. “It’s not a rap record,” he said. “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.”
August 26, 2013: “Hold On” Live
Drake debuted his wedding song “Hold On We’re Going Home” live at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. The rapper toned it down for a heartfelt performance at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Backstage, he explained the interesting cover art for his album. “When it’s positioned on the shelf… you’ll see that it’s a child version of myself staring at myself now.
September 16, 2013: NWTS Leaks
Like so many other albums, NWTS sprung a leak about a week before its official release. Fans quickly took to Twitter to share their love for tracks like the Jay Z collabo “Pound Cake.” Drake performed the personal “Too Much “on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” bringing along UK singer/songwriter Sampha around that time.
September 18, 2013: Expectations
With just days until the official release of his album, Drake was cool and collected, saying that he had expectations. “Best advice I ever got is: No expectations lead to no disappointments. So I have no expectations,” the rapper told MTV News back in August. “Really, just more than September 24, I’m just excited whenever people get the music, “ he said. After a year waiting, now we have it.
September 24, 2013: “Hold On We’re Going Home” video
After previously saying that he hoped to hear “Hold On We’re Going Home” playing at weddings in 10 years, he debuted a mafia-inspired video for the song. He told MTV News that this will help him transition back into acting.