When you see that a Drake song leaks online and it's April Fools' Day, you can't help but be suspicious. But, nope, this is a real thing. "Faithful," which features Aubrey and vocals from the late Pimp C, surfaced online Friday.
The track is the latest in a string of Drake leaks to trickle onto the Internet this week, following “Controlla,” featuring Popcaan, and "These Days," a cover of a song from the early 1970s of the same name which, in response to the unsanctioned posting, ended up surfacing in its true form, as “Things I Forgot to Do,” a song from Babeo Baggins that features Drake.
The Toronto native has long been open about his respect and admiration for Pimp and his UGK partner-in-rhyme, Bun B, and has appeared on songs with each of them in the past, including Pimp's 2010 track "What Up," alongside Bun.
"I’m a huge Pimp supporter,” Drake told MTV News in 2010. “I’m a huge Pimp fan. I feel like I’m extended UGK family. Bun and Pimp are like uncles, dads to me. They’re G’s. [When I’m around them], I feel like I do around my uncles. They’re still the coldest cats in the world, but Bun makes me feel -- he’s a legend. His presence, it’s like me calling myself Young Bun B, [when I call myself] Young Sweet Jones. It’s just seeing a bit of them in myself.
The Pimp C verse we hear here is the same from Jay Z's "Tom Ford (Remix)" a few years back. There's no info about whether this song is (or was) set to appear on Views, but the fact that the verse has been used before could mean that Drake's had this in the stash for a while and actually had no intentions of releasing it.
You can stream "Faithful" here.