Drake, the Canadian born rapper, singer-songwriter and actor has become the latest person to release music online, before it was due to come out. Lady Gaga did the same thing in August, while Britney Spears released a new single on Sunday. Drake first gained recognition for his role on the television show Degrassi: The Next Generation and debuted his first album, "Thank Me Later," in 2010. Drake's new album is called "Nothing Was The Same" and is due to be released on September 24.
Drake has been known to collaborate with a number of people throughout his career and this album will be no different. His new album features cameos from Jay Z, Jhené Aiko, Majid Jordan and Detail, mentions Mashable. After the album was leaked, all sorts of social media became a part of the equation, making the name of the album one of Monday's top searches in the United States. His single "Pound Cake," which features Jay-Z, was also trending on Twitter worldwide for most of Monday. "Pound Cake" is the final song on the album and it's likely to please his current and new fans while raising eyebrows from rap traditionalists, according to Spin Magazine.
His new single "Too Much" premiered on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on Friday night. This is a track that had never been heard before and features a guest appearance from Sampha. The heartfelt song functioned as an open letter to his old friends and family who have watched him transform from a locally known actor to an international superstar rapper, says Billboard.com.
The rapper is in complete promo mode, after working for the past two weeks to advertise himself over Instagram and Twitter. His new album is likely to be another hit like its predecessor, "Take Care," which can be credited for creating the popularized phrase YOLO. Drake's previous work has earned him a Grammy, three Juno Awards, six BET Awards and several Billboard Music Awards.
Mixed and Mastered and on its way to you. September 24th
— Drizzy (@Drake) September 3, 2013
Drake's real name is Aubrey Graham. He sat down with Jimmy Fallon on Friday and talked about the song and the album's cover art, before performing his new single. He also played a round of charades with Fallon and fellow guest Scarlett Johansson. Other tracks from the album have been released for streaming as well including "Started From The Bottom" and "Hold On, We're Going Home." He also previewed each of these songs for his fans during a performance at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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