Young Money‘s latest sensation Drake has pushed the release date for his Thank Me Later album to March and announced guest appearances from Jay-Z, Kanye West and Lil Wayne.
The Canadian-based rapper said he has had difficulty putting all the components together.
“I’m making progress on it,” Drake said in an interview this week. “I’m hoping for March now. It’s just pulling everybody together: I had a wish list for my managers of everybody I wanted involved that stem beyond hip-hop. I’m trying to pull it all together. I’m really trying to work with Sade. Lil Wayne will be on it. Young Jeezy, Jay-Z, Kanye will be doing work on it. It’s in the family.” (MTV)
The singer had previously discussed his hope to grow and advance his skills on the forthcoming debut.
“You can expect the same sound, I’m still going to be telling a story,” Drake explained in an interview. “I’ve got a great story to tell now — it’s been a crazy year. I just want to make it a little bigger, a little more energy. Sonically, I want to advance. I think I’ve gotten better at rapping since the last one so I’m excited to share it with the world. That’s how I come up with songs, I’ll sit there and rap to myself. There are people who are phenomenal at freestyling, but I’m a writer.” (The Boom Box)
Still in its early stages, Drake recently explained the initial difficulty he had with song selection for the upcoming album.
“No, it’s not the first single,” Drake said about his The-Dream collaboration. “It deserves to be a single at some point, but it’s not the first single… I have trouble doing that. I’d say I have about six songs done and to pick from just six is hard for me ’cause I don’t know what else is going to come. With So Far Gone, before ‘Best I Ever Had’ became the single, the entire project was done and it just happened to be the most commercially viable, catchiest song. I like picking my singles like that. Now obviously my management hates that because that doesn’t give them much time to work it. But I’m a big believer that everything should happen organically and if it doesn’t then something’s not right, and I don’t really want to change my formula. Before I start working a single, I need to get about 10, 15, 20 songs done so I can pick from a batch of music as opposed to just committing to something right now.” (Rap-Up)
He recently touched on the importance of lyrics for his debut album.
“Lyrically, I want to keep the album as genuine and honest as ‘Fear’ is, but musically there will be a little more energy,” he promised. “There will be more moments of triumph, because my life is the best it’s ever been in my 22 years of existence. I want my music to reflect that, but I still want to be able to relate and connect with people. It’s a good indication. There will obviously be some variation — not every track is going to sound like that. I was actually going to save ‘Fear’ for the album, but I wanted to give people another reason to buy the [So Far Gone] EP.” (Shock Hound)
Additional details on Drake’s Thank Me Later have not yet been released.