R.I.P. to Drake & Kanye West’s Joint Album
Yeah, so about that album...
In a new interview this past weekend with DJ Semtex, Drake was asked if "digital politics" have, so far, prevented his joint effort with West from seeing the light of day.
Let's just say, Drake's response wasn't very political:
I don’t know, I think everybody has their own little things going on, I’m not really sure what he’s referring to half the time, cos in the same breath, I went from being… like working on a project with him, to him sorta publicly shitting on me and DJ Khaled for being on the radio too much. But yeah I’m not really sure, everybody’s got their own thing going on. Again me when I hear that, I just distance myself from it you know, alright if that’s what it is I don’t really even understand the point you’re trying to make but whatever it is that you’re going through, I accept it, I don’t respect it at all. You know cos I feel like me and Khaled are just good people, I’m not sure why we’re the target of your choice that you made that night. And yeah I accept what you’re going through, and I just go and continue working on my own thing. You know the more and more this progresses, the more and more I just feel like keeping to myself, cos its just so unpredictable, you never know which way people are gonna go. I mean streaming is the new record business, so yeah I guess you could call it digital politics, that’s kinda a good name for a song, I might have to do that when I get upstairs.
Drake, who doesn't do very many interviews, left no room for interpretation or ambiguity here. For those of you annoyed by Drake's over usage of the word "cos," here's a Cliffs Notes translation: I know Kanye's been going through some shit, but I'm done working with him.
Just last April, after 14 months without an update from either artist or a single scrap of new music, Yoh proclaimed that the album would never happen and that that was a good thing. But then four months later, it really seemed like things were picking up steam—it wasn't a matter of "if," but rather "when"—after a joint G.O.O.D. Music and OVO billboard popped up in Southern California.
But now? After these pointed remarks by Drake? Now you can bury this project in the same music cemetery as Dr. Dre's Detox, the full-length Lil Wayne and Juelz Santana I Can't Feel My Face album and the forgotten Black Thought x Danger Mouse collab project, Dangerous Thoughts.
Drake also revealed that when he removed Kanye from the final, album version of "Pop Style," Ye was really upset because "he really wanted to be on the record." This could easily explain why Kanye choose to air out Drake last November, but it would be a real shame if that decision ended up being the final nail in their collaborative coffin. Remember, it was Kanye who added a two bar Jay Z verse without first asking Drake or being given permission. Knowing the cold war that had been brewing between Jay Z and Drake for seven years, as well as their affiliations to rival music streaming companies, Kanye shouldn't have been surprised when The Throne's contribution to "Pop Style" hit the cutting room floor.
While this latest development is disappointing for those who were looking forward to a joint effort, fans can still hold out hope for that Drake and Gucci EP and Chance resurrecting Kanye's Good Ass Job.
By Z, who loves to argue with you on Twitter.