Move over Makonnen, Drake's got a new friend.
Just hours ago Noah "40" Shebib posted a picture on Instagram indicating that dvsn has now officially signed to OVO, an announcement backed up by the fact that all of dvsn's music is now listed as being under OVO's parent label, Warner Bros.
Big news! Except...wait, who's dvsn again? No one knows.
Perhaps fittingly it was The Weeknd (aka Drake's The One Who Got Away) who truly generated the "artist with the mysterious identity" wave that's becoming so popular it's frankly getting annoying. I know in the age of instant access there's a real appeal in being hidden, but how about this? How about just releasing great music and being like, hey, it's me, the one who made that great music? And is the whole "taking all the vowels out of words" trend dead yet? No? Sigh, fine.
My grumpy old man rants aside, just like we initially didn't know if The Weeknd was a group or one person, we're similarly lost when it comes to dvsn. They've only ever released three songs, except while we don't have confirmation of their identity, we have enough circumstantial evidence to make a damn good guess.
First, we have producer Nineteen85, who produced Drake's "Hotline Bling," "0 to 100" and a bunch more. He's clearly close to Drizzy, makes beats in the wheelhouse of dvsn, and tweeted "the line with the two dots" (aka dvsn's symbol) just minutes after 40's announcement. There's far more evidence once you start digging - come on, he's clearly involved. And if he's producing, who's singing? All signs point to Daniel Daley, a Canadian singer we know has been close to Nineteen85 for some time and recently closed down all of his social media and erased all currently available music (except for guest features), a classic move in the "secret artist" playbook.
Again, we don't know for sure that dvsn is made up of Nineteen85 and Daley, but there's enough coincidences here for me to believe they aren't coincidences at all. I guess we'll just have to wait to find out for sure, but regardless of who dvsn really is, we know for sure that they have their work cut out for them. If Drake is able to turn them into stars in their own right, they'll be OVO's first real success story.
Hey, if all else fails, we know there's a tent in the OVO studios with their name on it.