*You ever stop to think about the fact that Grammy winning rapper, and supposed singer, Drake has not even released his own album yet?
Dude’s made his mark and has become a star by working with some huge names in the hip hop game like Lil Wayne, Eminem and Mary J. Blige, to name a few. Yes, you could say he’s a smooth collaborator.
So it’s only fitting that a smooth collaborator would want to work with the lady known affectionately as the smooth operator on his upcoming debut project titled “Thank Me Later. Here’s what he confided to MTV:
“Sade not only embodies a lot of class, her brand is so strong and she’s such an amazing woman, but the melody she chooses to use and her voice has that dark, sexy feel that a lot of So Far Gone has,” Drake told MTV News last month. “‘Lust for Life,’ the ‘Houstatlantavegas,’ ‘The Calm’ – those all remind me of ‘Sade moments.’ I’ll call them ‘Sade moments,’ where you hear it, it hits you, and you feel something. When Sade’s ‘King of Sorrow’ comes on, you feel it, consistently. So I just want to try to experiment and see if there’s a way to bring her into the hip-hop world. I’m kinda scared. I don’t want it to be that moment that everybody’s like, ‘Whoa, that shouldn’t have happened.’ So it’s really got to be calculated for the right moment. … Hopefully there will be a great Drake and Sade record for people to listen to, and hopefully it’ll be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.”
Well all that sounds good Mr. Drake, but unfortunately, as Grandma used to say, Sade ain’t studying you. Actually it’s nothing personal, she just doesn’t do collabos.
“I don’t think they have contacted me,” Sade, 51, told Canada’s National Post. “I’ve never collaborated because I’ve always avoided working outside my safety zone – I can be exactly who I am and can fail or succeed within the moment. I feel safe working like I do. I wouldn’t want to work in a situation where I am expected to deliver, because I think I wouldn’t deliver.”
Drake’s Thank Me Later is now tentatively slated for a March release with appearances in the works from Andre 3000, Eminem and Jay-Z, among others, according to MTV.
The Young Money MC will also headline 25 cities on his Away From Home Tour, beginning April 6. The tour will stop at 15 college campuses along the way, including Penn State, Michigan State and University of Central Florida.