Rapper Drake attends the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest part of 2013 NBA All-Star Weekend at the Toyota Center on February 16, 2013 in Houston

Rapper Drake attends the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest part of 2013 NBA All-Star Weekend at the Toyota Center on February 16, 2013 in Houston

*Rapper Drake, currently working on his third studio album, “Nothing Was the Same,” has left BMI and signed with ASCAP, the company’s VP of Rhythm & Soul Membership, Nicole George-Middleton, tells Billboard.

ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, protects its members’ musical copyrights by monitoring public performances of their music and compensating them accordingly.

“For me, a big part of making music is getting the opportunity to work with people I love, trust and respect,” Drake says. “As an organization run by music creators, ASCAP represents a whole community of kindred spirits. Joining ASCAP was just a natural choice for me because I know my music is in the best possible hands.”

Drake is joining a roster that includes his longtime friend and producer, Noah “40″ Shebib. He had previously been with BMI.

“We’re thrilled to now officially count Drake among our many multi-talented members,” ASCAP EVP of Membership Randy Grimmett stated. “This new addition only strengthens ASCAP’s reputation as home to the world’s greatest songwriters. We can’t wait to see what’s to come for Drake in the future.”

Drake’s latest single “Started From the Bottom,” the first from his upcoming album “Nothing Was the Same,” currently sits at No. 3 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and at No. 2 on Rap Songs.