A follow-up to his “Certified Lover Boy” has been released. In an Instagram post from earlier today, the rapper stated that his seventh studio album, titled “Honestly, Nevermind,” will be released tonight at midnight local time (June 16). Here’s a look.
Kanye West was quick to like the post, which has left hip-hop fans scratching their heads as to who the album might feature. At the “Free Larry Hoover Benefit Concert” in December of last year, Ye urged Drake to join him onstage.
The Album’s Tracklist.
On Thursday night, Drake unveiled the album’s tracklist, revealing that Noah “40” Shebib, Oliver El-Khatib, Noel Cadastre, and Black Coffee were all executive producers.
Lil Wayne, Kid Cudi, Future, Young Thug, Rick Ross, and 21 Savage all contributed to Drake’s “Certified Lover Boy,” which was released in September 2021. “I’m Too Sexy,” which featured Young Thug and Future, as well as “Knife Talk,” which featured 21 Savage and Project Pat, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Drake released “Dark Lane Demo Tapes” and “Care Package” between “CLB” and “Scorpion” in 2018.
There has been much anticipation surrounding the release of “Honestly, Nevermind,” which comes on the heels of Beyoncé’s highly anticipated “Renaissance,” which will be released on July 29. This is her first studio album since 2016’s critically praised “Lemonade,” which Beyoncé released as a surprise on Tidal. During the first episode of his SiriusXM radio show “Table for One,” Drake is expected to go into more detail about “Honestly, Nevermind.” Ahead of its official release on July 29, “Renaissance” will be streamed on Sound 42 at 11 p.m. ET on June 16th.
The Surprise Album.
The artist, who pioneered the surprise album with her 2013 self-titled release, decided to spare us the stress by revealing the release date of her much-anticipated seventh studio album on Thursday. However, just a few hours later, Drake announced that his seventh studio album, “Honestly, Nevermind,” would be released at midnight as well. Two of the biggest names in the music industry have made summer a lot sexier in a matter of hours.
Just nine months after Drake’s “Certified Lover Boy,” which despite the success of “Way 2 Sexy” and “Girls Want Girls,” felt like a letdown by his standards, “Honestly, Nevermind” — and the wild video for the first single “Falling Back,” which features a parade of women lining up to be his brides — is here. As a result, Aubrey Drake Graham’s new 14-track album is a radical departure for the 35-year-old musician. From hip-hop to house, it’s a full-on a-bop look.
The Album’s Gothic Cover.
And there’s a feeling to it. Drake has previously dabbled in house music with singles like “Passionfruit” and Rihanna‘s “Too Good” and “Take Care.” Even while the album’s gothic cover makes it appear as though “Honestly, Nevermind” might be more heavy metal than a house, it’s more “After Hours” than The Weeknd’s 2020 smash trance swirl. Drizzy has been dropping hit singles since 2009’s “Best I Ever Had,” and this album isn’t about those. In the end, it’s all about getting your groove on and expressing your feelings.
Black Coffee, a South African DJ/producer whose 2021 LP “Subconscious” earned a Grammy for Best Dance/Electronic Album in April, is helping Drake take it all the way to the dance floor. Drake’s buddy and fellow house music fan Virgil Abloh, who passed tragically in November, can be heard in these rhythms, and it’s hard not to feel his presence. Even the song’s title refers to Abloh. On the Afro-house track “Sticky,” Drake not only pays homage to the former artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear, but he also samples his voice.
This Album that Features.
There are two songs on this album that feature Drake getting a little too sexy: “Sticky” and “Calling My Name.” Singing on the second track, “Your p—y is calling my name,” he says. But in the end, Drake sounds more like a Certified Lovelorn Boy on tunes like “Down Hill,” “Texts Go Green,” and “Liability,
” all of which have his voice digitally boosted. While Drake’s “Honestly, Nevermind” is more of a crooner than an actual rapper, the album’s most hip-hop single, “Jimmy Cooks,” is an allusion to the character Jimmy Brooks he played on “Degrassi: The Next Generation.”