Kanye West and Drake are up to something.
While the star hip-hop duo have both released collaborative projects individually (West with 2011's Watch The Throne alongside Jay Z and Drake teaming with Future for 2015's What a Time to Be Alive) and have been featured on tracks together (see Drake's "Pop Style" and "Forever," as well as Big Sean's "Blessings," to name a few), the rap titans have long been hinting at a potential full-length joint project.
As the 6 and beyond eagerly await an avalanche of epic anthems courtesy of the dynamic duo, here's everything we know so far about the LP.
West first hinted at the possibility of a joint album during an appearance at the Toronto rapper's OVO Fest in August where he asked the crowd, "I got one question for you… Is y'all ready for this album? I'm not talking about Pablo. I wasn't talking about Views. I wanna ask y'all right now, y'all ready for this album?" Drake further clarified: "What my brother was asking before was, are you ready if we make an album? That's what he was asking."
Later that month, a series of cryptic billboards started popping up around Los Angeles featuring the logos for Drake's OVO Sound and Kanye's G.O.O.D. Music imprints with a variety of seemingly random phrases, i.e. "Calabasas is the new Abu Dhabi" (more on this later).
'Ye further elaborated on the project during an interview with Vogue during the debut of his Yeezy Season 4 clothing line, noting, "We're just working on music, working on a bunch of music together, just having fun going into the studio. We're working on an album, so there's some exciting things coming up soon." While the interview was conducted in September, "soon" could now be imminent.
Perhaps that Los Angeles billboard referring to Calabasas was more than just a random phrase. Not only do the rappers reside in the ritzy Los Angeles enclave, they reportedly live down the street from one another, leading one to assume that's where the bulk of the recording is happening. In addition, Drizzy recently posted a black-and-white Instagram of him and West adorned with the caption "There goes the neighborhood….," with West's manager Scooter Braun commenting, "It begins."
There goes the neighborhood
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The cryptic caption could also be interpreted as a nod to Calabasas, or even the actual name of the album, as some observers suspect. On top of those two hints, Yeezy also rolled out Calabasas-branded merch tied to the launch the Yeezy Season 4 clothing line, including track pants with the neighborhood's name stitched onto the leg. With Drake saluting his native T-Dot with Views, he may very well be playing tourism ambassador alongside 'Ye on the forthcoming album.
The project would also serve as a treasure trove of thoughts about the gossip and drama that's been swirling around the two MCs for the past few months. Will Kanye West allude to his wife Kim Kardashian's robbery in Paris? Will Drake address his on-again, off-again fling with Rihanna? Making things even more interesting: Drake has reportedly been getting chummy with West's enemy-turned-friend-turned-enemy-again Taylor Swift, as Swift recently attended Drake's birthday bash.
Is that velvet? --
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