While Drake has yet to announce a release date for his third studio album, "Nothing Was The Same," the rapper says the full-length is "almost finished."
At this year’s annual Atlanta’s Birthday Bash on Saturday (June 15), Drake confirmed with Hot 107.9 that he's in the final stages of recording. "Nothing Was The Same" is rumored to drop in August.
Drake also spoke with GQ Magazine, whose July cover he graces, on what fans can expect from his upcoming album. He teases sampling Whitney Houston and an '87 Curtis Mayfield concert, separately.
He continues to share that one album cut will center around the difficult time he went through when dealing with the divorce of his parents. Marvin Gaye's 1978 "Here, My Dear" was a primary source of inspiration for "Nothing Was The Same."
"This is my fucking moment to say if I wanted to rap all the time, really rap, I would, but I also love to make music. I'll do this for you right now. But it's for me, too. It's my story... I'm trying to get back to that kid in the basement. To say what he has to say. And I'm trying to make it last," he says.
Drake has released three songs up to now, including "Girls Love Beyonce," "5 AM in Toronto," and the album's lead single, "Started From the Bottom," which he says has received much scrutiny. "I think a lot of people wish their favorite rapper wrote it — as if a song like that should be gangster — but I was the one who wrote it, and everyone has their bottom," he tells GQ.
The rapper addressed the hate he's received from the rap community itself (Ludacris, Lil' Kim, and DMX) but brushes off the naysayers, saying, "You notice they don't criticize the music itself, though — I'm ok with that."
One artist which gets under Drake's skin if he allows it, is Chris Brown. "It's embarrassing, the amount of media coverage. Two rappers fighting over the woman. He’s not even a rapper, but still, it’s the last way you want your name out there. It distracts from the music. But he’s made me the enemy, and that’s the way it’s gonna stay, I guess," he says of his and Chris Brown's nightclub brawl. "If I think about it too much, I feel it wrapping around my foot, like I get a feeling it could end really badly."
Drake wishes he and Chris Brown could sit down and "talk it out man-to-man."