Women in Music 2016

Usher Talks Drake & Why 'Atlanta Culture Is More Relevant Now Than It's Ever Been'

Miller Mobley
Usher photographed on October 17, 2014 at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia.

Usher has one ear in the studio, and the other in Atlanta. The triple threat has been "enjoying" Drake's "0 to 100" freestyle, and keeping up with the new wave of rap coming from ATL.

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"Favorite song right now is '0 to 100,' [from] Drake," Usher tells Billboard. "Of course, any and every artist coming out of Atlanta, from Future to Young Thug. I think Atlanta culture is more relevant now than it's ever been in time, musically and culturally. And, I'm really enjoying it."

We can only hope that collaborations between Usher and today's most wanted Atlanta artists spawn from the singer's current playlist. Usher's still working on his eighth studio album, which he's taking his time with.

"I really wanted to make something that all my fans -- from the beginning, the middle and the recent -- would really enjoy. Im taking my time with it. I'm not finished. Hopefully I get it out sometime next year."