Just weeks after first single "Over" hit the net, another track from Drake's highly-anticipated debut, "Thank Me Later," has leaked. "Shut It Down," produced by Harlem-based Omen and longtime collaborator Noah "40" Shebib and featuring The-Dream, is an R&B song about "empowering women," Drake originally told Billboard.com late last year.
"This song is sort of like an anthem for women, like pre-the club," he said. "It's like an anthem for you to be at your house with your girlfriends getting ready, what you listen to before you get there. It's a song for the non-famous woman to make her feel special and just to let you know that even though I'm up here and have the option to mingle wtih these 'upper-echelon' women, if you will, that sometimes I'd rather be with the girl from back home or a student or a girl that works at Wal-Mart. They don't have to be a star or rich or anything like that; that's kind of the gist of the song. It's an empowering song for all women."
"You're pretty, heard that you're a student working weekends in the city / trying to take you out girl, hope you not too busy / if there's nothing wrong, got this lil' song for you to get ready to," Drake harmonizes over the slinky beat. "Put those fucking heels on and work it, girl / let that mirror show you what you doing / put that fucking dress on and work it kinda vicious / like somebody taking pictures, shut it down," he sings on the chorus.
The-Dream jumps in on the bridge, teasing, "What you need? I can be your everything / them other n*ggas just wanna hit it, but if they had it won't know what to do with it." Dream also has his own short verse and sings on the chorus.
In related news, Drake will headline his first North American solo trek, "The Away From Home Tour," from April 6 to May 8, alongside Canadian rapper/singer K-OS and the synth pop New York band Francis & The Lights.