Drake premiered his first single, "Over," in his hometown on Toronto radio station 93.5 The Flow today (March 4). The track, off his upcoming debut album, "Thank Me Later," now slated for a May release, is produced by in-house producer Boi-1da and can be heard here.
"This is the first single off my first album -- this is still the beginning," Drake told radio-show hosts Jus Red and Jwyze. "As great as everything has gone, it's still the beginning."
"Bottles on me, long as some drink it . never try to ball, fuck are y'all thinking / making sure the Young Money ship is never sinking / 'bout to set it off, set it off, Jada Pinkett," the 23-year-old rapper rhymes in a paced, aggressive flow. "I swear this life is like the sweetest thing I've ever known / 'bout to go Thriller, Mike Jackson on these bitches / all I need is a fucking red jacket with some zippers," he continues.
"I went with 'Over' as the first look because of the words in the hook," Drake said on the airwaves. "The hook being the most repetitive part. I got a lot of great songs on my album. I got songs for women who wanna feel special. I got songs for dudes - if you ever thought my music was too soft, this is one you will enjoy. I got a lot of variety on there, but the biggest thing was that opening line on the hook: 'I know way too many people here right now that I didn't know last year.'"
"I know way too many people here right now that I didn't know last year / who the fuck are ya'll? I swear it feels like the last few nights we been everywhere and back / but i just cant remember it all," Drake harmonizes on the chorus atop an epic beat with what sounds like marching band drums and violins. "What am i doing? What am I doing? / oh yea, that's right I'm doing me, I'm doing me, I'm living life right now, man / and this what I'mma do till its over, till its over / but it's far from over."
"I've just gone so many places in a short amount of time," he added. "This record sums up where I am right now in my career. I think it's a great first impression. The album is going to be a great body of work for you to get lost in. Right now I just wanna have some fun. When we're out partying, I want people to have some fun too, because this is the one."
In related news, Drake recently filmed a video in Miami for a collaborative effort with labelchief Lil Wayne, which will also scheduled to appear on the album. The clip is slated to premier in coming weeks.