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Kanye West Teases Drake Album Collabo at OVO Fest
Not content to merely surprise the fans in Toronto on Monday by just showing up on the final night of Drake's OVO Fest 2016, Kanye West blew them away by revealing that the dynamic duo might have a joint album in the works. "Toronto, I got one question for you," West said as he stood center stage and the crowd chanted his name, as seen in a fan-shot video.
"Is y'all ready for this album?," he added, cutting off the DJ and explaining himself. "Now, 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?" He then pointed to Drake, who came out on stage for a moment before Yeezus took the spotlight to perform "Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1."
Check out the clip.
While no official announcement has been made from either camp about a potential album, the pair have been talking about wanting to release a joint project for years. Before 'Ye dropped The Life of Pablo he told The Breakfast Club in 2015 that the song "Wolves" was inspired by discussions the pair had about collaborating.
"The 'Wolves' song came from a conversation that me and Drake had, when was gonna do an album together, and the album was called Wolves," he said at the time. Back in February, West also hinted that more good things were coming from the duo in a pair of tweets thanking Drake for helping him on Pablo and saying "we all got new shit together that's gonna drop soon."
I wanna thank my brother Drizzy for helping me on 30 Hours & Father Stretch My Hands.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 18, 2016
Drake would come by and just help, no strings. Future also came by to write. We all got new shit together that's gonna drop soon.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 18, 2016
In April, NME reported that Drake also dropped hints that he and 'Ye were close to releasing a mixtape, after a collabo on the Views track "Pop Style" (which also initially featured Jay Z) fell through. "I love [Kanye]. He's a really good guy. I grew up with him as a role model. Always given him credit that's why we're here right now. It's amazing to be his friend," Drake told Zane Lowe.
"We'll just sit and collaborate. We have a few things that we’ve worked on. It’s all about finding a place for it. We can link each other and discuss anything. Feeling a way on this or just leisure talk, we have a great relationship. I hope we get more music out. We were supposed to do a mixtape together an album together... You never know, he'll call me tonight and say, 'I'm putting these two songs out tonight'." Representatives for West and Drake could not be reached for further comment on the possible collaboration at press time.
The West hop-on at OVO was the topper to a weekend full of surprise cameos, including walk-outs by Rihanna, Sean Paul, French Montana and Future.
While we wait for the album, enjoy Kanye and Drake's "Pop Style" from OVO Fest.