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Drakeo The Ruler Recruits Drake For 'Talk to Me': Listen

Drakeo The Ruler dropped his new The Truth Hurts mixtape on Wednesday morning (Feb. 24), and it includes the silky smooth Drake collaboration, "Talk to Me."

The chilled-out track opens with Drake in classic crooner mood, using his charm to remind a woman that he's the one that she wants.

"I don't know if what we have is love, but it's on my mind/ We might slide on a n---a inside this club, girl, close your eyes/ Fifteen brothers, no friends when I pull up, for peace of mind/ Lights come on, I'ma need you to come find me, don't be so shy," Drake sings over the minimal tick-tock beat. He brings his desire home on the chorus, singing, "'Cause I know you want me girl/ 'Cause I know you want me girl."

Drakeo takes the second verse, dropping his own moves in his signature mellow, rough-edged voice, "Don't be shy, I got killers with me, stupid/ I march with sticks, I ain't worried 'bout no groupies/ I know you want me 'cause your BD is a goofy/ Boss you up, your lifestyle could be exclusive/ But I don't know, 'cause you be hangin' 'round with losers."

The 17-track The Truth Hurts is South Central rapper Drakeo's first release since last year's Thank You For Using GTL and it follows his release in November after  a 34-month stint in jail on a controversial murder charge. The collection features additional guest spots from Don Toliver, Icewear Vezzo and Stinc Team members Ralfy the Plug and Ketchy the Great.

"I think about everything that I have gone through, and I'm motivated never to go back to jail," Drakeo (born Darrell Caldwell) said in a statement. "It's been fun. I'm dealing with cars, jewelry — all the stuff I imagined doing while I was in jail and couldn't do. Now I've got a song with Drake." The rapper said that he and Drake discussed a potential collaboration for years, only to have it interrupted by his sentence.

"Drake hit me up, and we made it happen," Drakeo said of their early 2021 session. "There's a lot of people that have worked their whole careers to get songs from him."

Listen to "Talk to Me" below.