With his knee nearly healed from a July stage injury, Drake says he's ready to get back to work in earnest on his debut album, still tentatively titled "Thank Me Later" and due out in February.
"I'm able to walk around, so I'm working very hard on the album," the singer-rapper-actor tells Billboard.com, adding that his rehab period impaired his writing as well as his mobility. "I've been out of the scene for so long because I've been off my leg," explains Drake, who's planning to head out to Los Angeles on Oct. 11 for more writing and recording. "Sitting at home in your apartment and having a doctor come over every day and eating healthy and going to the gym -- there's not much of a rap album to be made off that. I have to get my inspiration and start seeing things and going to dinners and meeting people again and just finding stories to tell for this album. I'm trying to make something timeless."
Drake -- who's EP, "So Far Gone," debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 in September -is planning to release the album's first "story," the single "Shut it Down," in the near future, though it might not come out until January.