MusicEverything We Know About Drake and Kanye West's Joint Album
A timeline of hints, clues, and innuendoes.
When Drake first rose to prominence in 2009 with his mixtape So Far Gone, his main inspiration was clear—Kanye West. His tape sounded like it was crafted in honor of West's then-just-released album, 808s & Heartbreak, doubling down on the icy feel and emotional lyrics. In 2016, Drake still says Kanye West is one of his biggest inspirations, and West produced Drake's "Find Your Love" in 2009 and directed the video for "Best I Ever Had." But Drake's sound is now entirely his own, and just like Kanye cemented his "student becomes teacher" relationship with Jay Z with 2011's Watch The Throne, it appears Drake is gearing up to do the same with Kanye. A Kanye West x Drake joint album seems imminent—and here's every clue we've gotten that points toward an album-length collaboration between the two.
February 2015: Kanye announces that his song "Wolves," which he premiered at his Yeezy Season 1 fashion, came out of discussions with Drake about a joint album. "I dunno, it might happen 'cause I threw it out here. He might be mad that I mentioned it on y'all show cause he dislike y'all so much," he said on Hot97 radio in New York City.
February 2016: In February 2016, Drake is credited as a co-writer on Kanye West's song "30 Hours." (Note: Lines like "It's five in the mornin' you call down for an omelette / Girl you realize you at the Double Tree not the Aria / only thing that's open is Waffle House girl don't start with me" seem decidedly Drake-y.)
March 2016: In March 2016, a version of the song "Wolves" surfaces that features Drake singing the hook and Bjork singing a verse. On The Life of Pablo, the song features Vic Mensa and Sia.
April 2016: Kanye West appears on Drake's single "Pop Style," though his verse doesn't end up making the version featured on Drake's album Views.
August 2, 2016: Kanye West joins Drake on stage at OVO Fest, asks the crowd "Are you ready for this album?" He clarifies, "I wasn't talking about Pablo, I wasn't talking about Views."
August 29, 2016: A billboard surfaces in L.A. which reads "Calabasas is the new Abu Dhabi." The logos of both G.O.O.D. Music and OVO appear at the bottom of the billboard.
August 30, 2016: Kanye plays "Pop Style" on his Saint Pablo tour stop in Toronto, once again says "Y'all ready for this album?"
When it comes to both of these guys, though, it's best not to hold your breath. Kanye's seventh album (what ended up being TLOP) was supposed to drop in 2015, but didn't get released until February 2016. Similarly, many expected Views (then titled Views from the 6) in 2015, and it didn't get dropped until April 2016. If and when it does arrive, however, we'll be waiting. (And speculating on album titles. Dreezus? Views from the South Side? … Those aren't good. Please don't use those.)