Drake just earned his 11th #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with 'Honestly, Nevermind,' which is dedicated to the late visionary Virgil Abloh. Scroll to see 6 of the biggest secrets surrounding the disruptive new project.
1. Why Drake Feels Comfortable Expanding Beyond Rap
Nobody predicted that Drake would lean all the way into HOUSE music on his new album 'Honestly, Nevermind' but this kind of range is what makes him so great. He's talked before about being solidified in genres beyond hip-hop, including dancehall.
2. Why Drake Paid Tribute To Cultural Icon Virgil Abloh
Apple Music users might have noticed that Drizzy shared a poem along with the 14-track release where he opens up about fame, fake love, etc: "I can’t remember the last time someone put they phone down, looked me in the eyes and asked my current insight on the times. But I remember every single time someone shined a light in my eyes."
He also revealed the album is dedicated to the late Virgil, who moonlighted as a house-leaning DJ when he wasn't designing clothes.
3. The Clever Connection To 'Certified Lover Boy'
The timing of 'Honestly, Nevermind' seems perfect for two reasons.
First, it's the beginning of summer. But the more mind-blowing aspect is that it's been nine months since 'CLB' arrived, which showed pregnant women on the cover. (Nine months is the typical length of a pregnancy.) Did we mention it was released on Father's Day weekend, too?
4. Drake's Bold Response To Backlash From Fans
There are a lot of people who aren't feeling Drizzy's move away from rap and toward dance, even though he's played around with this genre on popular songs like "One Dance," "Passionfruit" and more.
He posted the below clip responding to the criticism: "It's all good if you don't get it yet, that's what we do. We wait for you to catch up."
5. Drake Seems Worried About Young Thug, Gunna & YSL
Having dropped numerous songs with both Young Thug and Gunna, Drizzy is breaking his silence on the shocking RICO case involving their Young Slime Life (YSL) crew.
Not only does the video for "Falling Back" feature a "Free YSL" graphic but he shows love to the late Lil Keed on "Jimmy Cooks" ("Rest in peace to Lil Keed") and Thugger on "Sticky" ("Free Big Slime out the cage").
6. Is Another 'Scary Hours' EP On The Clock?
While "Jimmy Cooks" feat. 21 Savage is a confirmed slap, fans are still hungry for more hard-hitting rap songs. Well, Drake confirmed there's a third 'Scary Hours' EP during the debut episode of his Table For One SiriusXM radio show, though it's going to stay stashed for "a little bit."
If there's one thing about Drizzy, he's never short on surprises.