The Toronto superstar linked with Jay-Z for the first half of the album’s outro, “Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2.” Yet the song nearly found itself in the belly of the Magna Carta … Holy Grail tracklist.
During his sit down for Elliott Wilson’s Myspace-sponsored #CRWN interview series last night (Sept. 22) at NYU’s Skirball Center, Drake revealed that he’d heard Jay’s verses while working with Beyoncé.
“I had the nerve to ask Jay if I could not only get that song from him,” Drake remembers, “but if I could get the acappella because I had an idea for it. He sent me the two verses acappella—he told me, I never do this.”
Soon after, Noah “40” Shebib to cooked up a beat that Drake says was good, but a bit too nostalgic. “I was like, this is like some Foxy Brown album cut… too Ill Na Na,” he quipped, referencing Foxy’s debut LP.
Boi-1da cracked the code with what would become the final instrumental.
“The beat brought the Jay verses to life,” Drake says. “I sent the song back to Jay—and that was when it almost became a Jay-Z song. But he’s such a good guy, he was like, ‘I gave you my word.’ I don’t know what I’d do without that guy sometimes, he’s just full of gems and advice.”
Drake adds that he’s proud of the collaborations that he’s done with Hov, from “Pound Cake” to Thank Me Later’s “Light Up.” But there’s one that he would’ve done differently.
“I wasn’t supposed to be on that hook [of ‘Off That’],” Drake says of The Blueprint 3’s trend-snubbing album cut. “I wrote it as a reference and it ended up making the album. If I was going to be on that hook, I probably would’ve said different things. At that time, who’s going to say no? I was just grateful to be on the album.”
Drake’s anticipated Nothing Was The Same LP drops tomorrow (Sept. 24). —John Kennedy