“I been rapping a lot lately,” Drake told MTV News. “Me and 40 (Noah Shebib, his producer) have been doing some great rap music, so I sort of took a hiatus on the R&B for a second. It’s cool to do R&B, I love it, but it’s just hard for me to always commit to it. Because some nights, I get in there and 40’s beats, as melodic or R&B-driven as they may be, just have that right pocket that I just wanna spit.”
So far, Drake has released “I Get Lonely, Too,” the TLC tribute number he posted on his blog earlier this month. The song is an interpolation of the female group’s track “Fan Mail,” from their album of the same name. Drake sported a TLC T-shirt during his rehearsals for the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards.
He plans to put out two more songs from the mixtape next month before releasing the complete collection.
During a break from recording material for the mixtape, Drake has turned his attention to his sophomore set.
“I did this song the other night; I’ve now completed the second song for my album,” he revealed. “So I only had one song before for the new album; two nights ago, I did the second song. I’m loving it. I’m loving the sound. I’m excited again.”