- 17 Jun 22
The follow-up to 2021's Certified Lover Boy includes 14 songs, and was executive produced by Drake, longtime collaborator Noah “40” Shebib, Drake’s manager Oliver El-Khatib, Noel Cadastre, and Black Coffee.
Drake surprised fans with his seventh studio album last night, titled Honestly, Nevermind.
With extensive production from Black Coffee, Gordo, Alex Lustig and Beau Box; 21 Savage is the album’s sole featured artist, appearing on the last track titled 'Jimmy Cooks'.
Congolese singer Mukengerwa “Tresor” Riziki appears as an “additional vocalist” on 'Currents,' 'Down Hill,' and 'Tie That Binds.' The follow up to last year's Certified Lover Boy was engineered by Noah “40” Shebib, Luca Pretolesi, and Noel Cadastre.
The Canadian rapper announced his new LP on Instagram yesterday evening, with an image of the album art and the caption: “7th studio album ‘Honestly, Nevermind’ out at midnight.”
He later posted the tracklist before playing the new album this morning on his brand new SiriusXM Sound 42 show Table for One.
“I let my humbleness turn to numbness at times letting time go by knowing I got the endurance to catch it another time,” Drake wrote on his Apple Music page for the new album. “I work with every breath in my body cause it’s the work not air that makes me feel alive. That’s some real detrimental shit but that’s that shit my perfectionist mind doesn’t really mind because no one knows whats on my mind when I go to sleep at 9 & wake up at 5—unless I say it in rhyme.”
"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," he continued. "But I remember every single time someone shined a light in my eyes. I purposely try to forget what went on between some ppl and I because I know I’m not a forgiving guy even when I try."
He went on to describe the difficulty of trusting people at this level of fame.
"My urge for revenge wins the game against my good guy inside every single fckn time. I got plans I can’t talk about with more than like 4 guys because the last time I shared em with someone on the outside…well that’s another story for another night.
"I was tryna get thru that statement to get to saying I’m not @ a time in my life where pats on the shoulder help get me by. I’ll take loyalty over an oh my & emoji fire."
"I know if it was a dark night where all the odds were against my side & my skill went to whoever took my life they’d done me off with a big smile & maybe evn post it for some likes," he adds. "I know everyone that tells me they love me doesn’t love me all the time especially when im doing better than alright & they have to watch it from whatever point they at in their life.
I got here being realistic.
I didn’t get here being blind.
I know whats what and especially what and who is by my side
Dedicated to our brother V."
Drake released his sixth solo studio album, Certified Lover Boy, in September of 2021 and it quickly became a fan favourite. The project was initially slated to arrive in January of that year, but it was delayed following knee surgery.
The album shot to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, overtaking Kanye West’s Donda with what was at the time the biggest debut week of 2021. Following the record’s release, Drake shared music videos for 'Way 2 Sexy' and 'Knife Talk'.
Drake earned a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album (for Certified Lover Boy) and Best Rap Performance (for “Way 2 Sexy”) in November 2021. Not long after, Drake withdrew himself from contentious for the awards. Drake, who has won four gongs, has been critical of the academy in the past.
Certified Lover Boy marked the full-length follow-up to 2018’s Scorpion. In between those two LPs, Drake revealed Dark Lane Demo tapes in 2020 and his 2019 compilation Care Package.
Stream Honestly, Nevermind below.