Drake Brought New Music, Food, and Orchestras to the 6
There are no woes in the 6 this week. Despite being one of the hottest rappers of the year, Drake somehow found time to kill the game even further with a surprise mixtape drop and the opening of a restaurant—and it’s only Tuesday. It takes me at least four days to even begin to consider doing something productive that doesn’t involve cooking quesadillas or trying (and failing) to make it to class on time. To help make sense of the Week in Drake, we took to the Internet, listened to the new album, and dusted off his best Drake jokes to bring you the latest news about the world’s fav sad boy rapper.
Drake x Future Collab for Apple Music-Exclusive Mixtape
If you didn’t know that every Sunday at 6PM you could listen to Drake’s soulful voice lull you to sleep on his OVO Sound Beats 1 radio show, you do now and you’re welcome. As part of his exclusive deal with Apple Music, Drake gets to look cute in vintage Apple employee jackets, run a radio show, and apparently break the Internet whenever he wants by dropping surprise mixtapes. First it was the Apple-exclusive debut of If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late before its physical release and now Drake has brought the fire again with a new album, called What a Time to Be Alive, unveiled on Sunday’s show. Taking a break from his no new friends attitude, his latest effort is a creative collaboration with Future—another rapper who’s also having a huge year thanks to his fiery album Dirty Sprite 2.
While discussing the mixtape on the radio show, Drake revealed that the original plan was to do a few songs with Future but explained on his radio show that, “when you get around Future, it’s like a vortex, that guy can outwork anybody right now. It’s tough to see someone do four, five songs in one night and not try to match it.”
Produced almost exclusively by Metro Boomin and featuring album art that is literally just a stock image of diamonds from Shutterstock, the 11-track mix is the perfect soundtrack to blast as you switch from shorts to sweaters and head up north to your new favorite Canadian culinary hotspot.
Drake DJed the Grand Opening of His New Restaurant
Fresh off his Future collab, Drake teamed up with celebrity chef Susur Lee to open a new restaurant in the heart of Toronto called Fring’s. With Drake DJing, it was only natural that resident youth sage Jaden Smith and sports superstar Serena Williams would show up to dance out their woes. Jaden reportedly danced “like a boss” until curfew passed and the Smith supermom Jada Pinkett came to swoop in and take him home. No word yet on whether the menu features “filets with the truffle butter” or if the spot is handicap accessible for the Wheelchair Jimmy’s of the world, but we do know the opening set the tone for it to be the hottest spot for foodies and hip hop fans alike to drown their woes in a plate of gourmet food.
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra Covered Drake’s “Know Yourself”
Going from the kitchen to the concert hall, Drake’s soulful soundtrack to your emotional date with a pint of ice cream got the symphonic treatment at the 2015 Polaris Music Prize Gala. The event honored the best album of the year by a Canadian act and featured a shortlist that included Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, The New Pornographers‘ Brill Bruisers, Caribou’s Our Love, BADBADNOTGOOD/Ghostface Killah‘s Sour Soul, and Buffy Sainte-Marie‘s Power in the Blood, and others. Although the 6 God lost out on the grand prize to Buffy Sainte-Marie, the Internet still won because we can now light up a joint, put a monocle in our eye, and act fancy as fuck while we listen to the orchestra’s cover of “Know Yourself.”
With four days left of the week, we can only speculate on what kind of Drake news could drop that will continue slaying the Internet, but the Milk office has it’s money down on a Kia-exclusive air freshener that smells like champagne and tears.
Images and video via Drake and Future’s Instagrams, Vine, Youtube, and Shutterstock.