Mixtape millionaire, Drake, showed hip hop how things were done when he dominated the game with his mixtape, So Far Gone. For the entire year of 2009, he released hit singles and became a household name. Drake was able to do this with a mixtape that he did on his own and with no label backing him. It did not take long for Lil Wayne to catch wind of Drake and officially sign him to Young Money.
When Drake signed his official deal with Young Money, he began working on his debut album. From the start, he had been talking about the album, which he named Thank Me Later. He promised that the album would end up being truly special. Unlike most debut albums, Drake wanted to land big-name collaborations for this album. When he was still trying to recruit Jay-Z and Eminem for the album, he announced that Sade would appear on the album.
Sade was promoting her Soldier of Love album and she was enjoying the extra press that she was receiving from Drake. But, her album is out and is out-selling Lil Wayne. Now, she has decided to set the record straight. Contrary to Drake’s announcement, Sade said that she was never contacted by anyone in Drake’s camp. She also said that she has never collaborated and never will because she does not like to work outside of her comfort zone.
While Drake did not land Sade for his album, he was able to land Lil Wayne, Eminem, Jay-Z, and Kanye West. There is no set release date for Thank Me Later, but it will be released in June 2010 on Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records, and Universal Motown.