On his latest single ‘Away From Home,’ Drake recently recalled the time he worked with NWA legend Dr Dre as a songwriter and, in his lyrics, has told fans, “that took patience.”
On his track ‘Away From Home,’ which features on his latest album For All The Dogs, the Toronto native raps, “My life like ‘The Matrix’ / Even got on 106 & Park with “Replacement”/ My mama was my manager, my uncle was my agent/Dr Dre’ll send a n*gga home, that took patience.”
However, this latest set of lyrics is not the first time Drake has addressed his job as a songwriter for Dr Dre. In 2016, for the book The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory by John Seabrook, the Canadian told the story of when he worked under Dr Dre when he was around 19, in 2005.
For an interview, Drake elaborated on this period of his life, “It was some of the most strenuous militant shit I’ve ever done. But no useable songs came out of it. When I think of how he worked us, it’s no wonder he didn’t get anything out of it. It was just writers in a room churning out product all day long.”
Although Drake has been releasing singles such as ‘Away From Home’ and ‘Slime You Out’ featuring SZA, the new Drake album is yet to be released. The RIAA projects it will generate enormous numbers in its first week of approximately 400–450K units in its first week.
This projection would provide For All The Dogs with the fourth-highest first-week album sales behind Taylor Swift, Morgan Wallen, and Travis Scott’s Utopia which was a highly-anticipated project.
The exact details of the album are still unclear. However, For All The Dogs has 23 songs in total and should see contributions from the likes of Teezo Touchdown, 21 Savage, J. Cole and Chief Keef, to name a few. It is the artist’s first album since last year’s Her Loss.