Drake could be cementing his allegiance with the London grime scene as Skepta has confirmed the pair are working on a new collaboration. The Young Money rapper is set to release his fourth studio album Views From The 6 on 29 April and it could feature a special appearance from his favourite Boy Better Know MC.
Skepta, real name Joseph Adenuga, is currently putting together his upcoming album Konnichiwa but states that he decided not to ask Drake, 29, to feature on his own record. In a candid interview with Beats 1 Radio host Zane Lowe, Skepta said of their anticipated collaboration: "We're trying to do something for his record, it makes more sense to be on his record rather than mine. Trying to rush fake music or trying to act like you two are friends... We're just eradicating all that and just doing greatness as friends."
The rappers have built a friendship over the last couple of years and most recently collaborated on the acclaimed remix of Wizkid's afrobeats song Ojuelegba. In March 2016, Drake announced while on stage at Section Boyz's gig in London that he had signed to Skepta's Boy Better Know record label, which also hosts the MC's brother JME. Drake, real name Aubrey Graham, later confirmed the news on Instagram writing: "The first Canadian signed to BBK. Big up my brudda @skeptagram for life yeah. And my section gunners too."
Drake and Skepta, 33, have shared the stage together multiple times in recent months, most notably during Drizzy's headline set at London's Wireless festival in July 2015. An official tracklist for the Canadian rapper's Views From The 6 album is yet to be released but it is expected to feature collaborations with Popcaan, Wizkid, Jay Z, Kanye West and Pimp C with production once again from his long-time colleague Noah "40" Shebib.
The Hotline Bling hitmaker has plenty to celebrate before the album is even released as his latest track One Dance, which features Wizkid and Kyla, is on course to enjoy its second week at number one on the UK charts having shifted more than 72,000 units combined. Ahead of the release of Views From The 6, Drizzy has also opened a pop-up store in New York City where fans can buy new merchandise in relation to the album.
Skepta is due to release Konnichiwa on 6 May and told DJ Lowe that he has felt pressure to deliver a perfect album since announcing the record in 2015. The MC explained: "I'm not gonna ever announce that I'm going to do an album again. Waking up with that on your head almost doesn't allow you to make the best album you can. That's why it's taken me so long."