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Drake enlists Black Coffee, TRESOR and Esona on surprise album ‘Honestly, Nevermind’

In true Drake fashion, the Toronto rapper has shaken the internet with the arrival of his latest album, cheekily titled Honestly, Nevermind. This is the rapper’s first release since 2021’s Certified Lover Boy, and it comes as a surprise because there wasn’t any prior promotion leading up to its release. Instead, he just announced the new LP on Instagram yesterday evening (16 June), attaching the album art with the caption: “7th studio album ‘Honestly, Nevermind’ out at midnight.” He subsequently posted another post displaying the album’s tracklist. 

Boasting 14-tracks, Honestly, Nevermind falls within the dance genre category. An audacious move by Drake, who is known more as a trendsetting rapper and R&B singer. The album features substantial production from South African legendary house and dance DJ, Black Coffee, who has collaborated with Drake before (2017’s More Life on the song “Get It Together” with Jorja Smith).

Black Coffee’s son Esona is also credited as a co-producer on one of the songs, “Texts Go Green”, along with his dad. In total, Black Coffee is credited as producer on three songs, “Texts Go Green”, “Currents” and “Overdrive”. This is in addition to his role as Executive Producer, alongside Drake’s longtime producer and friend Noah “40” Shebib, Gordo, Alex Lustig, Drake’s manager Oliver El-Khatib and Noel Cadastre.

South African affiliated and Congolese born and raised singer, songwriter and music producer, TRESOR appears as an “additional vocalist” on three songs, “Currents”, “Down Hill,” and “Tie That Binds”.

The only featured artist on the album is 21 Savage, who appears on the album closer “Jimmy Cooks”.

Listen to the full album below:

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