One day after surprising fans with his seventh studio album Drake has spoken out in defense of its criticism.
The 35-year-old music artist appeared in a video posted to Twitter in which he said, ‘That’s what we do. We wait for you to catch up.’
Fans had previously turned to social media to give mixed and shocked reviews at the dance-themed project.
Speaking out: One day after surprising fans with his seventh studio album Drake has spoken out in defense of its criticism
The twelve-second video clip was shared by the Twitter account Rap Alert and in it the musician was barely visible as he was in a dark room.
One of the songs from his 14-track release played in the background as he gave viewers his two cents.
At the top of the snippet he said, ‘It’s all good if you don’t get it yet,’ before finishing with, ‘We caught up already. On to the next.’
Drake – real name Aubrey Graham – shocked followers by announcing he’d be dropping new music at midnight on Thursday with just a few hours notice.
Nevermind: Drake’s new album, Honestly, Nevermind has been panned by fans after the rapper opted to go in a new musical direction
Yet after staying up to listen to the tracks, fans were not impressed, questioning why he’d opted for a creative change and released a house music album.
Taking to Twitter, fans penned: ‘Honestly Nevermind is quite frankly what drake should have done before he decided to release whatever the fuck this album is.’; ‘Drake is in his laziest era and it will impact his legacy in the long run, constantly choosing relevancy over creating high quality bodies of work.’
‘Pretending to agree with people that Drake’s “surprise” album is actually good is exhausting. It’s whack.’; ‘Drake dropped Scorpion and I really thought it was hands down his worst album ever, but NEVER did I think his next album would be worse and the NEXT album even WORSE than THAT. omg.’
Clapping back: The 35-year-old music artist appeared in a video posted to Twitter in which he defended his new music, saying, ‘That’s what we do. We wait for you to catch up’
Living life! Graham took to Instagram on Saturday to share a carousel of new photos that proved further how unbothered he is by the bad reviews
Buddies of his appeared in the photos, dressed in the same shirt as him and decked out in flashy jewelry
Graham took to Instagram on Saturday to share a carousel of new photos that proved further how unbothered he is by the bad reviews.
He wrote in the caption ‘Sympathetic 22,’ which corresponded with his camouflaged shirt that said ‘sympathy’ on it in capital orange lettering.
The father-of-one sipped from a wine glass and flashed his middle finger in one photo.
Private flight: The media figure busied himself with his phone as a display of silver balloons that read his album title floated nearby on a private jet
Peace! The chart topper couldn’t wipe the huge smile off his face after sharing his seventh full album
The hitmaker shared outtakes with a slew of various friends, including DJ Khaled in one.
Other buddies of his appeared as well, with some dressed in the same shirt as him and decked out in flashy jewelry.
Another snapshot showed the successful media figure enjoying a flight on a private jet.
He busied himself with his phone as a display of silver balloons that read his album title floated against a nearby wall.
Squad: Drake and his friends coordinated as they celebrated his new album release
Summer album: The Canadian rapper, 35, posted the cover art for the project on Thursday which is his seventh studio album, following last year’s release of Certified Lover Boy
While plenty of listeners were displeased, some were happy with the new music, however, who tweeted: ‘Drake did a ting though. Can’t even hate. Respect the artist and the boundaries he pushed on this one’; ‘Is Drake new album good or did it just catch me in a great mood this morning.’
It came after Drake sent fans into a frenzy when he posted the cover art for the project, which is his seventh studio album, following last year’s release of Certified Lover Boy.
‘7th studio album “HONESTLY, NEVERMIND” out at midnight,’ the Canadian hitmaker captioned the photo, simply featuring the name of the new album.
Panned: After staying up to listen to the tracks, fans were not impressed, questioning why he’d opted for a creative change and released a house music album
Drake then released the tracklist for the project, which was comprised of 14 titles including Falling Back, Calling My Name, and Jimmy Cooks – a reference to Jimmy Brooks, the popular character he played on the Canadian teen series Degrassi.
The album came as a complete surprise, with the musician doing no prior promotion for it.
The exciting announcement was liked by nearly 2 million of his followers within the first two hours, including former rap rival Kanye West, 45.
The swiftness of the new project might be partly due to the God’s Plan star’s reported recent singing of a $400 million recording contract earlier this year.
Tracklist: Drake also released the tracklist for the project, which was comprised of 14 titles including Jimmy Cooks- a reference to Jimmy Brooks, the popular character he played on the Canadian teen series Degrassi
On May 3 Sir Lucian Grainge – head of Universal Music Group – confirmed that Drake signed a massive ‘expansive, multi-faceted deal’ with the label, as reported by Variety.
The deal ‘encompasses recordings, publishing, merchandise and visual media projects.’
Drake’s Certified Lover Boy, was released via his own imprint OVO Sound under license to Republic Records (owned by UMG).
The album landed him a nomination for Best Rap Album and Best Rap Performance at the 2022 Grammy Awards.
However, the artist – who’s won four Grammys in the past – withdrew himself from running for the awards.
The chart-topper has been known to be critical of the Grammys, and in a response to a Grammy snub of The Weeknd in 2020, he wrote on Instagram urging for a new platform.
‘I think we should stop allowing ourselves to be shocked every year by the disconnect between impactful music and these awards and just accept that what once was the highest form of recognition may no longer matter to the artists that exist now and the ones that come after.’
He added, ‘This is a great time for somebody to start something new that we can build up over time and pass on to the generations to come.’
Last project: Drake’s last album landed him a nomination for Best Rap Album and Best Rap Performance at the 2022 Grammy Awards, though he withdrew himself from running; Certified Lover Boy album cover