Earlier this week, we rounded up what we thought Drake would address on his fifth studio album, Scorpion. And while he spent many lines talking about his son and the situation with his son's mother, we weren't necessarily expecting him to discuss his Cash Money deal, which he signed back in 2009. On the last track on the A side, "Is There More," Drake appears to make things crystal clear.
Soon as this album drop I'm out of the deal
In the house playin' D'Angelo, "How Does It Feel?"
The status of Drake's label situation has been a constant conversation. Back in 2016, Ebro tweeted that Drake's Cash Money deal would be over after More Life dropped. That didn't appear to happen, but Drake's stood in support of Lil Wayne throughout Wayne's Cash Money woes. "We are fighting until you get yours" is how Drake spoke on the situation back when Wayne said "fuck Cash Money" during Drake's Summer Sixteen Tour.
In 2015, Birdman told Angie Martinez that Drake and Nicki Minaj wouldn't be going anywhere, even if Lil Wayne got off Cash Money. That same year, there was confusion over whether If You're Reading This It's Too Late would even count towards his Cash Money deal (spoiler alert: it did). Two years later, on their "Family Feud Freestyle," Drake made a point to once again speak about Wayne's label situation.
I'm thinking of paying Wayne what Universal owes
My n***a spent a lifetime going platinum and gold
He should own half of the label, shit out of control
If Drake truly is gone, he has options. He has a partnership with Apple that could allow him to essentially drop music whenever he damn well pleases. If not, it shouldn't be hard for him to drop music via the Warner Bros.-distributed OVO Sound imprint. Either way, if Drake's "Is There More" lines are facts, it sounds like this next chapter of his could be very interesting.