Drake Says He’s Not Like Artists ‘That Go Away 3, 4, 5 Years and Wanna Chill’ While Teasing ‘For All the Dogs’ Album

On the first stop of his joint tour with 21 Savage, Drizzy also said he now understands when fans say they "miss that old Drake."

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If Drake is one thing, he’s prolific.

On the first stop of his joint It’s All a Blur Tour with 21 Savage in Chicago on Wednesday, Drizzy took jabs at artists who disappear for years between albums.

“I look around at all these faces, I know it’s summertime, I gotta give you shit!” the 36-year-old told his packed audience. He continued, not naming names, “I don’t know about these guys that go away three, four, five years and wanna chill out and all that shit. That’s not me.”

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While he didn't name names (and did say "guys"), a number of Drake's most popular contemporaries—Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Nicki Minaj, Frank Ocean, Rihanna, Jay-Z—have spent the last decade-plus leaving long stretches between projects, sometimes going completely MIA for several years.

It seems that the Toronto native is making good on his announcement from last month when he shared the impending arrival of his next album For All the Dogs, as well as his new poetry book, Titles Ruin Everything.

“With that being said, I got an album coming out soon for y’all, it's called For All the Dogs,” he continued. “I always hear people talking about, ‘Damn, we miss that old Drake.’ I really don’t understand what people mean, but then I did this show and I performed a lot of my old music, and I understand what you mean. You need more music so that you can feel good about your new lover, shit on your exes, get ready in the summer, get fly, get drunk, show love to your family, show love to your friends.”

The aforementioned show Drake is referencing was likely his pair of nostalgic, well-received concerts at the Apollo Theater in January that featured deep cuts and classics from his catalog. His April performance at the Dreamville Festival also had a retrospective feel, though not as major as the Apollo gigs, since he shared the stage with friend and collaborator J. Cole.

If For All the Dogs comes out this summer, it’ll be the fourth full-length offering from Drake in two years, after Certified Lover Boy, Honestly, Nevermind, and Her Loss with 21 Savage.

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