Drake to ‘Lock the Door to the Studio’ for ‘Maybe a Year’ While He Focuses on His Health, Cites Stomach Issues

According to Drake, he's been dealing with "the craziest problems for years with my stomach."

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With Dogs now roaming the globe, Drake is looking ahead to taking “maybe a year” off from studio work.

During an episode of Table for One on SiriusXM, the “Summer Games” sequel denier first pondered how best to describe his new album, which marks his eighth solo studio release and first overall since his 21 Savage collab project Her Loss.

“How can I describe this album to you?” Drake said. “I’ll keep it short and sweet. Please don’t ask me what I feel if you can’t handle the real. That’s it, that’s it. I apologize in advance. That’s probably the ultimate title too. You know, to all my exes, I’ll tell you one thing: you know the value of every purse but you definitely don’t know the value of hard work. God bless you all though. I hope that these songs are songs that you can enjoy and you can tell people that they’re about somebody else.”

With that off his chest, Drake continued by hinting at his plans for what’s next.

“I probably won’t make music for a little bit, I’m gonna be honest,” he said. “I got some other things that I need to do for some other people that I made promises to but I probably won’t make music for a little bit. I’m gonna be real with you. I need to focus on my health, first and foremost. And I’ll talk about that soon enough. Nothing crazy, but I want people to be healthy in life and I’ve been having the craziest problems for years with my stomach.”

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Reiterating his desire to focus on his health, Drake said he needs to “get right” and plans to do exactly that.

“I have a lot of other thing that I would love to focus on so I’mma lock the door to the studio for a little bit,” he added. “I don’t even know what a little bit is. Maybe a year or something. Maybe a little longer.”

This isn't the first time Drake has publicly pondered taking some time off from music. In 2017, for example, he told the Hollywood Reporter he was planning "to take six months or a year to myself and do some great films."

Of course, at 23 tracks and nearly 85 minutes long, For All the Dogs gives fans plenty to feast on. Within minutes of the album's Friday morning rollout, fans were deep into lyrical detective mode, resulting in a lot of conversation about J. Cole's appearance on "First Person Shooter" and the surprising approach Drizzy took on opener "Virginia Beach."

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