There’s no question Drake dominated 2012 with stellar guest verses on songs from 2 Chainz, French Montana, DJ Drama, Meek Mill, and Kendrick Lamar. Ready to takeover the new year with his own music, the Toronto-native debuts his first solo record of 2013 in “Started From the Bottom.” Produced by the newest addition to his OVO collective in Mike Zombie, Drizzy’s new single was recorded the song on his birthday. Earlier this month we caught some flicks on-set of the accompanying visual directed by fellow Toronto-native Little X (“Hell Yeah Fuckin’ Right”).

Nah Right’s Nation also revealed a part of the video was also filmed in the Dominican Republic during a recent getaway trip. Expect the clip to debut during the Grammy Awards next weekend. Drake’s untitled third solo album is set to arrive later this year.

Listen to “Started From the Bottom” and read Drake’s message about his return after the jump…..

New Music: Drake – “Started From the Bottom” (prod. by Mike Zombie)

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My good friends,

It has truly been too long. I assume you’re all keeping well and making the most of this year that has been given to us. Today is the day to begin sharing my newest work with you. This is the first single off of my upcoming album. I feel sometimes that people don’t have enough information about my beginnings and therefore they make up a life story for me that isn’t consistent with actual events. My family and my second family (consisting of the best friends anybody could ever have) all struggled and worked extremely hard to make all this happen. I did not buy my way into this spot and it was the furthest thing from easy to achieve. I am proud of every part of my past and I’m excited for this song to find a place in your life as well. I didn’t feel I needed any interviews or radio or press to launch this song. It felt right to come back to the site that I started on and release it to the people that started here with me. Judging by this post, the tour that we’ve been planning, the conversations about new songs and album artwork…I think it’s safe to say we’re back together again. Looking forward to seeing you all soon.

via October’s Very Own

UPDATE: Download links added, courtesy of October’s Very Own.

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