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New Music: Drake feat. Jay-Z “Light Up” (Prod. by Noah “40″ Shebib and Tone Mason) (with Evil Empire mixtape tags, via Splash)


The build up for this song has been insane….

Working with Jay was one of the most key moment in my life.” (Drake to DJ Semtex)

there’s a Jay-Z/Drake track that he played for us – minus Jay’s verse. Jay-Z doesn’t let anyone hear his stuff before it comes out. Drake claims it is the greatest verse Jay’s ever done.” (Ace Burpee, Winnipeg Free Press)

It’s real rap…It’s great. The perspective, the dynamic on the track — it’s me and Jay’s relationship on the song, basically. When you hear it, people will be like, ‘Oh man.’” (Drake to MTV)

It was like, ‘Man, this is a moment. This sounds like where I’m at in my life.’ So, we took it and 40 did what he does…Jay-Z’s on it. The song is phenomenal…” (Drake to MTV)

Now 3 weeks away from Drake’s Thank Me Later release, two songs leaked: “Fireworks” featuring Alicia Keys, which Drake has been performing on tour. And, the long awaited Jay-Z duet, “Light Up.” Does it live up to the anticipation?

I love the song already. And I’m genuinely excited to hear the entire album and see him perform at Summerjam next week.

UPDATE 6-1-10: Well apparently someone is slowly leaking all of Drake’s album via video…but that’s no bueno. However, the official untagged version of this Drake x Jay-Z is very necessary, because I was getting worried that a generation of non-savvy listeners would not buy the album and only hear this chopped and screwed-up radio edit….and forever think that Drake says “Like Fredro Star was in Sunset Park stunting hard in his yellow Grammer….” LOL. Thanks to Splash for the CDQ

After the jump: T.I. tells Angie Martinez that he thinks that Drake will go gold (500k+ albums sold) in his first week…Drake talks about “Light Up” back in 2009, before Jay-Z was even on the song…and more

Related:
Complex Mag’s Thank Me Later preview
ATF has great photos by Derick G of Drake on tour

Previously:
New Music: Drake feat. Lil Wayne “Miss Me” (CD Quality) (Updated)

New Music: Drake x Jeezy, The Roots and Soulja Boy x Justin Bieber

New Music: Drake “9AM in Dallas” freestyle

Drake performs “Fireworks” and “Free Weezy” at the BMI Showcase


T.I. and Angie Martinez, talking about his recent prison release, but also about Drake’s upcoming debut.

And the here talking about the song, after Jay-Z got on it.