After first announcing it in August 2020 and following two postponed releases, Drake finally delivered on his promises when he dropped the highly-anticipated Certified Lover Boy–his sixth studio album–amidst a long-running feud with Kanye West, who also recently dropped an album of his own, the controversy-plagued DONDA. And while most fans celebrated CLB as an undoubted masterpiece by the Toronto-based rapper, for some Dancehall fans, the album proved to be yet another giant middle finger in the face of their aspirations to see a major Drake and Popcaan collaboration.
Back in 2019 when Drake first announced at Unruly Fest that Popcaan had been signed to OVO Sound, fans were excited at the prospect that the two would be working on new music together, particularly given their success on Drake’s 2016 BET Hip Hop Award-nominated Song of the Year – Controlla. Perhaps as a sign of things to come, however, in that same year (2016), when Drake ultimately released his 6X Platinum album, Views, fans immediately noticed that Popcaan was unexplainably cut from the album’s version of Controlla. Then, just two years later, in 2018, when Drake released the unsurprisingly 5x Platinum and Grammy-nominated album, Scorpion (which had Song of the Year – God’s Plan), there were no signs of the Unruly Boss to be found. And now, with the features-heavy CLB dominating the headlines, Popcaan’s name is yet again evidently missing from the impressive line-up of artists, which includes: JAY-Z, Future, Travis Scott, Lil Wayne, Young Thug, 21 Savage, Ty Dolla $ign, Kid Cudi, Rick Ross, Lil Baby, and Project Pat.
And fans noticed. Following the release of CLB – fans who were expecting a Popcaan feature immediately fired up a Tweetstorm, blasting Drake for again not giving Popcaan his due in the limelight. Even before CLB dropped, one fan foreshadowed his response to the album release with the Tweet: “If Popcaan not on Drake’s album, we can just call him a Culture Vampire, right? Or nah? All this OVO Unruly thing woulda jus null and void at this point, because this would be about album #5 that Poppy is not on since he’s been “signed” to OVO”.
If Popcaan not on Drake’s Album we can just call him a Culture Vampire right .. or nah ? All this OVO Unruly thing woulda jus null and void at this point .. Because this would be about Album #5 Poppy is not on since he’s been “signed” to OVOStamma & The New Coup (@THESTAMMA) September 2, 2021