Drake was one of the Weeknd‘s earliest supporters, with the two Toronto artists first collaborating on Thursday‘s “The Zone” in 2011. While the rapper does not appear on the Weeknd’s latest LP Beauty Behind the Madness, Drake took to his OVO Sound radio show on Beats 1 to freestyle a new verse for that album’s Kanye West-co-produced track “Tell Your Friends” (via Pitchfork).
“The ball is in your court / No defense, nobody keeping score / No offense but I’ve played this before / Maybe you can but you just don’t care anymore / Evolve,” Drake sing-raps from “the Waldorf in Berlin” to a woman that reminds him “of Jane Birkin.” “And I’m right back here, like I said I would / You were never a good girl but you’re a better woman now / Evolve.”
As two of Toronto’s most prominent artists, Drake and the Weeknd’s Abel Tesfaye have frequently worked together in recent years. After “The Zone,” the Weeknd was tasked with remixing Drake’s pre-Take Care single “Trust Issues” in 2011; Tesfaye also contributed to a pair of tracks off that LP, “Crew Love” and “The Ride.” Drake next appeared on “Live For,” a single off the Weeknd’s 2013 major label debut Kiss Land.
Drake’s freestyle over the soulful “Tell Your Friends” comes after the Weeknd dropped his surreal, violent music video for the Beauty Behind the Madness track that spotlights Tesfaye’s drug-fueled teenage years in the Six. “As soon as I stepped foot in the city, it was a feeling I got addicted to,” he recently told Rolling Stone. “Lights, no sleep — either you’re going to make it or die trying.”