After coming out of nowhere with the huge hit "Best I Ever Had" from the mix tape So Far Gone, Drake has been talking a lot about his debut full length. The album, Thank Me Later, is slated for a February release, but before it even comes out he may already be a Grammy winner. Drake is up for Best Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Song for "Best I Ever Had," and the awards will be given out on January 31.
"I can't say this is unexpected, because it's something that's kept me up many nights," the Toronto singer/rapper told Billboard.com. "I dreamed about this for a lot of years and have lost lots of sleep over it. This is like the highest honor and I am humbled by this. It's one of the few awards that isn't a popularity contest; you have to make great music to be honored, and this is completely surreal to me."
Meanwhile, Thank Me Later will feature guest spots from Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy and Jay-Z, and -- if Drake has his way -- Sade as well. "Shut It Down" and "Fireworks" are two tracks that are said to be on the album's final cut.
"The best part about So Far Gone was that I didn't focus on structure. The only thing that was consistent was the story and the emotion. That's what I want to do with this album," Drake told Billboard. "I make music for people to get lost in it, so, as long as it takes you somewhere, then I've succeeded."