"I was like ‘Yeah ok, who?’ and when they said Drake I was like ‘Yeah right!’"
The UK artist Drake sampled on new song ‘One Dance’ has spoken about how she thought the news was an April fool’s joke.
Kyla’s 2008 song ‘Do You Mind’, itself a collaboration with Crazy Cousinz, is featured on Drake’s ‘One Dance’ which was released last week alongside Kanye West/ Jay Z collaboration ‘Pop Style’. Drake thanked grime DJ Logan Sama for his help bringing the track together.
Speaking to Trevor Nelson on BBC Radio 1Xtra over the weekend, Kyla revealed that the collaboration has helped spur her back into music after she took an extended break in recent years in order to have a family.
“I got a call a while back, and I was getting loads of emails,” Kyla told Nelson. “To be honest, I was really bad and kept putting them aside like ‘I’ll call later’. You know how it is, sometimes we’ve had things come in and they fall through at the last minute. When we phoned, the company said ‘A huge international star wants to sample your tune and they wanna have a meeting with you’. I was like ‘Yeah ok, who?’ and when they said Drake I was like ‘Yeah right!’ We signed papers and I still didn’t believe it. I had a feeling someone was gonna say to me ‘April Fools’.”
Kyla also spoke about how she ended up as a featured artist on the song, not just a credited sample. “They said they wanted it to be a sample at first,” she said. “That’s what they originally contacted me for, then when we got on the phone and had chats, they were like ‘how would you like to be a feature instead?’”
Drake will release new album ‘Views From The 6’ on April 29. Last Wednesday (April 6), Drake teased his highly-anticipated new album by projecting an image of some artwork for the project onto a building in London.
Drake’s last official album, ‘Nothing Was The Same’, was released in 2013, but he released a pair of mixtapes in 2015: ‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late’ and, with Future, ‘What A Time To Be Alive’.
Drake has since shared a 30-second trailer for the album on Twitter – watch below.