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Drake Nabs Stevie Wonder for Next Album

August 1, 2011

2011 will forever go down as the year of the collaboration. From Jay-Z and Kanye’s new albumdropping August 8th, to Lou Reed and Metallica’s mysterious pairing, to Lil Wayne and Paris Hilton (cough cough) yes, Paris Hilton…this has been one mixed up year.

Drake's sophomore release received a legendary boost by veteran producer and musician Stevie Wonder.

Last night, rapper and Young Money member Drake announced during an interview with MuchMusic his latest partner on his forthcoming album, Take Care, set for an October 24th release.

Soul, funk and all-around music legend Stevie Wonder has apparently contributed production advice, written for the album and more. An impeccable addition, considering that Drake’s sophomore release, which faces the challenge of eclipsing his monumental 2010 debut, Thank Me Later, is now strengthened by the one of the industry’s leading virtuosos.

“He helped me out with a lot of the music, just came and sat with me, listened to my music, told me where I could add a couple things to make it more sonically appealing,” Drake said. “And not only that but we actually are writing together, which is an incredible experience.”

The rapper noted that Wonder provided input on six of the album’s tracks, rather than his intended two.

This announcement comes at an opportune time for the duo, after Wonder made an appearance at Drake’s special hometown event, “October’s Very Own Festival,” held in Toronto, Canada. The second year festival included performances by Rick Ross and The Weeknd, including explosive surprise appearances by Lil Wayne and Nas.

Wonder has lent his talents to six tracks on Drake's upcoming album.

Nice little festival you got there Drake… That’s a local man right there.

You can hear the alleged first single from Take Care, entitled “Headlights,” below:

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