Duck and 21 Wild picked up where the “Honestly, it doesn’t matter” the album stopped on “Jimmy Cooks” and released the collaboration album “Her Loss”.
The Toronto and London-born rappers’ 16-track project was originally slated for an October 28 release, but was delayed a week after producer Noah “40” Shebib contracted COVID-19. On Friday, the project arrived.
Here’s everything we know about the duo’s latest installment, including a lyric that prompted a response from Megan Thee Stallion.
Which “Circo Loco” lyrics refer to Megan Thee Stallion?
Shortly after “Her Loss” was released, Twitter users caught wind of an apparent Megan the Stallion reference in the ninth track, “Circo Loco”.
The song borrows from Daft Punk’s “One More Time” but contains a “stallion” reference in the first verse: “That lie (expletive) is about to get shot, but she’s still a stallion. She doesn’t even get the joke, but she’s still smiling,” Drake raps.
While the line is about a woman who lies about receiving cosmetic photos, listeners denounced double meaning which builds on allegations that Tory Lanez shot Megan Thee Stallion in the foot. The case is heading to trial in December.
Megan Thee Stallion addressed the lyrics on Twitter on Friday, saying rappers need to “stop using my shot for weight.”
In a tweeting later, she wrote, “People attack me, y’all go. I’m defending myself now, I’m overdoing it…every time, it never ends and it didn’t happen until I came out and said I got shot.”
Drake received more backlash on Friday for referencing Alexis Ohanian in “Middle of the Ocean” with the lyrics “Sidebar, Serena, your husband a groupie.”
Ohanian replied tweeting a picture of himself, his wife Serena Williams and their daughter Olympia, saying he’s the “best groupie” in his family.
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What artists and songs are on ‘Her Loss?’
A two-for-one Drake and 21 Savage combo isn’t uncommon. The two shared the mic on “Mr. Right Now” from 21 savage 2020 “Savage Mode II” and in turn 21 Savage was featured on Drake’s 2021 “Certified Lover Boy” with “Knife Talk”. Most recently, the two closed out Drake’s 2022 offering “Honestly, It Doesn’t Matter” with “Jimmy Cooks.”
“Her Loss” features 16 songs with the two artists exchanging verses.
Drake, 36, raps solo on four songs and 21 Savage, 30, takes the reins on “3 AM on Glenwood,” a timestamped track Drake is known for including on his albums. Travis Scott also makes an appearance on the 10th track. Lil Yachty has songwriting credits on multiple tracks and lends his signature vocals for ad-libs sprinkled throughout “Major Distribution” and “BackOutsideBoyz.”
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Who’s on the cover of “Her Loss”?
Drake revealed the cover of “Her Loss” on Nov. 2 which features a profile photo of a woman with a Nelly-style bandage on her cheek, long eyelashes, a partial gold grille, and a Chanel earring.
The subject of the album cover is artist Quiana Yasuka, also known as Suki Baby.
“I chose this cover because this photo is so raw…so authentic…not fabricated…Suki can’t and will only be suki,” Lil Yachty wrote. on Instagram Friday with a photo of the cover of “Her Loss”.
Did Drake and 21 Savage appear on the cover of Vogue or did they do a Tiny Desk?
Not exactly. The duo embarked on a pseudo press tour to create momentum around “Her Loss”.
On the Sunday before the release, Drake posted a photo of himself and 21 Savage on the cover of Vogue for the October issue, though the rappers aren’t the magazine’s cover stars. The doctored cover contained the titles actually used in the issue, which featured Jennifer Lawrence on the cover.
USA TODAY has reached out to Vogue for a statement.
Drake followed up the fake coverage with a mockup of an NPR Tiny Desk segment, released Wednesday, which also didn’t happen.
“Thanks to @nprmusic @tinydesk for having the gang,” he subtitled the clip which featured the rappers in front of a live band in what looked like the NPR set.
NPR confirmed the Tiny Desk setup was wrong but replied on Twitter wrote, “Let’s do it for real.”
One day before release Drake published another fake press article which included an interview on SiriusXM’s “Howard Stern Show.” The parody depicted Stern asking Drake, who runs Sirius XM Sound station 42, his porn preferences as well as when he was considering settling down.
“Absolutely NO filters with the incomparable @sternshow 🥀 thanks for having us,” Drake captioned Thursday’s post.
USA TODAY has contacted SiriusXM for more information.