Updated 10/27/2022 at 11:48 a.m. ET:
Sorry, Drake fans. You’ll have to wait a little longer for new music.
The superstar announced on his Instagram Stories that Her Loss, his joint album with 21 Savage, will be delayed one week and is now set to be released next Friday on Nov. 4. The “Hotline Bling” artist’s producer and engineer Noah “40” Shebib has contracted COVID-19, disrupting mixing and mastering on the project.
“Our brother @OVO40 got Covid while mixing and mastering the crack so he’s resting up and NOVEMBER 4th is HER LOSS day we’ll see you soon,” Drake wrote.
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Halfway through the new video for “Jimmy Cooks,” his latest collaboration with the Atlanta native, the on-screen text revealed “Her Loss, Album by Drake and 21 Savage, October 28, 2022.” The duo have previously worked together on the tracks 2021’s “Knife Talk,” 2020’s “Mr. Right Now,” and 2016’s “Sneakin,” so the decision to record a whole album doesn’t seem that crazy.
On Wednesday, while performing at the Morehouse-Spelman homecoming concert, the “Ball w/o You” artist brought out the “Laugh Now Cry Later” rapper for a live version of “Jimmy Cooks.” Perhaps this means we’ll also be getting a joint tour? Fan reaction to the announcement of Her Loss has ranged from overly enthusiastic to somewhat skeptical.
Accompanied by a list of their collaborations, one fan noted “they haven’t missed yet 4/4.”
One user questioned what Drake’s contributions will be, posting a photo of someone suffering from a back injury, seemingly implying that the “Bank Account” rapper will be carrying the Certified Lover Boy, tweeting, “21 savage after this album drops.”
Someone dealing with very mixed feelings tweeted, “Its like i want new 21 Savage music but i dont want drake to be included idk.”
Another fan showed their excitement by comparing the pair to one of the most successful duos in NBA history, tweeting a gif of a young Kobe and Shaq with the caption, “Drake & 21 Savage in the studio rn.”
Sorry, no. As a lifelong Lakers fan, I cannot sign off on any comparisons to Shaq and Kobe. That’s out of bounds.
As one of the most streamed artists of 2022, Drake will likely have another hit on his hands with Her Loss, but it will be extremely interesting to see how fans feel about the album. Honestly, Nevermind, released in June, sort of got lost in the craziness of Beyonce’s Renaissance, so this is his chance to finish the year strong.