By Chris Yuscavage
Now that Drizzy’s debut, Thank Me Later, has been certified platinum, the Toronto MC is turning his attention toward his as-yet-untitled sophomore album, which should hit stores sometime in 2011. Most recently, he revealed that he’s interested in getting into the studio with Justin Timberlake sometime soon.
“[Justin] always has great things to say, amidst the funny moments,” he explained to Sway on early Sunday morning (November 7). “The best thing about Justin, he reinforces the fact, like, ‘You’re doing the right thing. The way you are now, just be that guy.’
But why stop at working with Justin? With all of the success Drake’s enjoyed over the course of the last year, we’re sure there are a handful of other pop stars who’d be more than open to recording with him in the near future. To help him out, RapFix came up with a list of 10 pop stars Drake should target for his next project. Don’t worry, Drizzy—you can thank us later.
Drake x Lady Gaga
The rap blogs would literally crumble under the weight of this collaboration, Drizzy. But unlike the Wale/Lady Gaga collabo, “Chillin’,” how about a singning duet instead of rapping? Just a suggestion.
Drake x Bruno Mars
A little early to be calling Bruno a pop star? Ehn, now that he’s got Flo Rida’s “Right Round,” Cee-Lo’s “F— You,” B.o.B’s “Nothin’ On You” as well as his own hit song, “Just The Way You Are,” under his belt, we think it’s time to give the man his props. We also think it’s time for Drake to give him a call. Something tells us Bruno’s got Drake’s next hit single stashed somewhere underneath his trademark hat.
Drake x Willow Smith
Now that Willow’s got a hit on her hands, she needs a notable follow-up. A spot on Drake’s sophomore album should do. Just keep it PG, please.
Drake x Chris Brown
“Dueces” remix aside, it’s a little surprising that Drizzy and Chris Breezy have never worked together in an official capacity before. Given Drake’s ties to both CB and CB’s ex Rihanna, we figure this collaboration would generate some controversy around it, right? Almost like his duet with Ri-Ri herself …
Drake x Taylor Swift
This girl just sold a million copies of her new album in the first week. That’s right—ONE MILLION copies. In 2010. When everyone (and their grandmother) knows how to download music straight from the Internet. Seriously, Drizzy, you can kiss your hip-hop cred goodbye if you ever do this but we’re pretty sure you could dry your eyes with all the $100 bills you’d earn.
Drake x Adam Levine
Everyone from Kanye West to the Ying Yang Twins have called on Maroon 5’s leading man to lend his vocals to their projects. The way we see it, it’s only a matter of time before Drizzy’s calling on him too.
Drake x John Mayer
Two incredibly successful, wealthy young guys singing about how hard it is to be two incredibly successful, wealthy young guys. That sounds about right.
Drake x Justin Bieber
So, let us get this straight: One of the biggest pop stars on the planet right now and one of the biggest rappers on the planet right now both hail from … Canada?! And they’ve never worked together? Come on, guys—get it together. As long as Bieber leaves “Shawty Mane” at home, this one’s a guaranteed smash.
Outside of Justin Timberlake, which pop stars do you want to see Drake record with for his sophomore album? Tweet us at @MTVRapFix or tell us in a comment below!