Drake issues two new singles as Apple exclusives, reunites Jay Z and Kanye West

Drake performs at the South by Southwest Music Festival on March 19 in Austin, Texas.

Drake performs at the South by Southwest Music Festival on March 19 in Austin, Texas.

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After a couple of leaked tracks surfaced on the Internet, Drake is staying one step ahead by officially releasing two new tracks.

On Tuesday morning, the superstar Canadian rapper-singer released a one-two punch of singles, “One Dance” and “Pop Life,” exclusively to Apple Music.

“One Dance,” featuring Wizkid and Kyla, doubles down on the reggaeton grooves Drake has experimented with on lighter dancey singles like “Hotline Bling” and Rihanna’s “Work” for a late-night jam where romance takes a backseat to lust in the club.


“That’s why I need a one dance / Got the Hennessy in my hand / One more time ‘fore I go,” he sings.

While “One Dance” is rooted in showcasing his smooth pick up skills, “Pop Life” sees him flexing his rap muscle.

Contrary to its title, the banger is the furthest thing from pop with the rapper letting one off on his detractors.

“And I like to finish what you think you started, man you boys just got to Hollywood … you just started, you don’t know what you just started,” he raps.

To further flex his prowess, he reunited Jay Z and Kanye West as the Throne (the first time they’ve been credited as such since their 2011 joint album, “Watch the Throne”).

Both tracks are presumably from his much-teased album “Views From the 6,” which is expected to be released this month (iTunes listed the release date of both singles as April 8, which will likely ignite speculation that the album’s release is imminent).

Last week, two tracks leaked online, a bouncy dancehall song called “Controlla” and a surprising cover of Jackson Browne’s “These Days,” taken from Tumblr rap star Babeo Baggins’ EP “Love Songs For Tough Guys.”

The release of “One Dance” and “Pop Life” continues Drake’s high-profile deal with Apple Music.

In February he quietly released “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late,” a 17-song mix tape, directly to Apple, and he owned the summer with “Hotline Bling,” “Back to Back” and “Charged Up” — all nonalbum singles that he pushed out on the streaming service.

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