“I’m out here on the road. You can hear it in my voice,” Drake says within the first few seconds of his latest single, “8AM in Charlotte.”
Driving the news: The rapper released the new song, presumably recorded in Charlotte, and a music video featuring his son, Adonis, on Oct. 5. It’s the second single from Drake’s latest album “For All the Dogs.'”
- Less than two weeks prior, he performed two nights at Spectrum Center during his It’s All A Blur Tour with 21 Savage.
Why it matters: It seems like Drake took a liking to Charlotte during his multi-night stint here. In addition to the shoutout in the song title, Drake said he and J. Cole, a Fayetteville native, are “gonna put something real special together for Charlotte,” a video from the concert posted by a J. Cole fan account shows.
Context: Timestamp songs are sort of Drake’s thing. They’re named after the literal time and place he recorded them, as Complex’s Jordan Rose points out, adding that they “all mark a distinct moment in his career.”
- His first timestamp song, “9AM in Dallas,” was released in 2010 ahead of his debut album.
- “5AM in Toronto,” in his album “Care Package,” was released in 2013.
- “6PM in New York,” appeared in his “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late” album in 2015.
- “4PM in Calabasas,” a shoutout to the ritzy California neighborhood, was released in 2016.
- “7AM on Bridle Path” was released in 2021 and is a nod to his estate in Toronto.
Flashback: Drake and J. Cole performed together in Raleigh earlier this year at J. Cole’s Dreamville festival.