Wait, Drake Wanted the Deluxe for ‘Nothing Was The Same’ to Be Backwards?

Elsehwere in his 2014 interview with VIBE, Drake spoke about how important the roles “Tuscan Leather” and “Pound Cake / Paris Morton Music 2” have on the album. 

“Intros and outros have always been kind of ambient,” Drake said. “I wanted to come out strong. When we were in Atlanta, I told 40, ‘Man, just give me some shit that Dipset would rap on.’ He gave me the beat for the first part of “Tuscan Leather.” Then Boi-1da sent us some drums and we flipped it, then flipped the end part again. 

He added, “We had this running joke; we’d listen to the song and be like ‘Oh, the album is done. The song was such a journey.’ ‘Pound Cake’ was never going to be the last record but it just became that. Then ‘Paris Morton Music’ came along, and it felt like this is where it should end.” 

People never got to hear the initial deluxe edition Drake had in mind. Ironically, Kendrick Lamar held them down when he had the same idea for his fourth studio album, DAMN. For the deluxe of that project, K. Dot released DAMN. in reverse and offered a whole new listening experience.

Nothing Was The Same was released on September 24, 2013, and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, moving 658,000 copies in its first week. In addition to Jay-Z, the album features Jhené Aiko, Majid Jordan, Detail, and Sampha. The Recording Industry Association of America awarded the album a quadruple platinum certification in April 2018.

Revisit the album below.