Months after an incomplete version of “Can I” hit the Internet Drake has returned with a new version of the soulful and sexy song. The track, which features vocals from Beyoncé, was first leaked in May and quickly made its rounds on the Web. Drake, 28, gifted listeners with a full version of his collaborative effort with the “Blow” singer late Sunday.
According to Rolling Stone magazine, the song was re-released by Drake via his "OVO Sound" radio show on Apple Music owned Beats 1. The new version appears much crisper, clear and completely polished than the leak. Many facets of the song remain the same from the leaked version though, as Complex magazine points out, chimes and tones have been added to the ending. It remains unclear if the song will be featured on Drake’s forthcoming album, “Views from the 6,” or remain unreleased. At present, “Can I” has over 600,000 plays on Soundcloud.
This is the second time Drake has teamed up with Beyoncé, 34, for a sultry song. The pair first collaborated in 2013 for “Mine.” The song was featured on Beyoncé’s self-titled surprise album released Dec. 13, 2013. “Mine” charted on Billboard’s Hot 100 multiple times in both the United States and United Kingdom.
Drake’s new release comes just over two weeks after he and Future surprised fans with their collaborative project “What a Time To Be Alive” Sept. 20. The duo first teased the top-secret project on social media, providing fans with a countdown to the mixtape’s release. Amid the excitement another countdown appeared on putitallinaplasticbag.com, tricking fans into believing “WATTBA” would be available Sept. 18. As we reported, “What a Time To Be Alive” quickly topped the Billboard 200 charts. According to Billboard, Drake and Future sold an impressive 375,000 album units in just one week. Of those sales, 334,000 are thought to be purely from album sales.
“WATTBA” is the second No. 1 album for both Drake and Future, 31. The “Hotline Bling” rapper first took the top spot in February when he released “If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late.” Future’s “DS2,” released just two months prior to his project with Drake, also earned him the No. 1 spot.
___ The Future and Drake mixtape is real and it's coming soon! ___ pic.twitter.com/iMplJTpmK2
— Cocoa Butter (@cocoabutterbf) September 19, 2015
WHAT A TIME TO B ALIVE
— FUTURE/FREEBANDZ (@1future) September 19, 2015
You can listen to the full version of “Can I” below: