Drake and Rihanna may be keeping fans eagerly awaiting the arrival of their new studio albums, titled Views From the 6 and Anti, respectively, but it appears that the duo are also working on releasing a new collaboration in the meantime.
Despite little word from Rihanna regarding a tentative release date for her eighth studio album, Anti, and Drake teasing that his highly anticipated Views From the 6 is coming “very soon,” it looks like Drake and Rihanna are ready to treat fans to some new music in 2016.
Just weeks after an alleged snippet of Drake and Rihanna’s new song appeared on Twitter, DJ Akademiks took to Instagram on Thursday to further fuel the Drake and Rihanna collaboration rumors.
“Remember that song snippet video that roc nation asked me to take down because it was a ‘Rihanna and Drake’ song…Well apparently they shooting a music video for it *eyes emoji*,” DJ Akademiks wrote alongside a screenshot of an alleged casting call for the duo’s impending music video.
Remember that drake snippet that Rihanna’s label “roc nation” asked me to take down. Heard they shooting video???????????????? pic.twitter.com/DFTrXJa2NN
— DJ Akademiks (@IamAkademiks) January 8, 2016
“Allegedly PARTYNEXTDOOR is also involved,” DJ Akademiks also revealed in his Instagram post, noting that fans can expect the song to release “soon.”
The screenshot of the alleged casting call for the video shoot reveals that the title of the duo’s upcoming song is called “Work” and that Drake will serve as a feature on Rihanna’s track.
DJ Akademiks’ screengrab also notes that the music video for the collaboration will be filming on January 8 and January 9. Casting directors are seeking “male or female” actors ranging from 18 to 20 years of age to play “horseback riders” and “cops.”
While information regarding Drake and Rihanna’s impending collaboration is limited, DJ Akademiks previously revealed some insight into what fans can expect from the former couple’s new track after Roc Nation requested that Akademiks remove his video preview of Drake singing on the alleged track from all social media accounts.
“Remember that Snippet I tweeted out with Drake singing?? Turns out roc nation on behalf of Rihanna sent over notice to remove..Us ur brain,” DJ Akademiks wrote last month after uploading what was initially believed to be a preview from Drake’s Views From the 6 album on Twitter and Instagram.
“Basically, that song either not on Views or a collab wit Rihanna but could even be a reference for Rihanna..Who knows,” DJ Akademiks further speculated, noting that it’s unlikely that the track will appear on Drake’s new album given that Rihanna and Roc Nation own the rights to the song.
While fans have already begun gushing over the idea of a new Drake and Rihanna video, especially given the success of the duo’s previous collaborations for “What’s My Name?” and “Take Care,” it appears that Drake and Rihanna have been working on new music together for several months.
Rumors of a new collaboration from the “Hotline Bling” rapper and “Diamonds” singer first surfaced in May 2015 after Rihanna and Drake were spotted leaving the same NYC recording studio.
An alleged source close to the duo previously revealed to Urban Islandz that the collaborative track was produced by Kanye West and is sure to “be a hit” among eager fans.
“RiRi and Drake have always been close friends even if they are not dating and being one of the hottest rappers on the planet a collaboration between them will be a hit,” the source explained.
“Kanye West is the producer behind the song but there are no details apart from they have been doing some recording in New York.”
While it’s unclear when Rihanna and Drake’s “Work” will be available, rumors continue to suggest that both artists are expected to release their respective albums in early 2016.
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