Drake had the internet waiting with anticipation when he announced that he would be dropping two new tracks Friday. Unfortunately for fans, the release date was pushed back. “Omerta” and “Money In the Grave” were eventually released at 3 a.m. ET on Saturday.
Fans were quick to criticize Drake’s rollout and for getting their hopes up. Many of the tweets focused on the fact that the tracks were tied into the Raptors’ recent NBA title, and how disappointed they are for not getting the “celebration music” he promised. Check out some of the most frustrated reactions below:
According to Elliott Wilson, a Tidal affiliate and hip-hop journalist, the tracks were supposed to drop at 11 p.m. ET or 8 p.m. PT depending on your time zone. He later corrected the release time to 3 a.m. ET. He also retweeted several memes and gifs that make fun of the fact that the initial release time was incorrect.
Complex also posted a screenshot taken from Drake’s IG Story. The caption on the post reads, “Just landed, songs dropping in the next two hours!” Check out the screenshot of the rapper and some of Wilson’s retweets below.
Some fans jokingly blamed it on Drake’s partying following the Raptors’ victory. In truth, the rapper has been a huge part of the Toronto team’s post season, and he even granted a post-game interview.
“We did this off of heart. We did this off of love,” he told reporters. “We willed this into existence. We manifested this. I told you the first time. People like to make memes—make another meme out of this. It’s beautiful.” Check out additional reactions to Drake’s delay below.
This is not the first time that Drake has delayed the release of new music. Take Care, the album that many deem to be his magnum opus, was originally scheduled for release on his birthday in 2011, and was even teased with a special birthday edition that would include bonus tracks like “Club Paradise”, “Dreams Money Can Buy” and “Free Spirit” featuring Rick Ross. The album was eventually pushed back a month, defeating the purpose of the special release.
Drake fans also had to contend with the delay of Nothing Was the Same and Views in 2013 and 2016, respectively. Perhaps the most notable delay, however, was the rapper 2017’s playlist More Life. The project had been teased for months leading up to its release, and was set to premiere live on OVO Radio. Nevertheless, OVO Radio was left playing music by several of Drake’s favorite artists and peers while the finishing touches were put on.
Another popular meme was that of awkward Drake, who has blessed Twitter users with countless examples over the years. Fans have taken the rapper’s less-than-smooth moments and used them to convey their confusion over the state of the two unreleased tracks.
“Drake was too busy celebrating like he just hit a game winner to drop the song on time,” wrote one user. “I’m fine with that as long as it is some heat. Can’t have a blemish on the Drake x Ross run.” Another tweeted out, “Aye, yo @Drake, I know it took Toronto 26 years to win a ship. That doesn’t mean you gotta take 26 years to drop these tracks. Unleash the 6.”