October 5, 2015


Listen to the Official Version of Drake and Beyoncé's "Can I"

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Update (10/5): Drake's OVO Sound Radio show on Apple Music's Beats 1 continues to be a goldmine. Two quick weeks after premiering the Future/Drizzy collabo mixtape What a Time to Be Alive, the program did the official debut of a Beyoncé duet that leaked in unfinished form back in May. This one's called "Can I," and you can listen over at Vibe.

Nobody knows if this bad boy's gonna show up on Views from the 6 or not, largely since Drake's keeping all details about that thing very close to his newly super-buff chest. A recent profile in the Fader had Aubrey's camp saying the record will arrive "imminently."

There's honestly not a lot to this track, but it's got very Drakey production, runs two minutes. Naughty Boy's recent Bey-featuring track "Runnin' (Lost It All)" also had us dying for more of a fuller Yoncé experience. It's coming soon, surely.

Original story (5/21): One of the only things we know about Drake's all-shadowy Views from the 6 record is that it's definitely going to includeBeyoncé collaboration. Last week a minuscule snippet of "Can I" was floating around, and now we've got a closer-to-finished-sounding leak.

It's Drake featuring Drake-sounds, per usual, and it's insidiously contagious, with a low-end throb and little Halloween-soundtrack touches in the back. "Can I" isn't too distant from If You're Reading This It's Too Late in the vibes department. High replay value. Stream it above.

One note: Beyoncé isn't really a part of this song yet. She's saying "Can I, baby?" a lot and asks for her mic to be turned up a bunch. There's no hook or verse from her...yet. As Stereogum points out, "The long outro suggests that this is a demo that Bey will later add a verse to, but for now listen to what we’ve got below."

While we wait, go reconsider Beyoncé's "Mine," off her 2013 self-titled internet-crumbling album: That one featured a lot of Drake. It also feels of a piece with "Can I," which is the best way to do a follow-up. See also: Nicki Minaj's Bey-featuring "Feeling Myself"—and its life-changing new video—cross-referenced against Beyoncé's Nicki-featuring "Flawless (Remix)."