Camila Cabello Gave Drake His Own Song on Her C,XOXO Album Because She Was in a ‘Rebellious Mood’

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Fans will hear guest appearances from Drake on not just one, but two tracks on Camila Cabello’s upcoming fourth studio album, C,XOXO.

The “Havana” singer, 27, opened up about making the project, out June 28, in a new cover story interview with Billboard, and revealed the “Hotline Bling” rapper will feature on the song “Hot Uptown” and appear solo on an interlude called “Uuugly.”

“Why does he have his own song? Because selfishly, I just want to hear Drake on my own album,” Cabello told the outlet of “Uuugly,” on which she provides backup vocals. “I love that for me — it’s like that rebellious mood. Who says I can’t do that? It’s Drake talking his s—.”

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Camila Cabello on the cover of Billboard.ERICA HERNÁNDEZ @E_H_

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Additional artists featured on C,XOXO include Playboi Carti, Lil Nas X, The-Dream, City Girls and BLP Kosher — but Cabello said Drake is “the f—ing GOAT,” and getting him on the album “felt like shooting for the stars.”

Initially, the Fifth Harmony alum reached out to him in an Instagram DM. “I showed him the album when I felt comfortable enough and he really liked it,” she said, adding that the collaboration “came out of a nontransactional place.”

“He had this idea of a song called ‘Hot Uptown,’ and it just felt like I was in the city. I was in Miami,” explained Cabello.


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The Grammy-nominated musician previously teased the collaborations in an interview on the Call Her Daddy podcast, where she addressed the viral photos of her jet skiing with the rapper in Turks and Caicos in December.

“Well, first of all, I wouldn’t say just straight-up vacation. It was vacation plus some work,” said Cabello of the photos. “But I will say, you know what? I love that man, I love him.”

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At the time, she referred to their excursion as a “homie, friends trip.”


“I love him so much, and I really listened to him a lot during the writing process for my album, and I really thought that he would like my album…So I DM’ed him and I was like, ‘Hey, I would love to play you my album. I honestly feel like you would really love it.’ Because I listen to him a lot, and I really do feel like, musically, in a lot of ways, we like the same things,” Cabello said.

“It was such a surreal moment to play Drake my songs,” she added on the podcast. “That’s another one of those things that’s like, wow, I never would have expected this would happen. It’s a dream. And he’s so generous and so kind.”

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