Craig David freestyles over Drake's "Hotline Bling." The U.K. singer recently hinted at a possible joint project with the OVO star.
Veteran U.K. singer Craig David recently returned to the music scene with a new track with grime emcee Big Narstie, "When the Bassline Drops." Today, the London garage legend stopped by the Capital XTRA studios, where he was asked to spit a rare live freestyle.
He began by singing the aforementioned tune, before the DJ switched up the beat into Drake's "Hotline Bling." With some smooth singing and a couple of garage-style improv shout-outs, he managed to say afloat over the Nineteen85 instrumental, but the real highlight came next, when he suddenly decided to show off his bars over Stormzy's "Shut Up," one of the biggest U.K. rap tunes of the summer.
The Drake connection is of note, however, because David recently met Drake and told him how much he loved his music, "Hotline Bling" especially. The admiration was mutual, David told BBC1 Xtra in a recent interview, and he went on to discuss the possibility of a joint mixtape, sounding adamant that both he and Drake were interested in collaborating:
"When the time is right, when it's really right, and there's the Craig David/Drake mixtape, I promise you, not on a 'Get gas, beg a man to be on his record' kind of thing, because he's the hottest thing right now. But he'd easily be like, 'Yeah man I want to do that.'"
As to when the time is right, that's anyone guess. Could this joint mixtape match the hype of What a Time to Be Alive?