Rapper Drake has subtly revealed that he is a father on his much-anticipated new album.
The hip-hop star, from Toronto, drops the bombshell that he has a child in a track called Emotionless on his new album Scorpion.
He raps: “I wasn’t hiding my kid from the world, I was hiding the world from my kid.”
Later in the track he hints that he regrets seeing the youngster only once and draws comparisons to his own broken home.
“Always promised the family unit, I wanted it to be different because I’ve been through it, but this is the harsh truth now.”
Scorpion, the fifth studio album by the triple Grammy Award winner, also sees him resurrect the voice of the original King of Pop Micheal Jackson.
Nearly a decade after his death, Jackson makes a guest appearance in Don’t Matter To Me, a track which compliments the vocal styles of the two, and features Jackson’s distinct voice on the chorus.
“All of a sudden you say you don’t want me no more, all of a sudden you say that I closed the door, it don’t matter to me,” Jackson sings.
Drake revealed nothing about the song’s genesis, but Jackson is known to have left a series of unfinished tracks when he died in 2009. A previous posthumous duet, Love Never Felt So Good, came out in 2014 between Jackson and pop star Justin Timberlake.
Like Don’t Matter To Me, the Timberlake collaboration was credited in part to the legendary crooner Paul Anka.
Jackson had been working on an album of duets with Anka, the voice behind such classic pop hits as Put Your Head On My Shoulder, in 1983.
The song comes out little more than a day after the death of Joe Jackson, the King of Pop’s father and manager.
Jackson is not the only special guest on Scorpion. Rap mega-star Jay-Z lends rhymes on Talk Up that denounce President Donald Trump – a rare political reference for Drake who, despite making clear his disdain for Mr Trump, has largely stuck to apolitical, crowd-pleasing rhythms.