Drake cover of “Hey There Delilah” goes viral – but is it real or AI?

It's been a month since Drake's recent Kendrick Lamar diss, “The Heart Part 6,” but is his next musical move really a cover of “Hey There Delilah”?

Late Monday, the Internet exploded with a version of Plain White T’s atmospheric 2005 hit, sung in Caribbean patois, in what Sounds like Drake's voice (but who knows these days?). Titled “Wah Gwan Delilah” and full of Toronto references and slang, the cover art was uploaded by SoundCloud user Snowd4y and purports to feature Drake.

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The track has been played over 200,000 times on SoundCloud and immediately went viral on Twitter. But is it real?

Drake posted a screenshot of the song on his Instagram story, suggesting it's actually him. The rapper tagged Snowd4y and wrote “Wake up the city” with a few emojis. (On Instagram, Drake also follows Snowd4y, who has been teasing his “Hey There Delilah” parody and a Drake feature for weeks. “Maybe I'll do a local collab, but he's got to get in on the act,” Snowd4y said of Drake on the “Richdiet Podcast.”)

But teasing to keep his fans guessing is a cornerstone of Drake's brand—neither fans nor experts were immediately clear whether “Heart on My Sleeve,” the 2023 song that supposedly features him and The Weeknd and which, as it turns out, features AI-generated vocals, was actually by the pair, and both artists remained silent until Universal Music, the company they are both signed to, issued a cease and desist letter.

diversity has reached out to Drake's rep for comment or confirmation. Whether it's actually him or not, he doesn't seem to mind us speculating.

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