“Summer Sixteen” is a promotional street single from Canadian recording artist and rapper Drake. It is the first promotional single from the highly anticipated and the long awaited studio of his, Views from the 6.
The single, “Summer Sixteen” was released via social media networks (such as YouTube among many others) in early February 2016. The song premiered on OVO Sound Radio and was released for digital download on January 30, 2016. ‘Summer Sixteen’ was released on Drake’s official #Drake YouTube channel as a single on February 6th 2016.
The music video was filmed in several locations in Miami and directed by Gil Green and DJ Khaled. It also featured cameo appearances from Timbaland, Ace Hood, Lil Terio and others. Jay-Z does not physically appear in the video, but his verse still does. Khaled addressed this saying, “You know, Jay Z really don’t shoot that many videos. He aint never say yes and he aint never say no. But if you notice the records he do get on, he don’t shoot that many videos. He don’t really shoot that many videos for himself. I was grateful to have the verse and the opportunity to work with somebody I’m inspired by and look up to. Just to get him on the record was a major accomplishment”
The music video premiered in late June 2011 via WSHH.
“Even for stars, there’s vulnerable moments, but at the end of the day, we’re on one. This is it. This is what we dreamed about,” explained Drake, who collaborated on the video with director Gil Green.
“The whole idea is it’s not that polished glamour side of Miami, it’s the real side,” added Green. “The idea of this video is very dark, it’s very dreary. The imagery is very seductive and moody and edgy.”
The music video premiered in late April 2011. The music video that premiered does not feature rapper The Game, however it is possible that a finalized version of the video could be released with him added. It is unconfirmed however, and is just speculation – if this will happen or not.