Take Care is the second studio album by Canadian recording artist Drake, released November 15, 2011, on Young Money Entertainment and Cash Money Records. It is the follow-up to his 2010 debut album Thank Me Later. Production for the album took place during 2010 to 2011 and was handled by Noah “40” Shebib, Boi-1da, T-Minus, Just Blaze, The Weeknd, and Jamie xx, among others. With the album, Drake sought to record a more cohesive recording than his debut album, which he felt was rushed in its development. Expanding on the sonic aesthetic of his debut album, Take Care features an atmospheric sound that is characterized by low-key musical elements and incorporates R&B, pop, and electronica styles. Drake’s lyrics mostly eschew boastful raps for introspective lyrics that deal with topics such as failed romances, relationship with friends and family, growing wealth and fame, concerns about leading a hollow life, and despondency.
Recently, superstar hip hop artist Drake called into Atlanta’s early morning show, The Frank and Wanda Morning Show on V-103, to discuss his brand new album, Thank Me Later, along with other things. Drake gets deep when co-host Elle Duncan asked him about his fling with Rihanna and a certain wedding planner in Atlanta who stole his heart a long time ago. Check it out below:
Drake Getting Intimate In The Morning
There are only an extraordinarily small handful of albums that deserve an introduction like that. (Sit down Khaled, I’m talking about Tha Carter III, Graffiti and The Blueprint 3, not We the Best Vol. 97.) And now, finally, we can add Drake’s debut album Thank Me Later to that vaunted list.
Written by DJBooth
As Aubrey Drake Graham catapulted from Canadian teen television heartthrob to hip-hop superstar we piled more and more expectations onto his young shoulders. Drake’s debut album would simultaneously be a rap classic, a r&b classic and pop classic. Drake’s debut album would singlehandedly rescue an entire, fundamentally broken music industry. Drake’s debut album would cure cancer and, just because he was bored and feeling generous, herpes. If these were our expectations of the 24-year-old, and they were, then he has failed us. Let the public whipping commence. Continue reading
He was in the most envious position of any new artist in history. HISTORY. But you’d know NONE of this if you were on twitter the day his album leaked. He was getting trashed left and right. I was really astounded by how few people were feeling the album. I couldn’t understand it at all. But this is nothing new. I’ve seen it happen plenty of times. Fans turn on artists quicker than they can take a shower and change their draws. The only flaw in the logic of these fans (and I use the term loosely) is “Thank Me Later” wound up being an improvement over “So Far Gone”, the mixtape that shot Drake into superstardom.
Written by STRIGGITY
Let’s be clear, tho. This album isn’t perfect, nor do I think it’s close to being the “classic” that a lot of people were hoping for. While “Find Your Love” is a great example of what Drake can do when he’s not rapping, “Shut It Down” and “Karaoke” are great examples of what can go wrong. Those songs are not really fun to listen. “Shut It Down” fails because it also features The Dream, a dude who ain’t exactly the best singer on the planet. So now we have two dudes who can’t really sing trying to sing a full, 7 minute R&B song. Do. Not. Want. Continue reading
I probably played So Far Gone more than any album last year. I know it was just a mixtape but it still got played more than any actual retail album I heard.
Written by Ted Payne
Here is my concern about Thank Me Later – I don’t care what people say – Drake can spit. Period. But will he? Will this album be introspective like his song Fear? Will he kill the raps like he did on Comeback Season? Will he reach a healthy balance between spitting fire and singing like on So Far Gone? Or is this just a complete stab at commercial success and it will be full of 14 “Best I Ever Had’s”?
Written by Rawemag
Then everyone got into Drake with So Far Gone, and his affiliation with Young Money, securing love and hate which is inevitable as an artist—he even got love from some heavy weights in hip-hop: Jay-Z, Kanye West, Timberland and etc, plus Lykke Li. With that being said, his debut album Thank Me Later, is entering stores June 15th but it’s leaked already and I’m guilty of downloading it—I really will buy it just because I support his work ethic, but I will say I had much higher hopes for this album.
Written by Traysay8
The album explores topics familiar to Drake: success, failure, love, change, and weed. Though a basic pool of topics to pull from, Drake constructs stories with a unique mix of singing and flowing, creating a body of work that ranges many emotions effortlessly. Drake’s debut album features a long list of celeb features. The album opens with the Alicia Keys-assisted “Fireworks.” The production is clever yet expected. Drake introduces the album with his most common theme, love and fame. The song is beautiful and airy. Word on the street is the second verse is dedicated to Rihanna. “Karaoke” revisits the theme of love, but specifically about love lost. He flexes some of his lyrical ability beautifully on this track. I wonder if this song is about the famed “Alicia.” The production of the album continues to sound more like picks for the next Sade album. A compliment, I am sure for Drake who has made it no secret he is a huge fan of Sade. The next track, “The Resistance,” features a tale of betrayal and lost love. The lead single, “Over” follows seamlessly. The tone of the album remains the same up until the next track, “Show Me a Good Time,” in which the background production reminds me of old school house music from Chicago. The theme has not altered though. Drake still explores the same story of success and the reaction of his old and new friends.
That’s why Drake, a Canadian actor turned surprise rap phenom, has emerged as the genre’s new leading man, steering hip-hop out of the streets and into the emotive headspace of information-age isolation. It was a frontier first explored by Kanye West with his 2008 masterstroke “808s & Heartbreak.” Now, Drake’s arresting new album, “Thank Me Later,” follows through on West’s heavy-hearted promise. With penetrating lyricism and arresting melodies, it’s a truly captivating debut – a rookie’s ticket into the 21st century pop pantheon.
Written by Chris Richards
For most fans, hip-hop has always provided a glimpse of urban reality, seemingly unfiltered. Drake explores a terrain both more rarefied and more familiar: global celebrity. He doesn’t rap about street life, thug life or even club life. He raps about emotions – the clashing panoply of feelings that come with an unquenchable thirst for fame and the untenable romances that follow.
How can a 23-year-old possess such an aversion to stardom before his first album even hits shelves? Because he’s already a star. Before dropping his first mixtape in 2006, Aubrey Drake Graham made his name on television, playing teen athlete Jimmy Brooks on the corny Canadian drama “Degrassi: The Next Generation.” The heartthrob eventually earned his bona fides in the rap world under the wing of Lil Wayne – and proved himself an apt pupil with a spate of mixtape cuts (“Best I Ever Had,” “Successful,” “Forever”) that began to coat American airwaves and bandwidth last summer.
For most of the last decade, major-label rappers extolled the virtues of the “good life,” a sentiment best expressed by the Champagne-sipping Kanye West single of the same name. The vanguards of the next generation seem determined to convey the exact opposite: the perils of being young, gifted and miserable. This is the conflict at the core of 23-year-old Drake’s debut album, “Thank Me Later” — how to reconcile fame and fortune with the aggravations of living in the public eye.
Written by Jeff Weiss
Like his peer Kid Cudi, the Toronto rapper-singer born Aubrey Graham uses West as his central aural and emotive influence (West produces the tracks “Show Me a Good Time” and “Find Your Love”). Ignoring West’s celebratory side, Drake continues where “808s & Heartbreak” left off, in search of anthems for the easily alienated.
Drake sings or raps the word “I” 410 times on his debut album. Even in the realm of hip-hop– a style famous for its unswerving solipsism– this is a feat. For comparison’s sake, noted mirror watcher Kanye West managed to work only 220 “I”‘s into the verses and hooks of his big break, The College Dropout. Illmatic; 210. Reasonable Doubt; 240. With Thank Me Later, Drake attempts to enter the pantheon of those rap game-busters by the sheer force of first person singular pronouns. All eyes are on him– especially his own. But considering this mixed race, half-Jewish, all-Canadian “Degrassi: The Next Generation” alum looks and sounds unlike any major rap star before him, betting the house on nothing but himself turns out to be a wise gamble.
Written by Ryan Dombal
Drake is the guy you get drinks with who talks about himself for a few hours– if you’re lucky, he might ask you for advice on one or two things. But this is OK because Drake’s stories are better than yours. Like the one about how Lil Wayne befriended and signed him at the height of Weezy’s powers. Or how he got with Rihanna last year. Or that time he flashed from a Toronto has-been to a top-flight hit maker off the strength of a self-released mixtape. Of course, there’s the classic about sipping a few too many glasses of Ace of Spades and asking Nicki Minaj to marry him. Sounds like a sweet existence.