Drake finds new groove on "Take Care"

Tue Nov 15, 2011 11:03am EST
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By Sabrina Ford

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Despite the success of his hit debut album "Thank Me Later," rapper Drake feels the record never showed his best work. The follow-up "Take Care," available in stores and online Tuesday, is another story.

The 25-year-old rapper-singer, born Aubrey Drake Graham in Toronto, Canada rose to stardom under the tutelage of rapper Lil Wayne, who signed Drake to his Young Money record label in 2009, and "Take Care" tells of his rocket ride to rap stardom.

Drake had released three, free mixtapes online including 2009's "So Far Gone" before "Thank Me Later" hit record stores and websites and went on to become the third best-selling U.S. album of 2010. He told Reuters that the transition from making free music for the Web to the regimented market of album sales proved very difficult.

"With mixtapes it's complete creative freedom and there's just no politics, there's no sample clearances there's no producer agreements...all these little things you learn about when you make your first album that has to be sold in stores," explained Drake.

He still believes "Thank Me Later" was an "inconsistent" album because he hadn't quite found his groove creatively in the world of major record labels.

"I pulled from a lot of different places and it was like, 'Oh Timbaland wants to work, and this guy wants to work, and Kanye wants to.' So I tried different things," he said. "On this album, you'll be able to tell that I realized what works for me."


On "Take Care" Drake has found what works, and that is collaborating with fellow Canadians Noah "40" Shebib, Matthew "Boi-1da" Samuels, and The Weeknd, who produce the bulk of the record. The album also features a song with R&B legend Stevie Wonder who, Drake said, "is like family to me now."   Continued...