Drake’s new album a hit, despite being leaked early

Chelsea Baker, Staff Writer

Drake was originally known from playing Jimmy Brooks on the popular television series Degrassi: The Next Generation. Now, he’s one of the biggest names in the music industry. Drake’s has a way of rising above the cliché look and sound of most rap artists; this is part of the reason why he is so popular and successful. He talks about more than money, cars, and clothes; his music addresses real life situations that people can relate to and it tells a story.

Before Drake made it big he released a few mix tapes entitled Room for Improvement, Comeback Season, and Heartbreak Drake; these mix tapes didn’t end up doing too well. Finally his success began in February 2009 when Drake’s mix tape So Far Gone came out, after a series of early projects. He was a breath of fresh air that caught the attention of listeners with his new sound. In June 2009, Drake signed to Lil Wayne’s record label, Young Money Entertainment. His first album Thank Me Later was released on June 15, 2010, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, eventually going platinum. Soon after he began to work in his second album entitled Take Care.

In the process on working on his second album Drake released a few singles, but nothing major. During this stand still the media criticized him, saying that “Drake fell off and his first album Thank Me Later would be a tough act to follow.” Drake alluded to his absence on DJ Khaled’s hits single “I’m On One,” he says “And my fans who been so patient, me and 40 back to work but we still smell like a vacation.”

Songs like “Dreams Money Can Buy,” “Marvin’s Room,” “Trust Issues,” “Club Paradise,” and “Free Spirit” were released to hold fans over during the wait for the album. Drake announced on October 8th of last year that Take Care would be pushed back to November 15th 2011 due to sample clearances. It was originally scheduled to hit stores on October 24th 2011.

On the night of November 6th 2011, the full Take Care album found its way to the internet. As the news of the leak spread, Twitter was thriving with trends about it. The same night, Drake tweeted about the leak saying, “I am not sure if the album leaked. But if it did thank God it doesn’t happen a month early anymore.” He went on to say, “Listen, enjoy it, buy it if you like…and take care until next time.” It was assumed he would be upset, but he remained calm and casual. His previous album Thank Me Later was also leaked 15 days prior to its release date.

The leak did not hurt the sales of Drake’s second effort Take Care. The album sold 631,000 copies in its first week of release, making it the third-best selling debut of the year behind Lady Gaga’s Born This Way (1.1 million) and Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV (964,000). Overall, it is a good album with a different sound that’s outside the hip-hop norm. Take Care sounds varies from low-tempo, sensuous, and dark. The relaxed beats and gentleness emphasize the sweet slow jams, creating a dreamy space that gives it both a seductive and sulky feeling.

As a fan of Drake, Take Care is expressive and honest to me. Drake is very open and sincere in each song. Some critics claim that he’s too soft and sensitive, but that’s not true. In my opinion Drake’s way of rapping is different from any other rapper. He’s very truthful in talking about his past and the things that he’s been through. This makes the music feel authentic, personal, and worthy of your time.” Give it a shot and you won’t be disappointed.