News: Drake's "Thank Me Later" Songs Leak, Rapper Addresses Affair W/ Rihanna [Audio]
Thursday, May 27, 2010 10:15AM
Songs from Drake's upcoming Thank Me Later debut have begun leaking on the Internet with the unofficial release of "Fireworks" and his Jay-Z collaboration, "Light It Up."
On "Fireworks," Drake is heard speaking on various personal matters.
"Fireworks," the song that kicks off Drake's forthcoming album, Thank Me Later, leaked online Wednesday (May 26). On it, the rapper touches on his rumored alliance with Rihanna, amid verses about Lil Wayne and his rocky relationship with his father. "I could tell it wasn't love, / I just thought you'd f---ed with me/ Who could have predicted/ Lucky Strike would have you stuck with me," Drake raps in the second verse, referring to the Manhattan bowling alley where the two reportedly made out. "D*mn, I kept my wits about me, luckily/ What happened between us that night it always seems to trouble me/ Now all of a sudden, these gossip rags want to cover me/ And you making it seem like it happened that way because of me. "But I was curious," he continues. "And I'll never forget it, baby/ What an experience/ You could have been the one, but it wasn't serious/ There was smoke in the air before/ That was me clearing it, that felt good." (MTV)
The second leaked track is Drake's Jay-Z "Light It Up" collaboration.
There are about three weeks left until the official release of Thank Me Later, so it come to no surprise that about half of the album has already leaked through the cracks and found its way onto the Internet to receive praise or scrutiny. Two standouts many can expect and have been highly anticipating come from the duo that created "Empire State Of Mind" with Alicia Keys handling the intro and Jay-Z schooling the Young Money rapper Drake. (Hip Hop Wired)
Recently, Drake talked about accepting the pressure surrounding his highly-anticpated debut.
"I know I have a lot of growing up to do, but I guess, unfortunately, people won't judge me as if this is my first album or my first year in the game," Drake said in an interview with Billboard Magazine. "This is a crucial moment for me. It actually feels like my last album, not my first. I'll be working hard to make sure you remember it. I'll be in your city, performing all the songs, and hopefully looking at you in your eyes and let you know it's real out here, man. I'm ready." (Billboard)
Grammy-winning rapper T.I. recently gave his predictions of Drake's first-week sales.
"I'm confident in my man," T.I. said about Drake's first-week. "I think if 500 [thousand] was the over, under, I would take the over. Given his potential and his presence, I would. I think that's safe, that's a safe bet. He hasn't put out a dud yet. He hasn't put out a dud, not even as a feature, so I think that warrants about a half [a million]." (Hot 97)
Drake's Thank Me Later is scheduled to drop Tuesday, June 15th.
Listen to Drake & Jay-Z's "Light It Up" down below:
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