News: Drake Names Biggest "Thank Me Later" Regrets, Says Leaks Hurt Debut

Tuesday, Aug 3, 2010 4:41PM

Written by Rosario Harper

Young Money rapper Drake has revealed his biggest regrets behind Thank Me Later and said song leaks ultimately hurt the project's overall presentation.

In addition to unauthorized leaks, Drake said some songs simply could not fit the debut.

"The saddest part to me is that I would have made '9 AM in Dallas' the intro for the album, but I did it the day of mastering, which is crazy, so it couldn't make the album," Drake said in an interview. "That's probably my greatest upset, was the fact that it couldn't be on the physical disc and be a part of that album. 'Darlin' ' was a loss just because it was never mixed, and every time I hear it in the club, you can never really hear the words...Most of the music we held for a long time, and the stuff that did leak, it was pretty good references. It wasn't anything I was too upset about. 'Shut It Down' leaking early was painful. I think it could have been a bigger record had it not been out there so long. And 'Fall for Your Type' I wish was on there, but I have other plans for that record, so it's gonna be good." (MTV)

After his album leaked in May, Drake publicly addressed the matter via Twitter.

"I gave away free music for years so we're good over here...just allow it to be the soundtrack to your summer and ENJOY! JUNE 15th!" (Drake's Twitter)

He later clarified his reaction and said good music leaking could work in his favor.

"I always said if I had put out an album that was poor quality and music that people didn't enjoy, then I think the leaks would hurt me," Drake said in an interview. "Because a lot of the feedback has been great. The word of mouth, music is something that is to be enjoyed. I think it can help me so, June 15th, I'm still confident." (The Life Files)

Despite leaks, Drake's debut is nearing platinum status.

Young Money rapper Drake's Thank Me Later moved down a notch selling 43,400. After six weeks on the charts, Drizzy's long-awaited debut continues to move units resting at 880,500 sold copies. (SOHH Sales Wrap)

Check out Drake talking about Thank Me Later leaking down below:

Drake Talks Album Leaks & Musical Inspirations! from the.LIFE Files on Vimeo.

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