Young Money star Drake has opened up about his forthcoming Take Care album and confirmed plans to recruit rap stars Rick Ross and Lil Wayne for the LP.
Despite his ability to create smash hits, Drizzy revealed a disinterest in radio anthems.
“I hate singles,” Drake says. It’s a funny thing to hear from the rapper behind hits like “Best I Ever Had” and “Find Your Love,” but he says he’s always felt this way – now more than ever, as he puts the finishing touches on his second full-length LP, Take Care (due October 24th). “With this album, I want to tell a whole story,” he adds. “I don’t want people to just hear a piece and judge the album on that.” (Rolling Stone)
Giving a few details surrounding his sophomore effort, Drake said fans can expect to hear contributions from Ricky Rozay and Weezy.
He cues up several tracks in various states of completion, all of which sit squarely in the sparse, somber register that’s become his trademark. “Shot for Me,” the likely album opener, is a marvel of melancholy bravado: He sings “B*tch, I’m the man” in a moan that undercuts the brag, over a beat (courtesy of Shebib) that pairs aching synthesizer notes with an exhilarating barrage of high-hats. Other highlights include “Free Spirit,” featuring Rick Ross and the refrain “Tat my name on you so I know it’s real,” and “The Real Her,” a narcotically woozy love song with detuned pianos and a Lil Wayne guest spot. Drake is also looking forward to collaborating with Abel Tesfaye, a.k.a. buzzy R&B gloomster the Weeknd — and, if he gets his wish, veteran beatsmith DJ Premier, Florence and the Machine’s Florence Welch, and the xx’s Jamie Smith. “No matter who’s on it, it goes through the Drake filter,” Shebib says. “He’s so hands-on about how everything sounds.” (Rolling Stone)
A few weeks ago, Drake described his determination to create a stellar project.
“The album might bring me a world of problems because I think I finally have a grasp on who I am and who I want to be,” Drake explained in an interview. “I’m just really talking that sh*t. I’m really saying what I feel. I think the goal for me this album was to dig even deeper. Somebody told me, ‘Ah, I love your lyrics — but I know there’s more. It’s almost like I feel you’re giving circus raps and people are taking them as the deepest thoughts ever.’ So what I did for this album is try and really capture this moment in time at the most honest place I can. So however it ends up, I’m ready for the world right now. I’m about whatever.” (Headkrack TV)
Last month, Drake’s producer Boi-1da talked about their studio chemistry.
Boi-1da gave us the details on how amazing Drake’s new album is going to be, and Drake’s reaction to all of the beats he has produced for “Take Care.” Boi-1da had this to say about Drake, “He just had the same reaction as always. He just snaps and gets into a zone and starts writing. Sometimes he doesn’t even say nothing he just goes, Ugh! Ugh! He gives me a grunt and it’s a wrap from there. You just know.” (Global Grind)
Take Care is slated to drop October 24th.
Check out a recent Drake interview down below: