Young Money’s Drake is reportedly seeking some inspiration from the Big Apple as he puts together the follow-up to his platinum-selling Thank Me Later debut album.
According to producer Boi-1da, Drizzy and Lil Wayne have been working from New York on upcoming projects.
“We were actually just up in New York working, Lil Wayne was in there, too. I gave him stuff for Tha Carter IV. Man, 2011 is going to be a good year for music. Drake’s in tip top shape and what’s amazed me is that lyrically he’s gotten better. He was already an outstanding lyricist but now I’m just in anticipation of what people are going to think when they hear his new music…I know a lot of people had criticized him for singing, but I think he’s just coming back to show people why they fell in love with him, like ‘did you forget about me?.’ And it’s really coming out in his raps. It’s something I can’t even really explain it.” (VIBE)
In early December, Drake discussed the importance of how his sophomore album, Take Care, is presented.
“Take Care is it’s own mission,” Drake said in an interview. “I’m really going back to the So Far Gone where, first of all, as much as the label and people are fighting me, I’m not doing 14 songs, ’cause it doesn’t give me enough. I want to do interludes, transitions and different moments. I have an overabundance. I’ve never had this many raps…It’s gonna be an experience…I often hear people reference So Far Gone and Comeback Season, ‘Aww, we miss that.’ And while that was a point in time they miss, I was an underdog, and that will never happen again, unfortunately…That’s not to say I can’t provoke those same emotions…I really want to write great ‘life’ raps. I just want to write for the people and speak for my generation.” (Shade 45)
Last month, Drake’s sophomore album title was revealed along with some production speculation.
Drake’s Thank Me Later was a platinum smash around the world, spawning the hits “Over” and “Find Your Love” but Drizzy’s not resting on his debut’s success, even claiming that he may have made mistakes in the album’s production, promising that his second album would make up for any shortfalls. Production on Drake’s second album reportedly comes from 9th Wonder and DJ Premier so far, but every album in “pre-production” in hip-hop is produced by those two so we’ll see. The title Drake’s picked out for the album is Take Care. We will. (RWD Mag)
Earlier this year, Drake said he was contemplating a different album title.
Drake’s debut album hasn’t even hit stores yet, but he’s already thinking of a second album title. Moments is the name he’s been tossing around for his sophomore effort, reports the Los Angeles Times. While nothing has been set in stone, he explained the reasoning behind the title. “Hip-hop is all about moments,” said the 23-year-old rapper. “You look at people who were hot three or four years ago who are sitting around reminiscing. It’s fickle. It’s agame of moments. I’m the moment right now.” (Rap-Up)
Check out some recent Drake footage down below: