Young Money star Drake continues building up the hype surrounding his forthcoming Take Care sophomore album, revealing that fans will witness a very iconic guest feature on the album.
Breaking his announcement over the weekend, Drizzy said music veteran Stevie Wonder has made the project.
“Stevie Wonder is a very close friend of mine. I’m honored to call him a friend, someone who embraced me very early in this music business,” Drake said in an interview. “This is an exclusive right here, because it’s MuchMusic, and we’re Canadian: Stevie Wonder is actually on ‘Take Care.’ — He helped me out with a lot of the music, just came and sat with me, listened to my music, told me where I could add a couple things to make it more sonically appealing, and not only that but we actually are writing together, which is an incredible experience…So I hit him, asked him to come by, and with no hesitation he hit me back like ‘I will be there.’ Not only that, but he was supposed to do two songs and he did like six — It was incredible.” (MuchMusic)
Last month, Drake revealed guest spots from Lil Wayne and Rick Ross.
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 (Rolling Stone)
Yesterday, he released the first single off Take Care called, “Headlines.”
First thing this morning, on the day of the second annual OVO Festival (July 31), Drake released the first single off “Take Care” (Oct. 24), titled “Headlines.” On the Boi-1da and Noah “40” Shebib-produced track, Drake humbly rhymes about the money he’s stacking and claims “the real is on the rise.” Before releasing “Headlines” through his website, October’s Very Own, Drizzy teased fans with tracks such as “Marvin’s Room” and “Trust Issues.” “Marvin’s Room” jumped twelve slots on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart to No. 23 last week. (Billboard)
In late June, Drizzy hinted at plans to drop the first around early to mid-July.
“The single’s dropping a week-and-a-half, two weeks. It’ll be fun. It’s going to be a blast,” Drake told FADER writer Judnick Mayard. “It’s great. I’m really excited about it. Just trying out different things, different sounds, different flows… We’re all in a really great place in our lives just as a team, the team’s coming together. 40’s doing really well. We’ve got new editions. We have this affiliation with The Weeknd. It’s really great. He’s on the album a bunch. I’m excited about it just for the people to hear the evolution of the music.” (The FADER)
Take Care is slated to drop October 24th.
Check out some recent Drake footage down below: