Young Money’s Drake has updated fans on the status of his forthcoming Take Care sophomore album, revealing sample clearance issues have forced him to push the project back nearly a month.
Addressing fans through his October’s Very Own blog, Drizzy defended his inability to drop the LP on his birthday, October 24th..
“The new date for Take Care is November 15th, 2011. I managed to create this album in my hometown of Toronto and the thoughts and stories I wanted to get across just became so clear. It truly felt like when I was here 3 years ago making So Far Gone. So I have completed 19 songs (17 on physical and 2 on bonus), and have run into a roadblock of clearing 3 samples in time to make the October 24th date. My options were to take the songs off and make the birthday release happen, or to take an extra couple weeks to get the paper work right and give you the album they way I NEED you to hear it. The choice was clear as day for me. November 15th you will get Take Care the exact way I created it with no trimmings. This music means too much to me to get attached to dates and I do apologize for the delay but I promise that it is only for the benefit of our experience together. Club Paradise Tour will also be moved to when students are back from the Christmas/New Year break so that I can get to more schools. New dates will be released in the next week…see you all soon.” (October’s Very Own)
Last week, Drake released the music video for his “Headlines” single.
Drake revealed the album art for his upcoming sophomore album Take Care a few days ago and now we have the first set of visuals for the album as well. Shot in Drizzy’s hometown of Toronto, the video for first single “Headlines” features him parading around his hometown, rapping, smoking cigars, and enjoying the company of his posse. OVOXO. (Lost In The Sound)
In early September, Drizzy claimed the LP was roughly 80 percent completed.
“I’ve been in Toronto the longest time since I started my career, I’ve been there for four months. The album is a genuine reflection of my life past and my life present, and I have a line on the album where I say, ‘I feel like I was numb to it last year, but I think I feel it now more than ever,'” he said in an interview. “That’s the best way I can paint the picture for you for this album. I got to reconnect with a lot of people I haven’t seen in years, I got to see my family a lot, it stirred up a lot of emotions that I probably wouldn’t have had if I’d been on the road traveling everywhere. It’s almost there. I got some great things, I’m very excited. I’m [the] most confident I’ve ever been, including So Far Gone, including any mixtape.” (Hip Hollywood)
In August, the Canadian-bred emcee said he took his time to become a better lyricist this time around.
“By no means is it the best song on my album, it’s really just the song for this moment, right now,” Drake said about his “Headlines” single. “This is really, in my opinion, my best project…There’s a lot of songs on it. Although people encourage me like, ‘Oh, do 11, 12 songs,’ I think there’s going to be probably 18 songs on it. It’s very reminiscent of ‘So Far Gone’ but the production has stepped up like 10 notches. I feel like I’ve gotten better at rapping, so I’m really excited for people to hear the bars.” (The Juice)
Take Care is now slated to drop Tuesday, November 15th.
Check out a recent Drake interview below: