With Drake’s Take Care sitting at over 1.7 million copies sold, the platinum-selling rapper is already molding a follow-up to his sophomore LP.
In Drizzy’s perspective, he sees growth and bonding as potential underlying themes on his third solo album.
“I feel like with every project we do there’s growth and with every project I do, I become more comfortable with the artist I am,” Drake told MTV News’ Sway Calloway backstage at a recent stop on his Club Paradise tour. “Take Care solidified a lot of things for me. [It’s] a list of things that would probably be too immense to go through, but it solidified a lot of things and let me know what I want to do, and who I want to be. … [It’s interesting] to see artists that have a real impact on the world. We live in a generation where there is nothing necessarily to fight for politically. … [There’s] nothing necessarily for me to step up and say I want to fight for, but there is a way for me to give moments to the world, and to bear my emotions and hope that I’m remembered as that guy who was able to bring people together. I want to be that guy. I want to bring people together.” (MTV)
Staying on the topic of growth, rap veteran Lil Wayne talked about Drizzy’s maturity as a hip-hop artist.
“The first thing I said was this kid’s a superstar,” Weezy told MTV News about his introduction to Drizzy. “I don’t think you can remember, but I did some interviews back then when they were asking me about him and I said he’s better than me. I can’t sing. I can make a song, but this kid has the actual R&B presence. Then he’s one of the dopest lyricists. That right there, he has a welcoming appearance. I knew he was something bigger than [what] I had envisioned for my company when I ran into this kid. I was thinking I’m going to put my people on and we’re going to be all right, but then when I ran into this kid, I was like, this a superstar, he’s got a chance to make my company something for real, something to be thought of, to be remembered.” (MTV)
The two Young Money stars previously planned on working together on a joint LP.
During an interview with XXL for the upcoming December issue, Drizzy explained that he and Lil Wayne have decided to put their proposed joint album on the back burner, maybe indefinitely, because he felt fans would compare the project to Watch The Throne rather than judge it on its own artistic merit. “Me and Wayne scrapped the idea of a collaboration album,” Drake told XXL exclusively. “We just agreed that it would be looked upon as… It would be sort of this competition [with Watch The Throne]. I feel like it would get caught in this whirlwind of hype. [Wayne] agreed. We just said, ‘If we do it, we’ll do it down the line. But right now is not the time.'” (XXL Mag)
Since dropping last year, Drake’s sophomore effort has sold over a million records.
Young Money rapper Drake’s Take Care slipped three notches to No. 46 with 8,300. With 30 weeks under his belt, Drizzy’s sophomore LP has sold 1,770,500 pieces. (SOHH Sales Wrap)
Check out a recent Drake interview down below: