Take Care

Performers Drake

Cash Money | November 15, 2011 | Compact Disc

Take Care is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
After becoming one of the decade's biggest newcomers with his 2010 debut, hip-hop star Drake makes a fast return with this sophomore album, released a year-and-a-half after the platinum-selling Thank Me Later. Although Take Care builds off the brainy, dynamic, hip-hop template that Thank Me Later established, it also features more guest spots than its predecessor, with artists like T-Pain, Stevie Wonder, Rick Ross, Florence and the Machine, and TLC also making cameo appearances. The real star is Drake, who balances the heavy set list with self-aware witticisms and a sharp, measured delivery.

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: November 15, 2011

Genre: Contemporary R&B

Style: Rap

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Label Name: Cash Money

UPC: 602527832623

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Proud of Drake How can I not like this guy? I'm admittedly a bit late jumping on the Drizzy bandwagon, but I'm definitely on it now that I picked up his "Take Care" album. For years I only semi- paid attention to his lyrics, his stories, and his relevance, but like everyone else in this city, I was proud of him nonetheless. Proud of what he represented. Proud of his mannerisms and the way he carried himself. Exceptionally proud that every time I stepped into the U.S. over the last two years because their top hip hop stations and clubs were downright over-saturating the airwaves with this guy's hits. Proud is probably an understatement. We take our people real seriously, don't we? I remember when Kardi was on Jay Leno a few years back performing his hit "Dangerous," I damn near had tears in my eyes! Didn't know the brother personally, but I knew the environment from which he came, and the great footsteps he was taking on behalf of all of us. Even in sports! When Toronto native NBA player Jamaal Magloire signed with the Raptors, and again...you can't help but get that sentimental feeling. It's motivating to see one of our "own" (whether we know them or not) achieve their goals. Maybe this is commonplace in New York, LA, and other major cities. But for Toronto, we feel each success strongly. We realize the impact of these movements, and the hard work, the dedication, and ultimately the perseverance that it takes to get to that place. We know, firsthand, that it ain't easy. So I did the patriotic thing and finally bought a Drake album, "Take Care." And it's great! I can't lie...I bought the Rihanna "Talk That Talk" CD the same day, and was a lil bit surprised to hear that Rihanna's album was edgier than the rapper's. Rihanna's album had me moving...Drake's had me...reflective I'd say. I thought to myself, as their collaboration "Take Care" came on..."this is the album that will inspire me to finish my latest book." I've mentioned this many times before, that I can only write when I'm creatively or emotionally inspired. Sometimes that means every day. Sometimes that means I don't write a thing for weeks. Sometimes I am in a complete literal standstill! But right now I can thank Drake for penning the soundtrack to my latest Urban Toronto Tale. I can't even break it down track by track yet. I'm still taking the album in collectively. It's inspiring something in me, and if I analyze it too closely, I might lose the very inspiration that I am seeking. It does remind me in essence of my dear Kanye, in that there's lots of choral sounds, lots of instruments. It's like real mood music to me. What threw me off was that Drake went all KC-I and Jo Jo on us, with the high falsettos and R&B vocals. Wasn't quite expecting that, but I guess he's just riding the riddim and following his soul. I can tell that Drake has an inner Keith Sweat to him that he really can't keep back. As much as he's a rapper...this boys loves to sing! Not mad at that. It's boooooooooooooooooooorderline corny just how incredibly sensitive he is...but at the same time, I believe it shows his confidence. Yeah, he'll sing about women, and love, and sadness, and heartache and he doesn't care who wants to judge him! Again, why this boy is so appealing. He's cool. Confident and cool, without trying too hard. Yes, he can maybe tone back the Yankee accent at times (your dad is from the south, we get it), but otherwise I think Drake's as authentic as they get. What is appealing to me--now that I'm a fan--is how he conducts himself in interviews, his humility, his ability to articulate himself, and really and truly that he has mastered the game of music and entertainment, and probably has the intelligence and talent to stay on top for a good while. This isn't so much an album review as it is a slight tribute to our homeboy Aubrey. I will joyfully add this CD to my collection (yes, I'm old school and don't do iTunes...or bootleg). I will put it in rotation with my Rihanna and "Watch the Throne," and I will allow his stories, music, and rhythms help me to formulate the plot of my next book. (Reviewed by Stacey Marie Robinson)
Date published: 2012-01-23

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Take Care

Performers Drake
Guest Artist(s) Andre 3000, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Rihanna, The Weekend

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: November 15, 2011

Genre: Contemporary R&B

Style: Rap

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Label Name: Cash Money

UPC: 602527832623


Title Track Time
1.Over My Dead Body --
2.Shot for Me --
3.Headlines --
4.Crew Love - (featuring The Weekend) --
5.Take Care --
6.Marvins Room --
7.Under Ground Kings --
8.We'll Be Fine --
9.Make Me Proud - (featuring Nicki Minaj) --
10.Lord Knows --
11.Cameras --
12.Doing It Wrong --
13.Real Her, The - (featuring Lil Wayne/Andr‚ 3000) --
14.Look What You've Done --
15.HYFR (Hell Ya Fucking Right) - (featuring Lil Wayne) --
16.Practice --
17.Ride, The --

Editorial Notes

After becoming one of the decade's biggest newcomers with his 2010 debut, hip-hop star Drake makes a fast return with this sophomore album, released a year-and-a-half after the platinum-selling Thank Me Later. Although Take Care builds off the brainy, dynamic, hip-hop template that Thank Me Later established, it also features more guest spots than its predecessor, with artists like T-Pain, Stevie Wonder, Rick Ross, Florence and the Machine, and TLC also making cameo appearances. The real star is Drake, who balances the heavy set list with self-aware witticisms and a sharp, measured delivery.
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