Take Care

July 8, 2013 8:36 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Take Care is the second studio album by Canadian recording artist Drake, released November 15, 2011, on Young Money Entertainment and Cash Money Records. It is the follow-up to his 2010 debut album Thank Me Later. Production for the album took place during 2010 to 2011 and was handled by Noah “40” Shebib, Boi-1da, T-Minus, Just Blaze, The Weeknd, and Jamie xx, among others. With the album, Drake sought to record a more cohesive recording than his debut album, which he felt was rushed in its development.

Expanding on the sonic aesthetic of his debut album, Take Care features an atmospheric sound that is characterized by low-key musical elements and incorporates R&B, pop, electronica, and post-dubstep styles. Drake’s lyrics mostly eschew boastful raps for introspective lyrics that deal with topics such as failed romances, relationship with friends and family, growing wealth and fame, concerns about leading a hollow life, and despondency. The album has been noted by music writers for its minimalist R&B elements, existential subject matter, conflicted lyrics, and Drake’s alternately sung and rapped vocals.

One of the most anticipated music releases in 2011, Take Care experienced several delays to its release date and subsequently leaked to the Internet nine days before its scheduled release. It was promoted with six singles—”Headlines”, “Make Me Proud”, “The Motto”, “Take Care”, “HYFR (Hell Ya Fucking Right)”, and “Crew Love”—all of which attained chart success, and Drake’s Club Paradise Tour in 2012.

The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 631,000 copies in its first week. By April 7, 2013, it had sold 2,003,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Upon its release, Take Care received generally positive reviews from music critics, who commended its expansive production, emotional themes, and Drake’s songwriting. It was included on year-end lists by several publications, including The New York Times and Los Angeles Times, both of which ranked it number one, and earned Drake a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album.

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