At the end of last year, I took back misgivings I had about Drake since his studio debut, Thank Me Later, dropped a couple years back. One of reasons I changed my mind "aboat" the Canadian rapper was the title track from his sophomore album, Take Care, released last year.
"Take Care" follows a chain of samples and covers, including Jamie XX's mix of Gil Scott-Heron's cover of Bobby "Blue" Bland's "I'll Take Care of You." This track, in turn, inspired a few covers and remixes.
While Drake's last single, "Marvin's Room," wandered between Drake ranting about an ex's new boyfriend and boasting about having sex four times that week over a dreary rhythm, "Take Care" is a bit more consistent. The bleak lyrics match the dim sound.
"Take Care" also improves on Drake and Rihanna's last single "What's My Name?" off Ri's 2010 album, Loud. It sounds like Ri came to her senses and remembered her name, while Drake reduced his offhand quips to one lyrical reference to Lesley Gore.
Between finding a consistent sound with "Take Care" and enraging DMX, Drake might have a good year.
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Drake's performance at UTA's College Park Center on Friday, March 2 is "allegedly" sold out.