As is seemingly par for the course these days, Drake‘s highly anticipated sophomore LP, Take Care, leaked last weekend, just one week ahead of the album’s official release date. The surprising thing, though, was the rhyme-slinging crooner wasn’t too upset about it. Drake tweeted before the unofficial leak:
The 17-track album is slated to fill shelves November 15th, but hit the internet instead 8 full days premature. The same dilemma happened to Drake’s Young Money mentor Lil’ Wayne just months prior with Tha Carter IV. Drake’s LP received major buzz over Twitter as debates about the album’s production and sales would stack up against some of this year’s other major albums.
Music bloggers jumped on the opportunity to share their thoughts and predictions for the Toronto rapper’s second studio album. Stereogum compared the LP to Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and dubbed it “possibly the best record of the year.” Rolling Stone declares Drake’s album to be “more expansive” with the range in producers, making it a “compelling” LP. MTV News claims Drake shows a “different side” on this salute-to-Toronto record. And with A-list guests like Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Rick Ross, Andre 3000 and even Stevie Wonder on the record, Drake’s album will sure stand the test of a leak.
Since the unplanned leak, Drake talked to XXL about a collaborative mixtape with MMG general Rick Ross titled Y.O.L.O, or You Only Live Once, to be released in the future. However, the album Lil Wayne and Drake planned to drop together was tossed to avoid comparison to Jay-Z and Kanye West’s platinum collabo album, Watch The Throne.