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Drake’s ‘Take Care’ is Still Taking Care of Business

‘Drinking every night because we drink to my accomplishments’, that very lyric from Drake‘s hit track ‘Headlines’ sums up the success of his second studio album ‘Take Care’.

After his first studio album ‘Thank me Later’, Aubrey ‘Drake’ Graham had hip-hop fans hyped for his much-anticipated album in 2011 and it was evident as Take Care is still dubbed these days as his ‘best album’. Still to this day, the legacy of the album lives on, and it has featured in the top 200 billboards for a record number of weeks.

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The 18-track album was released in November of 2011, and it is still so often spoke about, it has features from some of music’s biggest names in Rihanna, Lil Wayne, The Weeknd, and Kendrick Lamar. A love story in itself, ‘Take Care featuring Rihanna was a radio sensation in which it entailed the on-going love saga between the duo.

Produced by Drake’s long-time friend and go-to producer Noah “40” Shebib, the duo really took their time and carefully produced this masterpiece. At the tender age of 25 at the time of release, Drake seemed to be ahead of his time already at that stage with real feelings and emotions coming out in every song.

The Toronto-born artist nailed Take Care in every aspect, leading from the front with tracks like ‘Marvin’s Room’ and ‘Crew Love’ really captivating the listener with unique and deep messages in both songs.

Drake has certainly ‘made me proud’ and we feel like he can definitely ‘take a shot for us’. The boy has made ‘headlines’ around the world with this album.

‘Marvin’s Room’ will make you consider drunk calling your Ex ever again, with Drake entailing the pure emotional heartbreak of mixing alcohol and an ex-lover can bring. A slow and woozy tune with an upbeat interlude taking over, it is a track that is forever intertwined with heartbreak and regret.

Two rising artists in Drake and ‘The Weeknd’ teamed up to bring hip-hop fans ‘Crew Love’. A very young duo at the time with the world at their feet, they showcased their bromance showing loyalty to each other, simple yet so effective and it showcased why both performers had such big reputations.

‘Make me proud’ was another duo performance as he teamed up with fellow ‘Young Money’ star Nicki Minaj to bring an up-tempo track which was full of praise for women around the world with Drake praising all independent women out there.

‘Shot for me’ in typical Drake fashion was aimed at the ladies, and the impact he’s had on the lives of those who have been close with him. Drake alluded to women not thanking him or hating on him but to just simply take a shot for him.

‘Headlines’, my favourite song on the whole album, was simply stunning. A very catchy beat and lyrics, this track just feels like the whole album summed up. Drake showcased his highs and lows but besides all of it, he still has loads of reasons to celebrate his success.

Drake has since released six more albums since ‘Take Care’ and has broken ‘The Beatles’ streaming record on Spotify with his track ‘God’s Plan’. Drake is arguably the greatest hip-hop artist of all time, and the success of Take Care is a big reason for his success to date.

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