Last week I said that “Lord Knows” was the most jaw-dropping track on Take Care. Well, Kendrick’s “Buried Alive” is the deepest most thought provoking headache causing track on the album. Seriously, this is one of my favorite verses of the year. The flow, the lyrics, the topic, everything was on point. People like Kendrick keep poetry in Hip-Hop alive. I find it beautiful when a rapper can craft a verse with so much care, and attention to detail. Kendrick buried this verse alive with the ongoing analogies, and his interesting exploration of fame.
Up-and-Comer Hip-Hop Guitarist, J. Valle has been doing his thing lately. With over thousands of views from his Youtube videos, I believed the kid deserves some recognition in the Hip-Hop world. J. Valle’s latest cover is Drake‘s “Crew Love“ which has been an instant hit within Drake and The Weeknd‘s fan base. This cover brings out the true edginess as the electric guitar reveals the hidden energy behind this track.
“All I care about is money and the city that I’m from…”
Well is that so Mr. Graham? Seems like the rapper, Drake, might be in trouble with his own city over a billboard.
This past October a billboard was put up to promote his recent album “Take Care”. The billboard includes; “TORONTO” promoting his city, with the album title, date of release, Population 2,753,609 underneath, and his OVO Owl logo for his October’s Very Own brand.
We’re finally here. Better late than never. Although “Lord Knows” isn’t my personal favorite from the album, it’s definitely the most jaw dropping track on Take Care. For the record, my favorites were “Practice”, “H.Y.F.R.”, and Kendrick’s verse on “Buried Alive”. My god, Kendrick had the best verse on the album! But I know you guys wanted to read about some Drizzy. So Drizzy you will get. I’m not downplaying “Lord Knows” though. Drake showed a lot of emotion, and “pwnded” the haters. So lets go, 1 Verse, 1 Hearse #12, Drizzy Drake, #OVOXO.
Hell ya’ fuckin’ right, Drake’s Take Care debuts at #1 on the charts. HDD’s estimate has Drizzy at 659,190 units sold. The official SoundScan numbers coming tomorrow.
Childish Gambino’s Camp debuts at #11 with a surprising 51,070 units sold.
Webbie’s Savage Life III is 11 spots down at #22 with 26,220 units.
UPDATE: The official numbers are in. SoundScan has Take Care sitting at 631,466 units sold. We’ll see if Drake can go platinum next week.
After analyzing first day sales, HDD is expecting Drake’s Take Care to sell between 675,000 and 725,000 units in its 1st week. Drake will easily take the #1 spot. If the numbers hold, Take Care will be the 3rd best release of the year, only trailing Gaga’s Born This Way, and Wayne’s Carter IV. Drizzy will also be the second consecutive Jewish rapper to take the #1 spot after Mac Miller’s impressive debut.
Childish Gambino’s Camp is expected to sell an estimated 50,000 units.
Webbie’s Savage Life 3 will hit the 25,000 mark.
Aubrey Graham does it again. He lands another cover this year for the Dec. 2011/Jan. 2012 issue of Complex Magazine. This has to be one of the most innovative covers made this year. The whole vintage essence of the cover really makes it stand out to its beauty of art. The issue hits stands on December 6th, 2011.
Drake’s sophomore album, Take Care drops tomorrow on Nov. 15th, 2011
As I tweeted within Drake’s Club Paradise Show at Penn State, I told you guys about him doing a ‘The Zone/She Will’ mixed song on stage. Well, the video is finally here. The beginning of the video shows Drake singing a “Say My Name” cover by Destiny’s Child. As you can see his live vocals aren’t that bad.
The video continues on with the ‘The Zone/She Will’ performance.
Take Care is out on November 15th, 2011.
GQ: Did it feel like a risk at first? (talking about going into the R&B genre)
Noah “40″ Shebib: 100%.
GQ Magazine was privileged enough to sit down and grab a quick Q&A interview with Drake‘s go-to-guy, Noah ‘40‘ Shebib. The mixtape So Far Gone and Drizzy’s debut album Thank Me Later were mainly produced by 40 and who knows how Drake’s music would of sound without Mr. Shebib but luckily Drake was placed in the right hands.
Drake’s Take Care album is in stores November 15th, 2011.
GQ and Drizzy sit down to talk about his sophomore album, Take Care. In the interview Drake talks about the meaning behind the title.
GQ: You announced the title of this album, Take Care, with us back in December. What does it mean?
Drake: No one has actually asked me that yet. I came up with the name when I was on a bus in Birmingham, England, going to a show. “Take Care” is this thing we use in passing conversation to dismiss bullshit like, “Oh, you couldn’t make it on time? Oh, take care, take care.” We’ve always used that and then I really took so much care making this album. I knew I was going to go home and take longer than six months, I knew that I was literally going to take care of making this project and be attentive, be clear, be immersed in it. “Take Care” worked.
Drake talks about the Jay-Z/Lil Wayne beef after the jump.