Press Release: Drake’s ‘Take Care’ Released – What The Critics Are Saying

Glacé Entertainment Public Relations™ & Chief Celebrity Publicist Toni Embry Reported Today That Drake’s Sophmore Album ‘Take Care’ Released As Scheduled And Has The Critics Buzzing

Nov 15, 2011 – Glacé Entertainment Public Relations™ & Chief Celebrity Publicist Toni Embry Reported Today That Drake’s Sophmore Album ‘Take Care’ Released As Scheduled And Has The Critics Buzzing!
The Toronto-born rapper and singer released his sophomore effort via Young Money Records on Tuesday, Nov. 15.

After a short delay from the originally scheduled release date (and an album leak), Drake’s highly anticipated Take Care hit stores on Tuesday, Nov. 15 and has both fans and critics talking.

Drake – Take Care – Album Cover – GlacePR

The album is Drake’s sophomore studio release — a follow up to 2010’s Thank Me Later and his celebrated 2009 mixtape, So Far Gone. The album features collaborations with Rihanna, Rick Ross, Stevie Wonder, Lil Wayne, Andre 3000 and Nicki Minaj, and has already spawned the hit songs “Headlines,” “Make Me Proud” and “Marvin’s Room.”

Read below to see what music critics are saying about the latest offering from Young Money, which mixes Drake’s signature moody lyrics with hip-hop beats and crooning vocals.

“Drake’s sophomore studio album, Take Care, is as much for his fans as it is for him. The 25-year-old Toronto native took his time and care — no pun intended — to craft a project that best showcases his life behind the lens. Drake brought along only close friends and family (from Noah “40” Shebib and The Weeknd, to hometown talent Divine Brown) for this ride, and bared his soul, for better or worse. So Far Gone (2009) — Drake’s mixtape turned Grammy nominated retail album — introduced us to the Degrassi actor turned rapper. Drake’s debut effort, Thank Me Later, (2010), cemented Drake as a force in the hip-hop game. But Take Care presents Drake at his best: unraveling without the care of being judged when spit-singing emotional verses over intricate, piano-heavy synths.” – Billboard

“The music is grandiose, full of big names and weighty references…Where Thank Me Later was airy and spare, Take Care truly goes for it with luxe, expansive production: On “Cameras,” beatmaking prodigy Lex Luger provides diamond-bright high-hat clicks, low-end vroom and soulful background vocals as Drake struggles to convince his girl he’s not cheating on her after she sees him in a magazine with another woman; on “Lord Knows,” Just Blaze laces a shake-the-sky mix of gospel choir, gauzy R&B sample and stomping beat, and Rick Ross swoops in for a hilarious freestyle: “Villa on the water with the wonderful views/Only fat ni**a in the sauna with Jews.” There’s even a funky thank-you letter to Drake’s mom.” – Rolling Stone

Throughout Take Care, Toronto actor-singer-rapper Drake references plenty of the accouterments that come with living as one of hip-hop’s rich and famous. There are strippers and there are millions of dollars spent on “nice things” like Persian rugs. Yet the former do little more than cause guilt, and despite all the cash Drake raked in after his million-plus-selling 2010 debut Thank Me Later, the man can’t stop worrying about his taxes… To discuss Drake requires a mention of how he represents the softer side of hip-hop. It’s not just anyone, after all, who gets a guest harmonica turn from Stevie Wonder.” –LA Times

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