Canadian’s hottest rap import, Drake, says he’s not sweatin’ it that his album leaked nearly two weeks before it’s official release.
Drake’s sophomore album, “Take Care” was slated to be released on November 15, 2011, but over the weekend, several songs off the album leaked early.
The songs, “Lord Knows” featuring Rick Ross and “Take Care” featuring Rihanna, both highly anticipated singles leaked on Sunday night.
Drake was supposedly in Toronto to premiere the song “Crew Love” on radio station Flow 93.5 and was unaware that some of his music leaked.
Drake tweeted last night, “I am not sure if the album leaked. But if it did thank god it doesn’t happen a month early anymore. Listen, enjoy it, buy it if you like it…and take care until next time.”
The song’s title track features Rihanna singing more bare and less auto-tuned than usual. She belts right out the gate, “I know you’ve been hurt by someone else, I can tell by the way you carry yourself, If you let me here’s what I’ll do, I’ll take care of you, I’ve loved and I’ve lost.”
I wonder if the song references their own personal romance. Rihanna and Drake dated earlier this year but Drake also says he’d marry Nicki Minaj too, so no idea where the Rihanna/Drake coupling stands.
The second song that leaked was “Lord Knows” featuring Rick Ross. Both songs don’t disappoint, so if you like what you hear and you’re one of those people that still buy albums then get the rest of the album on the 15th. However, since last night, apparently the rest of the album has already leaked online as well.
Drake and his label were trying to follow in the footsteps of Kanye West and Jay-Z who somehow made it to their album release date with no leak on "Watch The Throne." However, artists like Lil Wayne will leak an album and still sell a million copies. Or as Lil Wayne says himself, “It just means people want to hear it. I mean, ‘cause there’re people’s albums that come out that can be leaked and don’t leak, so I’m glad mines leaked.”
This shouldn’t be a problem for Drake whose debut album “Thank Me Later” debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 and sold close to half-a-million copies during its first week of release. While those aren’t Lil Wayne numbers, that’s not too shabby for someone who used to star on a Canadian teen drama.