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Drizzy talks about his biggest regrets with "Thank Me Later," and Nicki Minaj finally unveils the title to her highly anticipated debut album.

Even though Drake's debut album album Thank Me Later garnered critical acclaim and went on to sell over 880,000 copies, the Toronto rapper says he still has some regrets about the album's final outcome. Chief among these gripes is that the song "9 A.M. in Dallas" was unable to make the cut. According to the Young Money star, the song would have been the perfect intro to the album, but was unfortunately recorded the very day the album was to be mastered.

"The saddest part to me is that I would have made '9 AM in Dallas' the intro for the album, but I did it the day of mastering, which is crazy, so it couldn't make the album," he told MTV. "That's probably my greatest upset, was the fact that it couldn't be on the physical disc and be a part of that album."

Drake also bemoaned the numerous leaks prior to Thank Me Later's June 15 release. He says that the premature leaks of songs like "Shut It Down" and "Darlin'" - which ultimately did not make the album's cut - proved to be irksome, but not wholly detrimental to the album's overall quality.

"[The song] 'Darlin'' was a loss just because it was never mixed, and every time I hear it in the club, you can never really hear the words," he explained. "Most of the music we held for a long time, and the stuff that did leak, it was pretty good references. It wasn't anything I was too upset about. 'Shut It Down' leaking early was painful. I think it could have been a bigger record had it not been out there so long."

While Drizzy is enjoying his own solo success, fellow Young Money rapper Nicki Minaj is gearing up for the November 23 release of her debut LP. Now, during a recent Ustream session, the Queens emcee announced that her debut will be titled Pink Friday.

“To carry on a great tradition of Black Friday, we are going to switch it up this year in honor of the Nicki Minaj album and call that day Pink Friday, and call my album Pink Friday," she said.

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20 Comments

  • Anonymous

    a lot of haters on this site i see.. im a studio engineer and i've seen many many talentless artist come thru and waste their money. Drake and Minaj have personalities too match their lyrical capabilities. this will take them very far.. Remember, this is entertainment and those who sell it best are the most sucessful. Quit hatin' and make a better album

  • BONKEIRA

    Nikki Minaj can get murdered by Raw Digga on the mic, fuck that lady gaga biting bitch, and i've said it a million times, Drake sucks dick for bus fare and skips home

  • HORNSWOGGLE

    WAITING FOR THE PETE ROCK/SMIF N WESSUN COLLABO

  • Rachael Misek

    Pink Friday...not bad, actually I feel like Drake was a success cuz he went to bat against the veteran Eminem and still made a home run :)

  • khordkutta

    So is Drakes album the "2010 version of Miseducation" ? Or was that what he was going for.

  • miguel Guttierres

    “To carry on a great tradition of Black Friday, we are going to switch it up this year in honor of the Nicki Minaj album and call that day Pink Friday..." Who's WE? I'm certainly not going to honor her album. I remember I heard Nicki for the first time on the BET Cypher last year (the one with Buckshot, Joe Budden, and that other guy) and I was thinking to myself "WTF?". I gave her a few more chances after that and it was still the SAME thing. Switching her voice, sounding like a man then sounding like a chipmunk a second later. I just practically gave up on her. I'm not giving her any more chances. You know what else? I listened to some of her material before Young Money and obviously.... no voice changes. SMH, why do they do that?! They're THEMSELVES before they get signed, and then after they get signed, it's like we don't know who they are anymore. Just be yourself people, that's why you got signed in the first place!

  • Ohgreat1

    Drakes album was good fuck the haters everybody talkin bout how ems album was better..... Yeah liricly but overall drake had a much smoother album. So yeah TML>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Re you guys can have your meth head screamo white boy lol.

    • miguel Guttierres

      LOL. I like how you said "f**k haters" and then you call Eminem a "meth head screamo white boy". Talk about contradiction. Oh, and Drake's album was average and over-hyped. It was nothing special.

    • gimik

      our meth head screamo whiteboy? that outsells all the "drug dealers" and "thugs"? LMFAO...get a grip eminem owns you. and he owns rap. hate it its been goin on for years AND obviously it wont change as long as he makes music

  • freshyboi

    i bet nickis album will get pushed back like a dick in the butt

  • jesterdx

    HipHopDx done changed for the worse the end of my comment is missing & plus dont show my name I been on this site like 5 fucking years & the audio takes forever to load up these days. Drake has to step his game up on his next album otherwise I'm on to the next one I was really looking forward to his album after hearing Room for Improvement, Comeback Season & So Far Gone I did expect a bunch of female joints but shit its a RnB album. Nicki needs to drop the stupid voices & stick to her Dang-a-Lang an 1st half of her verse on Hello, Good Morning that accent she be putting on is played out I'ma let my girl cop the album then check it out! Young Money will come & go Drake will end up moving on to bigger an better things but as for Nicki she will fade away like alot of female emcees which is a shame.

  • Gio1766

    Why doesnt Drake just re-release Thank Me Later around Christmas time with a whole new bonus disc with about 10 or 12 unreleased songs,including 9AM In Dallas,and Its Been A Pleasure.

  • Anonymous

    Drake has to step his game up on his next album otherwise I'm on to the next one I was really looking forward to his album after hearing Room for Improvement, Comeback Season & So Far Gone I did expect a bunch of female joints but shit its a RnB album. Nicki needs to drop the stupid voices & stick to her Dang-a-Lang an 1st half of her verse on Hello, Good Morning that accent she be putting on is played out I'ma let my girl cop the album then check it out!

  • Its Um

    I still think she's wack until she proves me wrong, like luda did with all those tight ass lyrical appearances on people's mixtapes and albums.

  • gimik

    does anybody really give a fuck? i mean seriously these two are great talents buuut a whole post of nothing? come on now. drakes album was a pop frenzy and nikki is gonna kill all females. drake needs to stop catering to the hoes n drop hits

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