With his sophomore album Take Care arriving in stores on November 15th, Drake reflected on his debut Thank Me Later with some apprehension. Speaking with L.A. Times, Drizzy said that he “wasn’t necessarily happy” with the project but didn’t feel like he had reached his potential.
“To be 100% honest … I wasn’t necessarily happy with Thank Me Later. People loved it [but] I just knew what I was capable of with a little more time,” he said. “I’m very confident in Take Care. I definitely made the exact album that I wanted. Will it appear that way to the world? I’m not sure, because its definitely different. It’s not 15 ‘I’m On Ones.’ It’s not ‘She Will.’ I’m very happy with [Take Care]. More so than I’ve ever been with a project.”
He spoke on how Take Care conveys his growth, both as an artist and person. The Young Money rapper says it has “consistency” and that he wanted to record the album as one continuous track.
“This album has consistency. You will not hear a piece of music that does not belong,” he said. “The words were really important to me. When you get a young artist and they are on the rise, often the music becomes not what they have going on in their lives or surrounding things, but it starts to lose substance. You can always be like, ‘Man I’m the …’ but I think you have to thread some life in there so there’s something that will last.”