Drake Says He "Wasn't Necessarily Happy" With "Thank Me Later"

Drizzy says his sophomore album "Take Care" shows his growth as an artist.

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.”

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132 Comments

  • mike j.

    check us out on youtube just type in BLACKLAWREBELMUSIC give us feedback hip hop community. Drake iz dope but he needs sum more shyt lyk uptown and im' goin in he got way too many slow songz he needs a better balance.

  • Jace

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xl3_ZZT0oUU

  • Jeremy ThequietGuy Orr

    This album was definitely much more mature..maybe beyond even Drake himself! I like the joint bout his parents "Look What You've Done" the joint with 3 Stacks and Wayne is dope. "Shot For Me" is nice.I like "Practice" for the "Drop it like its hot" sample. The overall feel of the album has a certain growth do it that i like. Pretty good sophomore effort.

  • Anonymous

    Young Money. The gayest rap crew of all time.

  • weezy f baby

    I need Ya Dig to blow me bad. I haven't been so hot for a ni99a since Rikers. Young Money!

  • daaaaaaamn

    think YADIG on World star gettin told to get out of lil waynes neighborhood BY WAYNE, FUCKIN GROUPIE

  • jr88

    wayne had the wackest line on take care...."i talked to a female dragon, wehad a fire conversation"....lol....fuck that was lame...lol

  • jr88

    take care is trash compared to so far gone....and thank me later is waaay better than take care....drake stop wasting your material ghost writing for wayne and young money.....shady 2.0 is coming!!!!!!

    • Terry Parker Jr.

      So Far Gone is in its own category because of all the different styles that was on it. You cant compare mixtapes with albums. Take Care is better than Thank Me Later because you get to know a little more about Drake. Plus he realized he needed to have more singing on his records because most of his fans want to hear that. His debut did'nt have many songs with him singing. I think now he has just about mastered mixing rapping and singing without it sounding wack. I give Take Care a 4.5 out of 5.

    • osn

      THANK YOU!!! WELL SAID!! Follow me @4i2

  • YADIG

    TALKIN BABY MONEY I GOT YOUR BABY MONEY KIDNAP YO BITCH MAKE HER WATCH ME N BABY KISS ON TOP OF MONEY, THATS HOW I'D A DONE IT. WAYNE+YADIG=4EVER JERKIN TO THAT PIC OF THEM KISSIN, GOOGLE IT SO YA'LL CAN SEE A REAL G WHO AI'T AFRAID TO TOUNGE KISS HIS BOSS IN THE MOUTH WAAAAAAAAAAAAAY>>>>>>JAY-Z FUKIN BEYONCE FROM BEHIND WIT A BOTTLE OF SPADES IN HIS HAND

  • YADIG

    I'M JERKING OFF AS WE SPEAK LOVE THESE GUYS, DRAKE, WAYNE AND BABY CAN ALL GIVE ME A GOLDEN SHOWER

  • Anonymous

    Search on youtube for...Drake - Take Care (Comprehensive Album Review)

  • Anonymous

    cant dude make up his mind? when it dropped he was all happy with it, now this? smh. like a highschool cheerleader

  • Anonymous

    take care is worse thank me later both are trash though

  • Shlomi TalentDisplay Samya

    In the music business today, "Take Care" is a platinum album. Project was very well mastered and the mixing was on the same level. Track 10 by Just Blaze alone is worth it. That track is crazy and though I think that was one of Ross' best verses to date I do believe Jay would've spazzed on that bitch. Take Care is an 8.5/10 to me. --------- FOLLOW @TalentDisplay

  • Julian Perez

    Drakes Take Care Download http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/julian-perez-take-care-mixtape.32574.html Buy Tuesday

  • YADIG

    I WILL SUCK LIL WAYNE'S COCK AND WATCH TWILIGHT AFTERWARDS!

    • Anonymous

      I really hope that u joking with that top 5 man..and if u know anything about rap having money dont mean shit why the fuck do we care if they have money..all i care about is the music and lyrics...and wtf does what u listen to have to do with how many girls u fucking??..LOW IQ Hip Hop Fans!! So go suck waynes dick

  • agamemnon jones

    just listened to take care. it sounds to me like Drake's really been influenced by what The Weeknd is doing. Take Care is an improvement over Thank Me Later in the continuity department. where TML felt like just a collection of songs TC has a flow to it. what this album is missing is that uptempo, rowdy shit. there's no Over, no I'm On One. if that's the drake you're looking for this album will be a disappointment for you. its more Shut It Down, Brand New Drake for better or worse. honestly the wordplay isn't as witty compared to TML but its so smoothed out that you wont be playing this for that. this is that nice background music when you're spending some time with your lady. drake is now making bedroom music...I can't wait for the 20 minute chopped and screwed version of cameras

  • Anonymous

    i never really listened to young money crew(cause they suck) but take care is really good, there's some songs that i can skip but other than that its an above average album 8.5/10 this album is full of emotions keep it up drake.stop singing nigga you suck

  • Anonymous

    a year later off cash money i finally can make the music i want

  • That Dude

    So Far Gone > Thank Me Later > Take Care I'm not saying the album garbage, it just isn't hip hop and should be put into the R&B category. If your a TRUE rap fan, this is not the album for you. If you like poppish R&B stuff, then this is the shit. Shady 2.0 will be taking over shortly.

    • Anonymous

      True rap fans hate drake. True rap fans skip songs where rappers sing. True rap fans hate Auto-Tune. So should true music lovers.

    • That Guy

      LOOK DUDE im that guy dont take my credentials dude

    • Anonymous

      A "True" rap fan? You're cute. Just because a dude sings doesn't make it not rap/hip-hop. A lot of the greats used to sing. It's fine if you don't like it, but don't try and take an important air about yourself. A "true" rap fan? Why do you get to constitute what's "true"? Get the fuck out of here.

    • martello

      agreed waitin for radioactive and the slaughter will follow

  • Brandon Hamm

    To be honest, was anybody all that happy with Thank Me Later? It was a relative disappointment for me, there were maybe 5 tracks I kept on my iPod from that. I haven't listened to Take Care yet but from what I've heard it's better than his debut. So, I'm looking forward to it.

  • adnanojd

    take care is ok, but Thank me later is better in terms of HIP HOP which i liked he took the R&B route with take care, which is for the females but he might lose some male fans with this release. he's still ok in my book.

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  • thought dog

    Take Care is audio nyquil...I think thats why he called it Take Care. Its his way of saying good night to you as the cd knocks you the fuck out.

  • YADIG

    Y U SO MAD HUH U BITCH!! IS IT BECAUSE IT FUCKIN IRKS YOU AND EATS AWAY AT YOUR PATHETIC SOUL THAT A CREW LIKE YOUNG MONEY IS MAKING SO MUCH MONEY AND HITS AND A FAG LIKE YOU IS STILL WORKING AT DAIRY QUEEN?? IS THAT IT?! DID I HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR PATHETIC LIFE??? I THINK I FIGURED U OUT FUCK BOY!

    • Anonymous

      Why you so sensitive fag. Because your a dickeating fag. You can't help it. Typing in all caps and getting all upset because only mindless fags like yourself love the gayest rap group of all time.

    • was up

      yur a pussy yadig who tries to be hard but would probably be scared in a fight.. tell me or not did i hit the nail on the head??

    • Kenii

      *Dead @ Dairy Queen... dis nigga is pure comedy gold

  • duval

    Why would he want to rap for males... I wouldn't. I thought niggas rapped for bitches and money or the love of the artform one of the three not for niggas though...

  • duval

    All yall niggas saying Take Care ain't real are silly as hell, and obviously not getting any pussy. Fuck that "lack of testosterone" shit, is that the reason why yall listen to rap music? Smh...

  • bballslim42

    You are slightly out of touch with reality. A "young money" fan pretending to know something about hip-hop is just blasphemous. I'd like to see your Top 5 rappers list. Clown.

    • Anonymous

      I am not a "Young Money" fan but a fan of Wayne and Drake. My top 5 list goes: Eminem Nas Jay-Z Biggie Tupac

    • bballslim42

      Nice. You really do know hip-hop. My bad. I was under the impression you were serious. Now that I know your just clownin' looking for responses I'll make it stop. You aren't by any chance SuperGucciRap as well, are you?

    • YADIG

      1. LIL WAYNE (AKA WEEZY DA BOSS) 2. DRAKE 3. BOW WOW 4. LIL TWIST 5. LIL TUNECHI FUCK U FAGGOT!!!

  • Frederick Wright

    I just heard the whole album miles ahead of thank me later keep makin the hotness playa

  • YADIG

    "THAT BULLSHIT DON'T CONCERN ME IF I KNEW I WAS GOING TO JAIL I WOULD HAVE FUCKED MY ATTOURNEY!!" WEEZY!!

  • YADIG

    WEN I FINISHED I SWEAR THAT PUSSY SAID "THANK YOU" I SAID "YOUR VERY WELCOME" YMCMB!!

  • bballslim42

    I think i speak for everyone when i call YADIG a nigger. Not nigger as in a racial thing, but as a general term for ignorant motherfuckers. Jesus Christ, someone tell his babysitter he's online when he should be studying for his spelling quiz tomorrow.

    • YADIG

      GET THAT FAKE PSUEDO INTELLECT BULLSHIT OUTTA HERE FAG! SHOULDN'T U BE JERKIN OFF IN YOUR BASEMENT WHILE I FUCK UR MOM UPSTAIRS?! UR A HATING BITCH THAT DOESN'T KNOW SHIT ABOUT HIP-HOP!! TRY ME BITCH!!

  • YADIG

    TUNECHI U A MUDERER! BOY U JUST BE KILLIN SHIT! DON'T U KNOW THAT MONEY TALKS I AM THE VENTRILOQUIST!!! YOUNG MONEY IS KILLIN SHIT!!

    • Anonymous

      I really hope that u joking with that top 5 man..and if u know anything about rap having money dont mean shit why the fuck do we care if they have money..all i care about is the music and lyrics...and wtf does what u listen to have to do with how many girls u fucking??..LOW IQ Hip Hop Fans!!

  • YADIG

    IT'LL NEVER STOP!! SUCK MY GREENLIGHT!! YMCMB!!

  • Drake happy wit the second album??

    What about the new album?

  • bballslim42

    Ignorant people love "Young Money". They've got more illiterate fans than Waka Flacka.

  • that shit cray

    take care has 1 good song Lord knows who agree's why he cant rap for males no more?

  • YADIG

    YOUNG MONEY WE DA CRAP!! NO SALARY CAP!! THEY SAY MONEY TALK AND MINE GOES YAP YAP YAP!! YMCMB WE DA BIZZNE$$!!!

  • YADIG

    BUT OF COURSE NOT BETTER THAN THA CARTER IV LET'S NOT GET IT CONFUSED!

  • YADIG

    GO HEAD DRIZZY TAKE CARE IS A MASTERPIECE!

  • mindrelated

    Substance...every song I have heard has had the same material. It is him talking about why he better than all the new guys, how he is a King, how people are hating on him, how people going make him catch a body (yeah right). None of that equates to substance.

    • YADIG

      FUCK U U FUCKIN HERB!! WAKE THE FUCK UP DRAKE IS THE FUTURE!!! BITCH!! HE'S THE BEST AFTER WEEZY!! YOUNG MOOLAH FAGGOT!!

  • YADIG

    IF YOU LOVE THAT UNDERGROUND NON-MAINSTREAM SHIT GO TAKE UR FAGGOT ASS UNDERGROUND THEN U FUCK GOLPHER. SMH U BITCH ASS NIGGA!! GO LISTEN TO UR OLD HEAD SHIT BITCH!!

  • sun_god7

    Is Drake's whole shyt biting off of Kanye's "808 and Heartbreaks"? Just sayin'.

  • YADIG

    YOUNG MOOLAH WE DA BUSINESS BABY!!! DRIZZY DO YA THANG!!! YMCMB ON TOP (UNLIKE COCK NATION OR GAYDY RECORDS, OR AFTERSNATCH, OR MMGAY,) YOUNG MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONEY!!!! WAYNE IS A MASTERMIND!!

  • Guest5900

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=koN-yF4ySQs

  • anonymous

    i'm not necessarily happy with faggot rappers like this and young money. i'm not necessarily happy about rap turning into pop. i'm not necessarily happy about a smiling little bitch considered a prodigy. cunts like this have desecrated hip-hop, fuck mainstream!!!!

    • YADIG

      FUCK U! U FUCKIN BITCH!!! WE AINT IN THE 90'S ANYMORE FAGGOT!!!! MOVE ON WITH THE NEW GENERATION!! YMCMB WE DA BIZZNE$$ WAKE UP U FUCKIN HATER!!

  • anonymous

    not a drake fan but i gotta give to him that hes smart in makin an album like this... ppl will buy into his movement where he talks about his feelings n shit

  • sun_god7

    Hip-Hop is colonized by corporations.

  • Anonymous

    I hope his album does well, just because so many people hate him without a good reason. Nov 15, 2011 I will be at Target as soon they open their doors.

  • sun_god7

    An hip-pop album is gay because it targets females? But it's straight if it targets other dudes? Who's typing these posts? Gangsterlicious?

  • The Mechanic

    Coming from someone who didn't like TML, Take Care was a nice improvement. Even better, he doesn't say "Damn" after almost every line like before. I hated that.

  • Nico 3

    When it was going platinum why didn't Drake come out then and say he didn't like it? He's in an almost impossible situation. Take Wayne out of the picture and his sales are done. Yet the longer he's with Wayne the more pressure there will be to be make Wayne type songs, which I don't think he's capable of doing.

  • Truth Is

    Its funny to see all these post because i feel like its just a bunch of suburban white folks who all of a sudden forget how to spell. I'm sorry that Take Care isn't thug enough to blast in your mommy's bought escalade with 4 12" in the back,while your upfront acting all like the thug you truly are not. Truth is Take car is an amazing album and better than what fake rappers like wale are putting out. At least drake hasn't change that much since tml, unlike wale who sign to mmg and transform to some gangster cussing rapper with no talent and thrives on his beats. I cant even understand him most of the time. Much love drake .

  • HA!!

    NOW ALL YOU bITCH ASS NIGGAZ HATEING ON TC!!THE SAME NIGGAS HATEING ON TML!! NOW THE SAME NIGGAZ WANT TML BACK..YO ITS OK DRAKE FANS DONT NEED YALL IF YOU DONT LIKE IT WHY GET YOUR HOPES UP..

  • Anonymous

    i also wasnt happy with that gay cd.

  • I ALMOST CUMMED BUT AFTER HEARING TAKE CARE I WENT TOTALLY SOFT UNTIL I LISTENED TO THE COLD CORNER 2 AND THEN A CUMMED ALL OVER THE SCREEN AND KEYBOARD

    ALBUM ISNT GAY... ITS SUPERDUPER GAY! COLE WORLD

  • Tye Battle

    Now I understand why Lil Wayne said Drake isnt his competition. They make two different genre of music. Wayne=Crap Rap and Drake=RnB. With an album called "Take Care" I knew there would not be an ounce of testosterone on this album. Right now main stream wise my favorite hip hop album from the past few months is Ambition.

    • Adrian Andre

      I'm sorry but he's right, Take Care isn't hip hop. It's in its genre of it's own, Hip Pop/RnB, there is no testosterone, just nice lyrics bordering sincerity and naivete.that's.it.

    • Anonymous

      Any rapper could out rap drake and anyone in his camp. Don't get it twisted, Drake isn't a great rapper. He uses the young money formula and studio sings.

    • theykno21

      nigga shut your frostyflakes lookn ass up, you know drake runnin shit around here da nigga wit the biggest dck rape'n all these rappers. the boi is breakin' records

  • J.J.

    I think Take Care's dope as fuck *shrug

  • TAKE CARE aint Hip Hop

    I always thought TML had too many rnb songs, but then i heard TAKE CARE and I can say I miss TML LOL!! Take care is straight for bitches!!!! only 1 good song i can bump is LORD KNOWS with Rick Ross ..and people had the nerve to say Take Care is the album of the year. smh. BEST HIP HOP ALBUM is COLE WORLD!

  • Anonymous

    drizzy is not i repeat is not hip hop, this nigga r&b. this nigga aint with mcs just singin ass niggas like the weekend and chris brown wtf. thats why he wont work with phonte. because that nigga aint letting that shit go down. either spit bars go hard or go home.

    • sun_god7

      mainstream hip-hop is pop music. the target audience is 14 and female. because are more organized than the people - then it will be run by what they think is release-able. DECOLONIZE HipHop!

    • DoubleAG

      Lol Phonte sings more than Drake. With The Foreign Exchange he's released several R&B albums.

    • Anonymous

      He won't work with Phonte becase Wayne won't let him. Which makes him even weaker.

  • sun_god7

    Heard the leak - best pop album this year. Sounded like an old Prince album. And it's an album - not a collection of singles.

  • jason

    Damn!!!! so sick of this dude. his name is everywhere!! hes soo soft and lame!!! he looks like he could be in the new Muppet movie!! you want fire from Toronto look up Hail the Villain!!! those dudes rip shit!!!

  • jg

    at least on TML he rapped. TC is actually RnB. Drake used to compete with Weezy and Rozay, now he's the main competition for his boy Trey Songz

  • Anonymous

    i actually preferred thank me later *kanye shrug*

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  • prewoz

    I respect Drake as an artist. To think that this guy is "next" is crazy to me. I feel like he is an okay rapper, and a okay singer. Is this the "future" of hip-hop or the future of RnB. Only time will tell. Album is whatever to me.

  • jordanprodigy

    take care is weak

  • AGREED

    I completely agree with what Drake said in this article. TML was half-assed, there were some great songs on there but it was nowhere near as good as it was supposed to be. Hopefully he takes his own advice on Take Care and makes some meaningful, thought-provoking material. Hopefully he gets lyrical again like he was pre-TML. I just wanna see something good from him. Headlines was average at best, Marvin's Room was hate it or love it, Club Paradise was pretty good and hopefully he'll continue in THAT direction.

  • Lilmarcci JonesCd

    Meh. He would say this now n favor is this album. Oh lame cerealcake as nigga

    • yep..

      after seeing that pic, i now i believe in monsters.

    • RickRoss

      What's up it's your boss the Ross, peep this Drake kind of like me right now, he's hot(sexy) and droppin' nothing but classics, just look at the mafia music I be putting out. That shit sounds hot don't it? All I do is get a sick beat and lay back say the same thing over and over and niggas be feeling that shit. Every since then I stuck with it and make that my niche. Just like Drake he mix Rap/RNB music together now he's the next big things(Though niggas was doing that back in 2007?)

    • AAAAAHHHH!

      REAL MONSTERS!

    • Anonymous

      damn i wonder where the dude who always follows you around commenting on your picture is

  • AP

    Reading this article is disappointing, it sounds like he is going to do more singing in the future. No, im not the type to say that he's gay or anything like that because he sings alot. In fact, I have no problem with someone who does both, WHEN THEY HAVE THE TALENT TO DO SO!(Janelle Monae) He cant sing folks, its really that simple. If he doesnt do it live, that just means he doesnt have the talent to do so. People nowadays will accept anything because its something different without setting a standard. Now he is great at rapping he just needs to stick to that.

  • G

    He had over a year to do "Thank Me Later". did he want 2 years? you had enough time.

  • Anonymous

    Come on, I also like albums like The Infamous and that G. Rap shit, but Take Care is amazing from artistical standpoints.

  • kennyken

    man i respect drizzy. this guy speaks with intelligence and you can't deny the talent. just because he's in the lime light doesn't mean this kid doesn't have talent.

  • Anonymous

    I been on since 2007 I wasnt happy with the debut either but this is wat i was waiting for. This one is a classic in my personal book. Drake had fallen off of my list with the debut but he's back. I appreciate this album and the concious effort he made to bring it back. He's been dissing his old fans for a min but he didnt understand this is all he had to do the entire time instead of blaming the listner for not dickriding.

  • Severe Thebeneficent

    drake is running from being what HE percieves as being a traditional hip hop artist is supposed to be...thats what all these new age cats are doing! Thats MY opinion! I bought his shit! I can have an opinion nigga lol! Drake has ZERO aggression in the booth, NONE. He caters to WOMEN too much and he's alienating men from his target audience altogether. Unless your GAY/HOMOSEXUAL that is...then drakes album should be classic to u. Hes too soft for me. not every track kid im sorry. He be frontin on that rough shit. Dude is nice, he does his thing, its not always hate but its almost like...turn feminine aka get with the young guys... or die a hater...no grey areas...thats fucked up...for niggas like me....who like MUSIC....

  • RIDDIM

    We are witnessing a genius at work...Thank Him Now...Take Care...its Comeback Season and he's So Far Gone

  • Anonymous

    the shit gonna sell a lot first week ... people will never learn. they keep underestimating the commercial drive of these Young Money rappers. They don't need a bunch of hit singles or promotion AT ALL.

  • JOE6PACKNCGBOR336

    dude nice when he raps im not with all that singing but his album i want buy like the first when he make that full rap album im on it and that shit will sale cant see how drake dont see that 200-250k tops no hit singles might do lower

    • JOE6PACKNCGBOR336

      like i said i rocks with drake when he raps she will is my shit and who's on the hook drake so chill with self hate just make sure you be on HHDX 11-21-11 and will see 500k is pushin it wouldnt you think his first album didnt do them numbers

    • Anonymous

      try 500k plus, and you might wanna check out the songs that are rap on this album there are songs on here that you'll probably like 5 years from now when you get passed your self hatred.

  • Alexander Francis DeSimone

    I'm about to go H.A.M.!

  • Anonymous

    bring on the hate pretty sure half of the comments on here will be filled with insults like "fag", "gay", "homosexual", etc etc. Its all entertainment to me haha

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