Drake recently chopped it up with Billboard to discuss the next leg of his widely successful Club Paradise Tour, which will feature the likes of J. Cole, Waka Focka Flame, Meek Mill, 2 Chainz and French Montana. During the interview, the YMCMB rapper talked about the creation of his sophomore album Take Care.
Drizzy said that he feels that Take Care reflects a lot of the personal turmoil he endured moving back to his native Toronto after he broke through on the US charts. Despite this shift in setting, he said that he’s in a entirely different mindset musically and that his next album is going to push all conceptual boundaries.
“I think my mood will be reflected in the tempos I choose for the music,” he explained. “A lot of Take Care, it’s down…and I think a lot of it had to do with being back in Toronto, getting reacquainted with the life I had before [fame] and difficulties with that, and at the same time trying to express excitement, express joy…I still live in Toronto and love the city,” he said, “but there’s just so much going on for me in the U.S. I recently made the move to L.A. There’s a new atmosphere. I’m getting to know new people…anybody knows that when it’s new, that’s when I thrive. When there’s new things to talk about that’s really when I get off.”
He added, “Now I’m in a very, very, very, very different place than I’ve ever been, really focused on myself, really focused on my health, my body, my mind, really wanting to be the best I can possibly be…I’m in a different mindset now that I’m very proud of…it’s going to be a very interesting album – probably, to be honest with you, conceptually one of the most exciting projects I’ve worked on, just ’cause there’s so many new things going on in my life.”