Drake dropped off “Headlines” this past weekend, marking the first official single off his upcoming album Take Care. But according to the man himself, it’s not the best song on the LP and that he went with the track because it represents where he’s at right now.
“By no means is it the best song on my album, it really is just the song for this moment right now,” he told Billboard.com’s The Juice. “I always try to put forth a song with a message. A lot of people pick their single by what’s the strongest song. I don’t really do that. I like to make sure that the content is really relevant for right now.”
He also explained that Take Care will most likely have 18 tracks and that the album will be reminiscent of his breakout mixtape So Far Gone .
“Since I’ve been gone for a minute, trying to craft this album, a lot of it came out in that song. And just reassuring people, reassuring the fans, this is really in my opinion my best project,” he continued. “There’s a lot of songs on it. It’s not like… Although people encourage me, ‘Do 11, 12 songs,’ I think there’s probably going to be 18 songs on there. It’s very reminiscent of So Far Gone, but the production is stepped up ten notches and I feel like I’ve gotten better at rapping.”
As for the single, he’s just hoping that fans will take it for what it is. “‘Headlines,’ it’s a great record, I want people to party to it, but at the same time, the fans, the people who care about my career, the people that follow me, will find a message in it.”
Take Care is slated for release on October 24th.