2011 saw Drake’s sophomore album “Take Care” drop to both critical and commercial success, debuting at #1 on the US Billboard 200 and receiving high scores across various media outlets.
The album was a hard left turn from from Drake’s debut “Thank Me Later” as Drake deep dives into personal life and innermost thoughts and feelings for the first time in his career. The topic of women was the album’s driving force. Drake’s candid lyrics about his exes, failed relationships, pursuit of new relationships, and feelings of loneliness and mistrust were scattered throughout the album on songs like Marvin’s Room, Doing It Wrong, Shot For Me, and Take Care. It also included a few celebratory tracks like The Motto, Headlines, and Lord Knows where the beats start to speed up and bars are filled with bravado and arrogance as Drake continues to ascend the rap game and push his way further into the mainstream.
Take Care is where Drake became a master alchemist, perfectly blending singing and rapping between songs, between verses, and even between bars. Take Care, in many ways, was a signal of what was to come in Drake’s future projects. Many consider Take Care to be Drake’s magnum opus. Do you agree? Is Take Care Drake’s best album? Also, what’s your favorite joint off it? 🎤JOIN ME AND SOUND OFF in the comments below!