After months of hype and a buzz that crackled brilliantly throughout the entire music industry, actor-turned-rapper Drake released his debut album Thank Me Later in June 2010. Said career bump saw him translate that success into collaborations and guest spots with big-name artists like Young Money boss/men tor Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, and Rihanna. Now, with Drizzy’s sophomore album Take Care the focus of his efforts, the man born Aubrey Graham is taking a decidedly more indie lean with his musical output. While there’s still nothing released from his projects with Florence Welch and Jamie xx, or his bromance with The Weeknd, two Drake tracks surfaced today that give fans an idea of where the young MC is headed.
Track No. 1 is “Dreams Money Can Buy”. Produced by Noah “40” Shebib, and featuring a sample of Jai Paul’s “BTSTU”, Drizzy wrote this is “a song that I felt the need to share. Not my single. Just a piece of my story. Hear me out though…Take Care.” The beat is a wildly choppy and bizarre offering (bizarre for a Young Money signee’s standards, at least) that makes clear Drake’s newly publicized love of alt-leaning acts. It’s also the best of Drake’s two worlds: lady-loving hustler with a street flow like everyone else and a damaged, vulnerable youth trying to find some glamor to make it all better. Check out the track below (courtesy of Hypetrak).
Drake’s second offering sees the Toronto, ON-born rapper throw a verse onto SBTRKT’s “Wildfire”, which already featured Little Dragon. It may seem like an odd lineup, but there’s something truly rewarding about hearing Drake’s slang-and-curse-word-laden verse flow directly into Yukimi Nagano’s soulful pixie vocals. Thanks to TheChuckness for the song tip.
While there’s no word yet on when Take Care‘s first single or tracklist may drop, rumors are setting the album’s release date as September 13th. In the meantime, stay tuned for more updates as they’re announced.