Drake Calls Thank Me Later Release A ‘Crucial Moment’

'It actually feels like my last album, not my first,' he tells Billboard.

The pressure is on for [artist id="2545682"]Drake[/artist] to deliver on his highly anticipated debut album, Thank Me Later. And the Toronto MC is well aware of the expectations.

In the May 29 issue of Billboard, Drake said it feels like he’s working on his final album, rather than dipping his toe into the pool for the first time.

“I know I have a lot of growing up to do, but I guess, unfortunately, people won’t judge me as if this is my first album or my first year in the game,” Drake said of the album, due June 15. “This is a crucial moment for me. It actually feels like my last album, not my first. I’ll be working hard to make sure you remember it. I’ll be in your city, performing all the songs, and hopefully looking at you in your eyes and let you know it’s real out here, man. I’m ready.”

Recently, Drake announced he is extending his Away From Home Tour , which will feature an international leg in July with stops in Norway and the U.K. Earlier this week, the Thank Me Later track list was revealed; T.I. and Young Jeezy will join Jay-Z, Lil Wayne and The-Dream on the collection.

Drake has long insisted that, despite the buzz surrounding his rising star, he wants his first album to be “relatable,” much in the same manner that made his breakout mixtape, So Far Gone, a fan favorite.

“At the end of the day, one of the biggest things I’ve been toying with on Thank Me Later is that it’s kind of hard for me to come out and be like, ‘I’m still the underdog,’ ” Drake told MTV News last year. “I can’t rap about the same things [as I did] on So Far Gone, so it’s just really trying to tell the greatest story that’s never been told, which is the story of a rapper’s come-up, and tell it without being corny or over-bragging or sounding like, ‘Feel sorry for me.’ It’s going to be a very interesting record, because I’m really going to have to dig deep and tell stories that people can relate to. But it’s kind of hard, because my life is at a very different place now.”

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