[artist id="2545682"]Drake[/artist] has a few things on his plate as he wraps up the year, from finishing his highly anticipated R&B mixtape to working on his sophomore album, Take Care.
With all of his success the past 12 months, however, the Toronto star is making sure his music remains relatable to his fans. That’s the position he’s taking for Take Care, as he explained during an appearance on Shade 45′s morning show.
“Take Care is it’s own mission,” Drake told host Elliott Wilson. “I’m really going back to the So Far Gone where, first of all, as much as the label and people are fighting me, I’m not doing 14 songs, ’cause it doesn’t give me enough. I want to do interludes, transitions and different moments. I have an overabundance. I’ve never had this many raps.”
His mixtape masterpiece So Far Gone captured his rise to fame and earned the rapper critical praise and a legion of fans. But for Thank Me Later, his lauded debut, Drake said the project was entirely focused on one part of his life.
So for his follow-up, the MC said he wants the set to have more range.
“It’s gonna be an experience,” he said of the collection, which may include production from Q-Tip; the two hit the studio together in New York on Wednesday. “I often hear people reference So Far Gone and Comeback Season, ‘Aww, we miss that.’ And while that was a point in time they miss, I was an underdog, and that will never happen again, unfortunately.
“That’s not to say I can’t provoke those same emotions,” Drake continued. “I really want to write great ‘life’ raps. I just want to write for the people and speak for my generation.”
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