Last time Drake dropped an album, his sophomore effort Take Care easily debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart, [article id="1674901"]selling well over[/article] 600,000 copies in just a week.
This time out, Drizzy says he's going into the release date for his upcoming [article id="1714247"]Nothing Was the Same[/article] with a clear mind. "Best advice I ever got is: No expectations lead to no disappointments. So I have no expectations," the rapper told MTV News back in August as he was preparing for his big [article id="1713033"]2013 MTV Video Music Awards performance[/article].
NWTS doesn't officially release until September 24, but the LP leaked onto the Internet very late on Sunday night. It was an issue that Drake has been anticipating. "Really, just more than September 24, I'm just excited whenever people get the music," he told us. "The numbers, the sales, all that stuff it's cool. I'm sure I'll get into it on the day like, 'How much did we sell,' trying to figure it out, but aside from that, I'm just excited for people to hear the full body of work."
"Started From the Bottom," the new album's first single, hit the double platinum mark last month and every indicator seems to suggest that Nothing Was the Same will be a surefire success. Drake is as calculated and confident as they come and now he's just waiting to see if all of his hard work will pay off.
"It's been a long time in the making; it's been about a year and a half. Just maneuvering through features and trying to figure out which records to give away, which records to sort of keep for myself. I'm excited to see if I did the right thing or not. I think I did. I love it," he said.
Instead of watching the SoundScan numbers, the Young Money hitmaker focuses on making a musical impact.
"The whole purpose of the album is for it to last. I think with Take Care I still hear records from Take Care now... we're coming on two years," he said about the impact of his sophomore album on radio and in the clubs. "I just want this album to have that same lasting power."