Video: Drake Speaks On His Take Care Album Story

October 17, 2011 by Danny M

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The inspiration for Take Care, the MC said, came from the mellowed-out track “Houstonaltantavegas,” which appeared on his 2009 breakout mixtape So Far Gone. On the song, Drake created a fictional world, describing a love affair with an ambitious stripper who can’t quite get out of the life. “It was a world that was very much real to me, but I created it in my mind. It was a world that, being a kid from Toronto, I used to look at from the outside and I used to be like, ‘Man that looks crazy,’ ” he told us. “All those strip clubs and all those nightclubs and the drinks and the girls and the fame.”

Through his rhymes, Drake inserted himself into a scene that he would soon come to know well in a life-imitating-art scenario. “I used to stare at this world through a glass window and, like, two to three years later, I become a king in that world,” he said.

On his Take Care album cover, the rapper appears draped in gold jewelry and looking bothered, with his head hanging down. Hardly an image one would expect from a kid who has moved up the ranks in hip-hop, after selling more than a million copies of his debut album in 2010. Drake is clearly at odds with his fame. “That’s who’s sitting on that album cover, that kid that’s just somehow gone from his mom’s basement in Toronto to becoming a king,” he explained of the image. “That’s what that album cover is about and there is a lot of deep thought involved in that ’cause you can go crazy doing this.”

Does that mean Drake has already had his fill of the fame and the fortune? “No, I’m immersed in that lifestyle, but I’m not gonna let it consume me though,” he said. “That’s what the album is pretty much about, just staying sane, but maybe, maybe not really though. You have to listen to it.”


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4 Responses to “Video: Drake Speaks On His Take Care Album Story”

  1. Neezy Says:

    yoo homie i ain’t feel driizy this last days .nigga you forgot who make you ohh “thank’s weezy ” or “shout out tunchi koul be better ” and now he is proud of nicki .stop playin w/ da bulshit


  2. English Teacher Says:

    Neezy — Next time speak English, and people will take your opinion seriously.

    Until then, give me my 10 seconds back for trying to read that GARBAGE.



  3. lilweezyfan1 Says:

    sweet 🙂 take care is going to be sick 🙂 i love drake 🙂 ymcmb 🙂


  4. Day5 Says:

    Bruh thats just how i wana sound when i get famous…. “No, I’m immersed in that lifestyle, but I’m not gonna let it consume me though,”


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