Take Care is the second studio album by Canadian hip hop recording artist Drake. It was released on November 15,2011, by Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records, Recording sessions took place from 2010 to 2011. Production on the album was handled by frequent collaborator Noah 40 Shebib, alongside T-Minus, The Weeknd, Boi-1da, Just Blaze, Jamie xx. Noted by music writers for its minimalist R&B elements, existential subject matter, conflicted lyrics, the album online leaked nine days before its scheduled release. The album debuted at one on the US Billboard 200. As of August 2015, Take Care has sold 4,000,000 copies, upon its release, Take Care received generally positive reviews from music critics, who commended its expansive production, emotional themes, and Drakes songwriting. It was included on lists by several publications, including The New York Times and Los Angeles Times. Take Care also earned Drake a Grammy Award for the Best Rap Album, Thank Me Later became a commercial success and was well received by music critics and also Prior to Take Care, Drake also expanded his repertoire as a live performer. For the album, he intended to have Shebib handle most of the production and record a cohesive sound than on Thank Me Later. In November 2010, Drake revealed the title of his studio album will be Take Care. In comparison to his debut album Drake revealed to Y. C Radio 1 that Thank Me Later was an album, stating. I rushed a lot of the songs and sonically I didn’t get to sit with the record and say, once it was done, it was done. That’s why my new album is called Take Care because I get to take my time this go-round, Drake also revealed that the album was recorded mainly in Toronto. Debating whether to submit his final cut or not, Drakes preferred release date that motivated him to created a Birthday edition, several producers were revealed to be working with Drake on Take Care other than Noah 40 Shebib, including T-Minus, The xxs Jamie Smith and Boi-1da. He had initially recruited 9th Wonder for the album, 9th states that was a part of the reason, because he was going through an A&R and playing beats for them as opposed to the artist himself, which he is opposed to. Drake had also been planning on having Q-Tip, DJ Premier, and The Neptunes as producers on the album, but those projects fell through as well. Several artists were confirmed as collaborators with Drake on Take Care consist of Stevie Wonder, Kendrick Lamar, Chantal Kreviazuk, André3000, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and he had initially reached out to Phonte of the former group Little Brother. The track was made for Take Care, but did not make it for the album, Drake admits in an interview to dropping the ball on the project and is optimistic about a future collaboration with Phonte
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Drake broadened his concert performances in between albums.