Taking Time, Taking Care

Toronto’s Drake has nudged back the release of his highly anticipated second album by a few weeks—apparently due to a “roadblock of clearing 3 samples in time” for the original date. Take Care, formerly set to drop on the rapper’s birthday (Oct. 24), will now hit the public on November 15th. In a personal letter to his fans (Oct. 8), Drizzy had the following to say:

The new date for Take Care is November 15th, 2011. I managed to create this album in my hometown of Toronto and the thoughts and stories I wanted to get across just became so clear. It truly felt like when I was here 3 years ago making So Far Gone. So I have completed 19 songs (17 on physical and 2 on bonus), and have run into a roadblock of clearing 3 samples in time to make the October 24th date. My options were to take the songs off and make the birthday release happen, or to take an extra couple weeks to get the paper work right and give you the album they way I NEED you to hear it. The choice was clear as day for me. November 15th you will get Take Care the exact way I created it with no trimmings. This music means too much to me to get attached to dates and I do apologize for the delay but I promise that it is only for the benefit of our experience together. Club Paradise Tour will also be moved to when students are back from the Christmas/New Year break so that I can get to more schools. New dates will be released in the next week…see you all soon.

Drake

Much love and respect to any artist willing to write directly to his fans.

Drake has also announced a handful of tour dates for November, which means Columbus, OH (11/9), University Park, PA (11/10) and Champaign, IL (11/13) will now be hearing new shit before it’s made officially available on the fifteenth.

Joining the Toronto representative on tour will be one of my favorites, this monster.