Ann Powers wrote a small piece about the title track from Drake’s Take Care. It’s mostly about the song’s roots—pretty quick, interesting read. In it she notes:
- "I’ll Take Care Of You" was written by Brook Benton, a talented singer and writer, who apparently never recorded it
- The song is first known to have been recorded by Bobby “Blue” Bland in 1959 for Duke Records
- From there, “I’ll Take Care Of You” was covered and reworked by a long list of artists including Mark Lanegan, The East St. Louis Gospelettes, Elvis Costello, Van Morrison, Roy Hamilton, Doug Sahm, Etta James and Slim Harpo, among others
- On Drake’s song, the chorus melody (sung by Rihanna) is derived from Gil Scott-Heron’s version, which was previously reworked by Jamie xx for he and Gil’s remix album We’re New Here
Drake samples Scott-Heron, and Jamie is credited as a producer in Take Care's liner notes. Below, you can listen to Bobby Bland's 1959 recording, Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie xx's version, Drake's take and then go here to see Florence + The Machine cover Drizzy live.
Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland
Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie xx
Drake ft. Rihanna
Below is the tracklist for Drake’s Take Care, out Nov. 15:
1. Over My Dead Body
2. Shot for Me
4. Crew Love (ft. The Weeknd)
5. Take Care (ft. Rihanna)
6. Marvin’s Room
7. Under Ground Kings
8. We’ll Be Fine
9. Make Me Proud (ft. Nicki Minaj)
10. Lord Knows (ft. Rick Ross)
12. Doing It Wrong
13. The Real Her (ft. André 3000 & Lil Wayne)
14. Look What You’ve Done
15. HYFR (ft. Lil Wayne)
17. The Ride
18. Hate Sleeping Alone
19. Untitled (ft. Lil Wayne)
So that’s 17 tracks with 6 features for the regular, and 19 tracks with 7 features for the deluxe. A rare appearance from Andre 3000, and apparently “Club Paradise” and “Free Spirit” are not included unless their titles have been changed.
Yesterday, Pop Crush wrote:
MTV reports that Drake’s latest, “The Motto,” featuring Lil Wayne, will not be on Take Care but is possibly the untitled bonus track. In it Drake raps, “Rest in peace Mac Dre, I’ma do it for the Bay,” and the song’s beat definitely speaks to that sentiment. You can stream “The Motto” below:
Additionally, the Toronto native premiered a new version of “Headlines,” featuring T.I. that is being called both a remix and a freestyle. Check that out here.
Up top is this month’s cover of The Source.
Best He Ever Had via the Fader
Drake’s go-to producer and close friend (and fellow Toronto native), Noah “40” Shebib, was written up by Nick Sylvester of Fader for the magazine’s October/November issue.
A truly singular beat-maker, 40 has worked alongside Drake, Lil Wayne, Alicia Keys and Lloyd, among others. He has also co-produced several tracks with Boi-1da, one of which is Drake’s current hit, "Headlines". Some of my more favorite 40 productions (the sparse "Marvins Room," "Club Paradise," and "Free Spirit") will appear on Drake’s sophomore LP, Take Care, out Nov. 15.
Anyway, the producer revealed to Fader that none other than Andre 3000 will be featured on Take Care, specifically over a backdrop that he has laid. Sylvester writes:
Suddenly they switch to boardroom mode. Drake, 40, and Drake’s DJ, Future the Prince, discuss Andre 3000 in frank, mathematical terms: the timbre of his voice, the cadences he prefers. They recall his obscure “Walk it Out” freestyle and the run of features since then, and talk about how their instrumental could be modified to better suit Andre’s delivery.
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.
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.