Drake’s sophomore studio album, “Take Care,” is as much for his fans as it is for him. The 25-year-old Toronto native took his time and care — no pun intended — to craft a project that best showcases his life behind the lens. Drake brought along only close friends and family (from Noah “40” Shebib and The Weeknd, to hometown talent Divine Brown) for this ride, and bared his soul, for better or worse.

20111115-175129.jpg“So Far Gone” (2009) — Drake’s mixtape turned Grammy nominated retail album — introduced us to the “Degrassi” actor turned rapper. Drake’s debut effort, “Thank Me Later,” (2010), cemented Drake as a force in the hip-hop game. But “Take Care” presents Drake at his best: unraveling without the care of being judged when spit-singing emotional verses over intricate, piano-heavy synths.

“I heard once that they would rather hear about memories than enemies,” Drake says at the end of his first single, Rap Songs No. 1, “Headlines.” “Rather hear what was or what will be than what is. Rather hear how you got it over how much it cost you. Rather hear about finding yourself and how you lost you. Rather you make this a open letter about family and struggle and it taking forever, about hearts that you’ve broken and ties that you’ve severed. No doubt in my mind that will make them feel better.” Already this album is on the iPod, and is in heavy rotation. Here are some of the Gems from this album.

1. “Over My Dead Body”
Chantal Kreviazuk opens Drake’s mounting ode to his competition: “jealousy is just love and hate at the same time.” Ironic that Drizzy throws in ‘Ye’s notorious grunts into the mix?

2. “Crew Love” feat. The Weeknd
Drake and The Weeknd serve 3 1/2 minutes worth of friendship. Perfect for the guys wanting to ride and simply reminisce on the bro-ments.

3. “Take Care” feat. Rihanna
We smell a Hot 100 No. 1! Rih Rih follows Drake and trades in the feistiness for emo-ness on this Jamie xx and Gil Scott-Heron dance number. I’m already on top of this one “HARD”

4. “Make Me Proud” feat. Nicki Minaj
Drake joins forces with another Young Money star student to high-five independent women, one being herself. Ladies, take notes.

5. “Marvin’s Room” / “Buried Alive” Interlude feat. Kendrick Lamar
Drake’s ode to drunk dialing when in romantic turmoil. The song is sealed with Kendrick Lamar’s poetic take on the rappers’ encounter.

6. “The Real Her” feat. Lil Wayne and Andre 3000
Guess who also listens to Adele when “sad as hell”? Andre 3000. The OutKast member seals Drake’s a’ha moment with his own words of wisdom.

The entire album is a “MUST HAVE”, if your a DRAKE fan and you love “REAL” music

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