Drake has responded to the premature leak of songs from his hugely anticipated album 'Take Care', nine days before its official release. Two Blaze-produced tracks surfaced on the internet this weekend, 'Lord Knows', featuring Rick Ross and the record's title track, featuring Rihanna.
According to Billboard.com, the songs surfaced on Sunday evening (6th November 2011), while Drake was premiering 'Crew Love' on Toronto's Flow 93.5. On 'Take Care', Rihanna reportedly belts out the opening, "I know you've been hurt by someone else, I can tell by the way you carry yourself, If you let me here's what I'll do, I'll take care of you, I've loved and I've lost". The track also samples the recently deceased Gil Scott-Heron, specifically his track 'I'll Take Care of You', with Jamie Xx. Rihanna and Drake reportedly began a relationship earlier this year, but their current status is unknown. Minutes after the leak, the rapper seemed unperturbed on Twitter, telling followers, "I am not sure if the album leaked. But if it did thank god it doesn't happen a month early anymore.Listen, enjoy it, buy it if you like it...and take care until next time".
The 25-year-old's debut album 'Thank Me Later', debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, selling nearly half-a-million copies during its first week of release - it reached platinum status in Canada within its debut week. The album went on to spawn four smash hit singles, 'Find Your Love', 'Over', 'Miss Me' and 'Fancy'.