4 Ways Drake Can Make Another Classic Album With Potential 'Take Care 2'
Even though Drake never uttered the words "Take Care 2" on Monday night, he set social media ablaze after posting cryptic pictures reminiscent of his 2011 album cover. With his signature curls beginning to sprout again, Drake loyalists salivated at the idea of a possible sequel. Cries for Take Care 2 pervaded the Twitter-sphere for more than 24 hours.
For many fans, Take Care is Drake's best album. After a modest debut with Thank Me Later in 2010, the "6 God" rebounded with a stout performance on Take Care a year later. Hell-bent on achieving superstardom, a refurbished Drake returned to the fray with "new flows on new flows." His versatility and elevation in honesty made everyone gasp. Listeners marveled at his storytelling abilities. In the eyes of hip-hop, he won and took care of the competition with album number two.
Six years later, Drake is still on top of music but lacking a second classic. With demands for Take Care 2 becoming increasingly louder by the moment, Billboard takes a look at what Drizzy needs to do to recapture the magic for a second act.
Bring Back The Weeknd
The chemistry between Drake and The Weeknd on Take Care was immaculate. Tracks like "Crew Love" and "The Ride" illustrated the potential behind The Six's two-headed monster. After six years, it's safe to say that both stars have bloomed into mainstream powerhouses, with the Billboard Hot 100 serving as their home of choice. Despite immersing themselves in the world of pop, Drake and The Weeknd have proven at any given time, they can flip the switch back on and dip into their respective comfort zones. Their penchant for honesty will be the key ingredient in making any fan's Take Care 2 pipe dreams become a reality.
Honesty Is the Best Policy
For Drake, he has made a golden career out of being transparent. Fretting about past relationships is second-nature to him. "Shot for Me" and "Marvins Room" allowed him to strip down his emotions and be naked with his thoughts. When he wasn't crying a river about love, he paddled away to discuss the pressures of fame on "Over My Dead Body." Honesty is what anchored the ship that was Take Care. While he continues to exude rays of truth in his music, he hasn't done it with the same precision since. If he can thoughtfully piece together a track a la "Look What You've Done," he'll be just fine.
Crush Old Beefs, Make Good Music
Interestingly enough, at some point after Take Care, Drake had several contentious beefs with artists he worked with on his sophomore album. After serving as catalysts for Drizzy on the features front, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj and Rick Ross later had their fair share of conflicts with Drake over the years. Fortunately, Drake has managed to repair his issues with Minaj, while his relationships with Lamar and Ross remain up in the air.
Since his appearance on Drake's "Buried Alive Interlude," Lamar's star power has grown exponentially. With Drake and Lamar currently having the top-two-selling projects of rap in 2017 with More Life and DAMN., it's time for them to have a JAY-Z and Nas moment and call a truce. As for Ross, because Drake's relationship with Meek Mill is mangled due to their 2015 lyrical bout, we might not ever see another "Lord Knows."
Balance Is Key
Another issue Drake has suffered through the years is his inability to balance rapping and singing. Take Care thrived because Drake knew when to switch lanes. When he needed to thrash his exes, he told them to swallow their lies on "Shot for Me." When he needed to flex on his detractors, he did so with gusto on "Underground Kings" and "We'll Be Fine." Nobody will contest Drizzy's hitmaking skills, but what made Take Care his magnum opus was his ability to distinguish when to rap and when to sing.