’11 Best Albums: #2 Drake Take Care

Drake season has returned. Could he do it again? Yes, he can! Back with his trusty production visionary, Noah “40” Shebib, these Toronto kids delivered a terrific second album. Unified in their independence, the OVOXO Hit Squad shine on captivating cuts like the Weeknd-featured “Crew Love” and “The Ride”. Even the outside guests here are sewn into the fabric of their surroundings rather seamlessly. Wayne gets his swagger back on the rollicking “HYFR”, Minaj dabbles all over “Make Me Proud,” while 3 Stacks swoons all over “The Real Her”. Maintaining his coveted R&B instincts, Drizzy enlists Stevie Wonder’s touch for “Doing It Wrong”, resurrects Jon B.’s career on “Cameras” and pays homage to his fam with as much passion as Pac on “Look What You’ve Done”. Like it or not, Drake knows how to sequence his best of both worlds (rapping and singing) like no other. Show some gratitude, hip-hop heads.

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  • hov

    How much longer can you ride jayz dick

  • toad3527

    yeah this was a solid album, I agree with putting in at number 2. Guess who is number 1? Throne

  • bry from boston

    NIGGA PLEASE… if i wanted to listen to boyz 2 men then id listen to boyz 2 men… Not degrassi reject ina wheelchair. i am not a hater, im a fan of great rap music. Its pretty pathetic when drake is #2 compare this to all eyez on me or life after death… It kight as well be kidz bop 23

  • damone

    Hov haters always crying… LOL… What u thought it was gonna be? WTT CONTROLLED THE WHOLE SUMMER AND FALL.

  • Hip-Hop Fiend

    Can’t hate. Drake deliverd an amazing album.

  • RK

    Hip hops full of kanye and jay dick riders, this about technically was a better musical masterpiece, sold more in the first week than throne did in its first 2.

    Men lie, women lie, numbers don’t. Just sayin’

  • RNS

    should of been in the “‘!! Best R&B Albums”

  • Collar Cali

    Loved the album, still doesn’t live up to “So Far Gone”… But really good.

  • Mj

    Wtt didn’t control shit… Niggas been performing the same song like 20 times each show. Takecare has more replay value, It can actually last till the summer. I bet y’all stains CANT WAIT till another throne album

  • ZoomZoomDad-Otis

    @RNS. Your right homie. Best R&B album of 2011.

  • Going Rogue

    “this about technically was a better musical masterpiece” – RK

    You’re an idiot on multiple levels and the production on watch the throne > take care, and it’s not even close

  • Protest

    Not really a good album at all

  • The Riddler

    This should be #1 and The Weeknd #1 mixtape, what else is there to say besides OVOXO

  • 2dopeboyz

    Amazing album, expect the internet elitists to hate it but what ever tho.

  • Word

    No mention of the Kendrick Lamar cut huh? This was definitely one of the top albums of the year but this list wouldve been perfect if Cole and Kendrick were in the top 5.

  • CapricornReligion

    “Watch the Throne” was better than “Take Care”?. . . . . Ummmm. Nah man. Just, nah.

    Don’t get me wrong, “Watch the Throne” is a solid piece of work but, let’s really keep it Honest now. Jay an Kanye really wasn’t too, Creative on this Project. They, basically talked about there Success and there Wealth. I understand that was the Theme of the Project but, damn.

    When you start off with a track like, “No church in the Wild”, You should of kept going in that Direction. So, basically, I wish they were more Creative. As far as “Take Care” goes. Plain an simple, it was the Better album. To me at least.

    Lyrics, Production, Theme, etc. It was a better album than “Watch the Throne”. My only problem was that, it was all over the place. It should of been rearrange better.

    But when it’s all said an done, people in the future will calm this as a Classic. Like how “Reasonable Doubt” is praised now

  • LOS

    Watch The Throne was a DUET album, let’s not forget. Take Care was a SOLO and it had more track numbers. I still have Take Care songs on repeat, til this day.

  • TheyKnow

    Twas a masterpiece.

    OVOXO

  • Tim Lee VA Stand Up

    That OVO and that XO is everything you believe in, i know.

  • Keepon

    def one of the dopest artist doing it….say what you want!!

    Apple just laid off 2,000 people & to give back they are giving away iPads http://t.co/DXZGAVe next 24hrs only

  • http://twitter.com/loch121 loch121

    it was a good album.Can’t hate.Too much RnB for me,but a solid album and classic
    Loch Drake Headlines freestyle music video Featured on http://artists.viewhiphop.com/?p=2190 @ViewHipHopBlog

  • Loaded

    Musically its a better album than WTT. It’s more instrumental in that it can be played by a orchesta better. Its a exprimental album. it has like a 88 on metacrtic. its an amazing album

    OVOXO kids!

  • Loaded

    Musically it’s a better album than WTT. It has like a 88 on metacritic claiming universal acclaim. Amazing cd

  • EMCEE COMPANY

    SIDELINE STORY SHOULDA BEEN #2. THIS ALBUM (EXCEPTION OF 3 STACKS VERSE AND THE FACT IT HAD A STEVIE WONDER “FEATURE”) WAS GARBAGE

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  • Uh oh

    Dont ever mention Drake having Pac’s passion again you son of a bitch.

  • bromane

    @UH OH LOL DRAKE HAS PASSION JUST BECAUSE HE DOES NOT MAKE THE SAME MUSIC AS PAC DOES NOT MEAN HE DON’T HAVE PASSION AND DRAKE ALBUM WAS A HOT ALBUM

  • Black Shady

    so this album is better than Cole’s ????? LOL yeah…right

  • get bucks

    WTT better than this album???
    I’m a Boss better than I’m on One???

    MMG is paying somebody’s car note…
    RocNation is paying somebody’s mortgage…

    I demand a recount (Oops I forgot this wasn’t a vote, but just a mere opinion).

  • album was SUPER SOFT

    DRAKE SHIT WAS FOR FEMALES NOT MEN THIS LP IS OVERRATED ,SOFT AND MADE TO PLAY CHRISTMAS MORNING WHILE BAKING COOKIES WIT GRANDMA

  • Drake fan

    Told y’all haters it would be ranked #2

  • Uh oh

    Drake can have passion all he wants but comparing it to a far more legendary artist is overrating him more than this site already does.

  • Realniggashit

    Rns I agree 100%

  • DICKrr

    NAAAAAAAAH this shit deff not better than section 80

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  • Melquan

    J. Cole > Drake