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EDITORS’ NOTES

After a mixtape propelled Drake from Canadian TV star to bona fide hitmaker, Thank Me Later confirmed his star status. His official studio debut solidifies his moody signature sound while grappling frankly with fame, sex, and self-doubt. Seamlessly fusing hip-hop and R&B, he renders navel-gazing in hi-def clarity: “Karaoke” and “Cece’s Interlude” find the newly minted icon pining for the comfort of old flames and simpler times. But his uncertainty about his newfound fame pales in comparison with the celebratory mood of songs like the triumphant "Over."

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After a mixtape propelled Drake from Canadian TV star to bona fide hitmaker, Thank Me Later confirmed his star status. His official studio debut solidifies his moody signature sound while grappling frankly with fame, sex, and self-doubt. Seamlessly fusing hip-hop and R&B, he renders navel-gazing in hi-def clarity: “Karaoke” and “Cece’s Interlude” find the newly minted icon pining for the comfort of old flames and simpler times. But his uncertainty about his newfound fame pales in comparison with the celebratory mood of songs like the triumphant "Over."

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
13K Ratings
13K Ratings
One of the Best Debuts in Rap History ,

Thank Me Later - Drake

I would rate this album individually, but I see no point when the whole album is a masterpiece. Every single individual song is worth every single cent. Drake is amazing. His raps can't be touched, and his smooth voice flows well when he sings. Let me tell you my favorite songs, the whole album. And that's not a lie, I wanted to grade Drake as tough as I could, but I couldn't. Drake is hands down the best rapper out there right now next to Eminem. Drake said let this album be the soundtrack to your summer and he was right. So play the whole album back to back, you won't be disappointed.

Nathan Chancellor ,

AMAZING!!

Okay, first off, this album is worth the buy. Purchase the whole thing. But here is a track by track review for those of you who don't like to purchase entire albums:

Fireworks (10/10): This is an amazing track. I almost see this as a summer anthem in a way. Alicia Keys's hook is great. This track showcases Drake's rapping at its best.

Karaoke (8/10): Drake can actually sing but I don't think this is his singing at its best. The lyrics aren't the best but the beat is good. Still a good track.

The Resistance (9/10): Great track. Drake shows that he won't be leaving the rap game for a while. But the lyrics are kind of boring. Drake rapping about girls again... like we haven't heard that. But the hook is amazing!

Over (10/10): The first single of the album, I fell in love with Drake because of this track. Like Fireworks, this is Drake's rapping at its best. A great beat from Boi-1da and amazing lyrics from Drake equals a star track.

Show Me A Good Time (7.5/10): The lyrics are fine (not great) but the beat is SO annoying. Another one of those girl tracks. Good track but not great.

Up All Night (9.5/10): Beat is good, Drake is amazing on it, Nicki Manaj is actually okay. But there seems to be something missing that I can't exactly put my finger on. Maybe the hook isn't that great. But still an amazing track!

Fancy (9.5/10): The hook is a little annoying but all of the performers in this tracks spit fire. The track is a bit long but it is great regardless.

Shut It Down (8/10): This track is a bit too slow for this album. It seems out of place. It is much longer that any other track. But it is okay.

Unforgettable (9/10): Wow. Not a ten out of ten but the rapping is great. The beat is great. Kinda has an eerie tone to it. Good track

Light Up (11/10): I LOVE this track. The instant I saw Jay-Z was on this track, I knew this would be an amazing track. And it didn't disappoint. This is the best track on the album for me. This track reminds me of the early Jay-Z days. I almost see this as a mentoring track, Jay-Z giving tips to Drake. The hook is AMAZING here. Both rappers spit lava here. Beast beat, amazing hook and great rapping makes this the best track.

Miss Me (9/10): Third single. Both verses are long and the last minute seems out of place. But the hook is good and Lil Wayne actually raps pretty well on this track. Both verses are good. Well done track

Cece's Interlude (8.5/10): Beat is a bit weird and Drake sounds auto tuned a little bit. But it is a good track nonetheless. Good lyrics but beware, another girl track

Find Your Love (9.5/10): Second single. Good lyrics, pretty well done beat and production by Kanye West and great singing by Drake. My only beef with this song is that it sounds like a left over track from 808s & Heartbreak. But Drake pulls off the track so well I can look past it.

Thank Me Now (10/10): Great beat and production by Timbaland plus amazing lyrics and rapping by Drake make this an amazing closing to Drake's debut album

Star tracks:
1. Light Up
2. Fireworks
3. Over
4. Thank Me Now
5. Up All Night

This is an amazing album as a whole. 5 stars hands down. With a few holes here and there, this album is still solid and worth the buy.

Worst game eva! ,

Drake

Best album of 2010 thank you drake

About Drake

Canadian songwriter, producer, rapper, and singer Drake sustained a high-level commercial presence shortly after he turned to rapping in 2006, whether with his own chart-topping releases or a long string of guest appearances on hits by the likes of Lil Wayne, Rihanna, and A$AP Rocky. Each one of the former child actor's first four proper albums, as well as a 2015 mixtape, topped the album charts in his native Canada and in the U.S. Though he caroused with his most hedonistic contemporaries, Drake was frequently praised for his sensitive, introspective approach to rap and R&B. He also used his platform to support emerging talent like the Weeknd, and eventually formed his own OVO Sound label.

Known initially for his role as Jimmy Brooks on Degrassi: The Next Generation, the Toronto, Ontario-born Aubrey Drake Graham stepped out as a rapper and singer with pop appeal in 2006, when he initiated a series of mixtapes. A year later, despite being unsigned, he scored major exposure when his cocky and laid-back track "Replacement Girl," featuring Trey Songz, was featured on BET's 106 & Park program as its "Joint of the Day." He raised his profile throughout the next several months by popping up on countless mixtapes and remixes, and as rumors swirled about contract offers from labels, he gradually became one of the most talked-about artists in the industry. It did not hurt that he had support from the likes of Kanye West, Jay-Z, and Lil Wayne.

By the end of June 2009, "Best I Ever Had," a promotional single, had climbed to number two on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. After a fierce bidding war, Drake signed with Universal Motown in late summer and released an EP (So Far Gone) made up of songs from his popular So Far Gone mixtape. It peaked at number six on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and won a 2010 Juno Award for Rap Recording of the Year. Thank Me Later, a full-length featuring collaborations with the Kings of Leon, the-Dream, Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Lil Wayne, was issued through Young Money in June 2010. It debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Still, the artist felt his debut was rushed, so its follow-up arrived in November 2015 with the title Take Care, referencing the increased time and effort put into the album's creation. Receiving critical acclaim, Grammy Awards, and the number one slot on the U.S. Billboard 200, Take Care cemented Drake's place as one of Canada's biggest exports.

In 2012, while on tour, Drake announced that he had started work on what would be his third studio album. Nothing Was the Same was released the following September. It spawned many singles, topped charts around the world, was shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize, and was nominated for a Best Rap Album Grammy. Soon after the album's release, he hit the road on an extended tour, took part in some collaborations, and released a few singles, including the Grammy-nominated "0 to 100/The Catch Up." His next release was planned as a free mixtape before Cash Money decided they would rather charge for it. The decidedly downbeat If You're Reading This It's Too Late was released in February 2015 and debuted at number one, while all 17 of its songs entered the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

In late summer 2015, he dropped a trio of new tracks on his SoundCloud page. One of them, the Timmy Thomas-sampling "Hotline Bling," became a Top Five pop hit in Canada and the U.S. and something of a cultural phenomenon. Later that year, Drake hit the studio with Future for a six-day session that yielded the mixtape What a Time to Be Alive. Upon the album's September release, it became Drake's second recording of the year to debut at number one. After dropping three singles in the beginning months of 2016, Drake's fourth album, Views, was released in April and debuted at number one. It revolved lyrically around his hometown Toronto and featured production by longtime cohorts Noah "40" Shebib and Boi-1da, among others. Late that year, Drake issued another trio of singles, including the chart-topping "Fake Love." They preceded the playlist More Life, released the following March with appearances from Kanye West, Quavo, Travis Scott, and Young Thug. The release became his seventh consecutive chart-topping album. At the start of 2018, Drake issued the two-song EP Scary Hours. Both "Diplomatic Immunity" and "God's Plan" hit the Top Ten, the latter becoming his second solo chart-topper. That same month, Drake also appeared on "Walk It Talk It" from Migos' Culture II. ~ Andy Kellman

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October 24, 1986

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