Drake’s much-anticipated sophomore LP, Take Care, was set to drop in less than three weeks on October 24th via Young Money/Cash Money/Universal. Now, though, the rapper’s October’s Very Own blog reports that both the album’s release and Drake’s upcoming U.S. tour have been pushed back. Due to pending sampling clearances, the album will now arrive November 15th, while the tour, which will also feature hip-hop upstarts ASAP Rocky and Kendrick Lamar, will take place after the New Year.
Drake in his own words:
The new date for Take Care is November 15th, 2011. I managed to create this album in my hometown of Toronto and the thoughts and stories I wanted to get across just became so clear. It truly felt like when I was here 3 years ago making So Far Gone. So I have completed 19 songs (17 on physical and 2 on bonus), and have run into a roadblock of clearing 3 samples in time to make the October 24th date. My options were to take the songs off and make the birthday release happen, or to take an extra couple weeks to get the paper work right and give you the album they way I NEED you to hear it. The choice was clear as day for me. November 15th you will get Take Care the exact way I created it with no trimmings. This music means too much to me to get attached to dates and I do apologize for the delay but I promise that it is only for the benefit of our experience together. Club Paradise Tour will also be moved to when students are back from the Christmas/New Year break so that I can get to more schools. New dates will be released in the next week…see you all soon.
Below, you can watch the video for Take Care’s lead single, “Headlines”.