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Format: CD
Sku: 215924632
UPC: 602527395319
UPC 14: 00602527395319
Release Date: 6/15/2010
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Fireworks ~ Drake (Rapper/Singer)
2. Karaoke ~ Drake (Rapper/Singer)
3. Resistance, The ~ Drake (Rapper/Singer)
4. Over ~ Drake (Rapper/Singer)
5. Show Me a Good Time ~ Drake (Rapper/Singer)
6. Up All Night - (featuring Nicki Minaj) ~ Drake (Rapper/Singer)
7. Fancy - (featuring T.I.) ~ Drake (Rapper/Singer)
8. Shut It Down ~ Drake (Rapper/Singer)
9. Unforgettable ~ Drake (Rapper/Singer)
10. Light Up ~ Drake (Rapper/Singer)
11. Miss Me ~ Drake (Rapper/Singer)
12. Cece's Interlude ~ Drake (Rapper/Singer)
13. Find Your Love ~ Drake (Rapper/Singer)
14. Thank Me Now ~ Drake (Rapper/Singer)
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Recording information: Avex Recording Studio, Honolulu, HI; Blast Off Studios; Blast Off Studios, New York, NY; BLD&DSTRY, Toronto, ON; Cherry Beach Studios, Toronto, ON; Gee Jam Studios, Portland, Jamaica; Glenwood Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Lexington, KY; Metalworks Studios, Toronto, ON; New Orleans, LA; Nightbird Studios, W Hollywood, CA; Roc The Mic, New York, NY; Takeover Studios, Houston, TX; The Hit Factory, Miami, FL; The Setai Hotel Recording Studio, Miami, FL; Triangle Sounds Studio, Atlanta, GA.
Muze PNote Photographers: Anthony Mandler; Jonathan Mannion; Philip Golebiewski.
Muze PNote By the time of the release of Drake's first full-length album, the Canadian rapper was already a star thanks to his huge single "Best I Ever Had," his celebrated mixtape and then EP So Far Gone, and his spots on hits by Young Money and Eminem. Thank Me Later had the tough assignment of living up to the anticipation and further Drake as an artist, and it totally lives up to the hype. Thanks to the rich and nuanced production and Drake's thoughtful, playful, and intense lyrics, Thank Me Later is a radio-friendly, chart-topping collection of singles but also a serious examination of Drake's life that holds up as an album.
Muze PNote Most of the record finds the young rapper (23 at the time of release) conflicted about his growing stardom and fame. Whether it's a relationship splitting up as on the melancholy "Karaoke," worries about the fame changing him ("The Resistance"), fears that so-called real hip-hop fans will find him manufactured ("Show Me a Good Time"), or the difficult nature of romance when you're a star ("Miss Me"), Drake isn't afraid to examine what the past year has done to his life. He's also not afraid to talk about how great life has become as well, dropping plenty of lines about the money, the women, and his own prowess as a rapper. His belief in his own skills is well-founded, as the list of collaborators lined up to work with him attests. T.I., Swizz Beatz, Young Jeezy, the-Dream, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, and Drake's mentor Lil Wayne all drop by to add verses, sing hooks, and produce tracks, and their presence sometimes serves to liven things up and keep Drake away from his melancholy nature.
Muze PNote The T.I./Swizz Beatz track "Fancy" is a fun and sassy summer jam with a huge hook, his track with Jay-Z ("Light Up") is a fierce takedown of the Industry and the damage it can wreak, and the Nicki Minaj collabo "Up All Night" is a tough-as-nails boast that features Drake at his most insistent. Elsewhere, Lil Wayne's verse on "Miss Me" is his usual breathtaking verbal roller coaster, the-Dream's vocals on the verses of "Shut It Down" are heartbreakingly sincere, and Jeezy adds some welcome ferociousness to "Unforgettable." It's like all the guests had to bring their best game to keep up with Drake, and they didn't want the youngster to show them up. He never shows anyone up exactly (though Jay-Z's verse sounds kind of out of breath compared to Drake's), but he definitely proves that he belongs at the very top of the game. His nimble flow is impressive; his words are heartfelt, brainy, and surprising; and while his singing may not be the best, it shows a vulnerability that is rare in rap circles. Indeed, it is this willingness to be introspective and honest that makes Drake unique and helps make Thank Me Later special. It is the rare album, rap or otherwise, that follows through on the artist's potential and the fan's anticipation. ~ Tim Sendra

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Alicia Keys
Muze Guest Artist Nicki Minaj
Muze Guest Artist Swizz Beatz
Muze Guest Artist T.I.
Muze Guest Artist The D.R.E.A.M.
Muze Guest Artist Young Jeezy
Muze Guest Artist Jay-Z
Muze Guest Artist Lil Wayne

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Total Club Hits 3
Muze Music Compilations Priceless(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Ready
Muze Music Compilations Blueprint 3(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Blueprint 3
Muze Music Compilations Red Album(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Body
Muze Music Compilations Body(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Priceless(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Victory(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Teflon Don(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Teflon Don
Muze Music Compilations Trill Og(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations No Mercy(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations No Mercy(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Now Or Never
Muze Music Compilations Naked Soul Of Sweet Jones(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Can't Ban The Truth(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Tha Carter IV (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations I Am Not A Human Being
Muze Music Compilations I Am Not A Human Being(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Pink Friday(Bonus Tracks)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Now Or Never
Muze Music Compilations Tha Carter Iv(Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Tha Carter Iv(Bonus Tracks)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Pink Friday
Muze Music Compilations We The Best Forever
Muze Music Compilations We The Best Forever(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Black And White America
Muze Music Compilations Cole World:sideline Story
Muze Music Compilations Cole World:sideline Story
Muze Music Compilations My Life II...The Journey Continues (Act 1) [Deluxe Edition]
Muze Music Compilations My Life II...The Journey Continues (Act 1)
Muze Music Compilations God Forgives, I Don't [Explicit]
Muze Music Compilations God Forgives, I Don't [Deluxe] [Explicit]
Muze Music Compilations God Forgives, I Don't [edited]
Muze Music Compilations 2012 Grammy Nominees
Muze Music Compilations God Forgives I Don't
Muze Music Compilations Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Long Live Asap(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Triple F Life (Amended)
Muze Music Compilations Triple F Life(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Believe
Muze Music Compilations Believe (Deluxe Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Based On A Tru Story
Muze Music Compilations Based On A Tru Story(Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Based On A Tru Story(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Based On A Tru Story(Bonus Tracks)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Dreams And Nightmares(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Dreams And Nightmares
Muze Music Compilations Trilogy(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Pink Friday:roman Reloaded Re Up(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Pluto 3D(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Pluto 3D
Muze Music Compilations Long Live Asap
Muze Music Compilations Long Live Asap(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations I Am Not A Human Being II Deluxe Edition (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations I Am Not A Human Being Ii
Muze Music Compilations I Am Not A Human Being II (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Reincarnated
Muze Music Compilations Reincarnated
Muze Music Compilations Excuse My French: Deluxe Edition (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Excuse My French
Muze Music Compilations Excuse My French(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Kiss Land
Muze Music Compilations Kiss Land(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Boats 2 Metime(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations The 20/20 Experience #2 (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations The 20/20 Experience #2 (Edited Version)
Muze Music Compilations The 20/20 Experience - The Complete Experience (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations The 20/20 Experience - The Complete Experience (2 CD) (Edited Version)
Muze Music Compilations SUFFERING FROM SUCCESS(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations SUFFERING FROM SUCCESS(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Suffering From Success
Muze Music Compilations BEYONCE(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Now 49
Muze Music Compilations RISE OF AN EMPIRE(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Rise Of An Empire
Muze Music Compilations My Krazy Life
Muze Music Compilations MY KRAZY LIFE(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations MY KRAZY LIFE(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations My Krazy Life
Muze Music Compilations RISE OF AN EMPIRE(Bonus Tracks)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations RISE OF AN EMPIRE(Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations BEYONCE(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations HONEST(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations HONEST(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Honest

Associated Artists and Works

Minaj, Nicki

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 06/15/2010
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2010
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : BOO14325
Music Label Name Label : Motown
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00602527395319

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.76)
- 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "He's subtle and rueful rather than loud and lively; emotionally transparent rather than thuggy....Packing his songs with clever images and punch lines that land with a snap..."

Spin - "The abundance of spacey synths and clattering, reverbed percussion makes THANK ME LATER feel like ideal cruising music for a ramshackle UFO, but it also incorporates dynamics like few other hip-hop albums before it."

XXL (Magazine)
(pp.93-94)
- "The project has a bunch of surefire hits. The Kanye West-produced 'Find Your Love' is all lo-fi drums and rich piano chords..."

Paste (magazine)
- "The front end of THANK ME LATER sees Drake addressing his fame head-on with a trio of barebones, confessional songs about lost love, money, women and fame..."

Pitchfork (Website)
- "[I]t's understated-yet-undeniable emotion that drives this album more than anything else."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Drake
Product attributeLabel:   Universal Music Group
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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