Thank Me Later(Explicit Version) CD (2010)

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I got turned on to Drake's music by listening to some of his demo material, which is great. When I first bought Thank Me Later, I was disappointed. It was much more mellow than the songs he had on the radio and I just wasn't feeling it. However, over time, I've realized that songs like "Over" and the "Forever" are the anomaly. Once you get used to the more laid back but very intelligent and original material (80% of his stuff), it's phenomenal. Read More

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Label Universal Music Group
SKU 215924632
UPC 602527395319
UPC 14 00602527395319
Format CD
Release Date 6/15/2010
Sales Rank 253
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Author Drake
Compilation Appearance Total Club Hits 3
Compilation Appearance Ready
Compilation Appearance Blueprint 3(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Blueprint 3
Compilation Appearance Red Album(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Victory(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Teflon Don(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Teflon Don
Compilation Appearance Trill Og(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance No Mercy(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance No Mercy(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Now Or Never
Compilation Appearance Naked Soul Of Sweet Jones(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Can't Ban The Truth(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Tha Carter IV (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance I Am Not A Human Being
Compilation Appearance I Am Not A Human Being(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Pink Friday(Bonus Tracks)(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Now Or Never
Compilation Appearance Tha Carter Iv(Bonus Tracks)
Compilation Appearance Tha Carter Iv(Bonus Tracks)(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Pink Friday
Compilation Appearance We The Best Forever
Compilation Appearance We The Best Forever(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance My Life II...The Journey Continues (Act 1) [Deluxe Edition]
Compilation Appearance My Life II...The Journey Continues (Act 1)
Compilation Appearance God Forgives, I Don't [Explicit]
Compilation Appearance God Forgives, I Don't [Deluxe] [Explicit]
Compilation Appearance God Forgives, I Don't [edited]
Compilation Appearance 2012 Grammy Nominees
Compilation Appearance Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Long Live Asap(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Triple F Life (Amended)
Compilation Appearance Triple F Life(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Believe
Compilation Appearance Believe (Deluxe Edition)
Compilation Appearance Based On A Tru Story
Compilation Appearance Based On A Tru Story(Bonus Tracks)
Compilation Appearance Based On A Tru Story(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Based On A Tru Story(Bonus Tracks)(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Dreams And Nightmares(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Dreams And Nightmares
Compilation Appearance Trilogy(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Pink Friday:roman Reloaded Re Up(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Pluto 3D(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Long Live Asap
Compilation Appearance Long Live Asap(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance I Am Not A Human Being Ii
Compilation Appearance I Am Not A Human Being II (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Reincarnated
Compilation Appearance Reincarnated
Compilation Appearance Excuse My French: Deluxe Edition (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Excuse My French
Compilation Appearance Excuse My French(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Kiss Land
Compilation Appearance Kiss Land(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Boats 2 Metime(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance The 20/20 Experience #2 (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance The 20/20 Experience #2 (Edited Version)
Compilation Appearance The 20/20 Experience - The Complete Experience (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance The 20/20 Experience - The Complete Experience (2 CD) (Edited Version)
Compilation Appearance SUFFERING FROM SUCCESS(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance SUFFERING FROM SUCCESS(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Suffering From Success
Compilation Appearance BEYONCE(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Now 49
Compilation Appearance Rise Of An Empire
Compilation Appearance My Krazy Life
Compilation Appearance MY KRAZY LIFE(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance MY KRAZY LIFE(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance My Krazy Life
Compilation Appearance RISE OF AN EMPIRE(Bonus Tracks)(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance RISE OF AN EMPIRE(Bonus Tracks)
Compilation Appearance BEYONCE(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance HONEST(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance HONEST(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance PARTY NEXT DOOR TWO(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Beyonce (Platinum Edition) (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Beyonce (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Beyonce (Platinum Edition) (Clean)
Compilation Appearance Beyonce (Clean)
Compilation Appearance Pinkprint
Compilation Appearance Pinkprint
Compilation Appearance PINKPRINT(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance PINKPRINT(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Dark Sky Paradise
Compilation Appearance Dark Sky Paradise
Compilation Appearance DARK SKY PARADISE(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance DARK SKY PARADISE(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance COLE WORLD:SIDELINE STORY(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance MMG PRESENTS:SELF MADE VOL 4(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance DS2(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance DS2(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Ds2
Associated Artist/Work Minaj, Nicki
Artist Influence Andr? 3000
Artist Influence Common
Artist Influence Jay-Z
Artist Influence Lil Wayne
Artist Influence Nas
Artist Influence Phonte
Artist Influence Twista
Artist Influence Will Smith
Artist Contemporary B.o.B
Artist Contemporary Bei Maejor
Artist Contemporary Childish Gambino
Artist Contemporary Eric Bellinger
Artist Contemporary Frank Ocean
Artist Contemporary J. Cole (Rap)
Artist Contemporary Joe Budden
Artist Contemporary Kanye West
Artist Contemporary Kid Cudi
Artist Contemporary Kirko Bangz
Artist Contemporary Maejor Ali
Artist Contemporary Nicki Minaj
Artist Contemporary The Weeknd
Artist Contemporary Trey Songz
Artist Follower Kirko Bangz
Artist Follower Lorde
Technical Info
CatalogID BOO14325
Lable Name Cash Money
Released 06/15/2010
Original Release 2010
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 61m : 2s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
UPC 00602527395319
Musical Guests
Alicia Keys
Nicki Minaj
Swizz Beatz
T.I.
The D.R.E.A.M.
Young Jeezy
Jay-Z
Lil Wayne
Album Notes and Credits
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.
Photographers: Anthony Mandler; Jonathan Mannion; Philip Golebiewski.
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.
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.
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
Artist Overview
The gleefully obtuse verbal acrobatics of Lil Wayne and the pop sensibilities of Will Smith merge in Drake, an actor-turned-rapper who built tremendous, sustained buzz in the late 2000s before ever signing to a label. Canadian-born Audrey Drake Graham first garnered notice as a teenage paraplegic basketballer on Canadian high school soap opera DEGRASSI HIGH: THE NEXT GENERATION. By the mid-`00s, Drake turned his attention towards music, and between keen YouTube marketing savvy, a zest for showmanship, and a twisted world view, he earned a spot among the young lions of hip-hop. His fabled skills and free agent status led to a glut of unauthorized recordings (and subsequent lawsuits)--and, ironically, one such bootleg released digitally led to the rapper's first hit, the smash "Best I Ever Had."
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."
Disc 1
1 Fireworks
2 Karaoke
3 Resistance, The
4 Over
5 Show Me a Good Time
6 Up All Night - (featuring Nicki Minaj)
7 Fancy - (featuring T.I.)
8 Shut It Down
9 Unforgettable
10 Light Up
11 Miss Me
12 Cece's Interlude
13 Find Your Love
14 Thank Me Now
Product Attributes
Artist Drake
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc

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