Thank Me Later(Explicit Version) CD (2010)

Artist: Drake

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on 5/15/2013

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.

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Product Overview


Label Universal Music Group
SKU 215924632
UPC 602527395319
UPC 14 00602527395319
Format CD
Release Date 6/15/2010
Author Drake
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 Skate
Artist Contemporary The Weeknd
Artist Contemporary Travi$ Scott
Artist Contemporary Trey Songz
Artist Follower Bryson Tiller
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
The D.R.E.A.M.
Young Jeezy
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
Drake has been a cross-platform cultural phenomenon during the 2010s. The songwriter, producer, rapper, and singer sustained a high-level commercial presence shortly after he turned to rapping in 2006, whether on his own chart-topping releases or through 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 three albums, as well as a 2015 mixtape that followed them, 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. ~ Andy Kellman
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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