Though I’m not sure we’ll ever be able to recapture the same excitement and essence of record release days pre-Internet piracy, downloading a red-hot leak late at night and heading to Twitter to see what people are thinking actually comes pretty close. And, few leaks in 2011 come with more fanfare than Drake’s Take Care illicitly hitting the web. As much as I strained to wait and hear the full version — the leak is missing the closing track, the Jamie xx-produced “The Ride” — I convinced myself that I was supposed to listen to it for work, mostly just to make myself feel a little better about it. Oh, well. It’s here, and it’s great, improving on Thank Me Later in almost every single aspect as well as delivering several moments that will get people talking (that “Back That Azz Up” flip! Kendrick Lamar’s starmaking verse on the “Marvin’s Room” interlude! A harmonica solo! Wayne shows up and delivers! That Andre verse!).
Drizzy acknowledged the leak, probably from a club or something:
Give it some burn and I’ll see you in the comments. More on Take Care soon.