Drizzy spent much of the summer hunkered down in producer Noah “40” Shebib’s Toronto studio crafting the follow-up to last year’s debut, Thank Me Later. Fans and critics received that record’s big, expensive sound with decidedly mixed reviews, and the young MC has since said he intends to bring listeners back down to earth with more introspective narratives and ever-broodier beats on Take Care (Universal). “I think I got caught up in making it seem big and first-albumish,” he recently told Rolling Stone. “I was a bit numb, a bit disconnected from myself. I wasn’t able to slow down and realize what was going on around me.”

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