Posts Tagged ‘album leak’

While technically Drake’s sophomore album “Take Care” isn’t set for release until tomorrow, the album leaked in its entirety last week. Hidden amidst all the self-loathing and The Weeknd features is this peculiar track. For the title track, Drake teamed up with his favorite fuck buddy and unrequited love, Rihanna, for a cover of the late, great Gil Scott-Heron’s “I’ll Take Care of You.”

If you’re wondering where the inspiration for this electro-synth infused track came from, look no further than Jamie xx. Over the last two years, Jamie xx of the British band the xx has made a name for himself as a producer remixing both popular and obscure songs. He has gained particular notoriety for his remixes of Gil Scott-Heron’s final album “I’m New Here.”

Interestingly, Rihanna’s latest effort “Talk That Talk,” which also leaked over the weekend, contains a track called “Drunk On Love” featuring a sample of the xx’s “Intro.” I’m sensing a trend.

-Dee Lockett

After boasting his hip-hop supremacy, J. Cole’s debut album, “Cole World: A Sideline Story,” has finally surfaced. The album leaked a week prior to its expected September 27 release date, but I’m sure that his fans are more than OK with that. The excitement over Cole’s long-awaited freshman album is evident as fans intently rummage the Internet for any links to the album that haven’t already been taken down due to copyright infringement.

Cole’s album release closely resembles that of Wiz Khalifa‘s “Deal or No Deal” in that a significant amount of the track list is composed of songs that aren’t at all new to his fans. The Roc Nation artist said in an interview with soulcuture.tv that he is currently trying to balance songs that his fans will enjoy with other tracks that are “radio friendly.” Cole says, “You have to play the game to change the game.”

Cole is definitely capable of playing the game, and maintaining his initial fan base. While the first half of the album consists primarily of catchy “hooks [that] can knock Rocky out,” generally the album will remind long-time Cole fans of the raw hip-hop that caught their attention in the first place. Overall, the album is very unique in its composition because it captures Cole’s versatility as an artist. Cole shows shows that he can do everything from top 40 hits to the conscious rap that his predecessors Common, Kanye West, and Talib Kweli would be proud of.

-A.J. Allen