5 Things You Should Know About Drake’s Album ‘Thank Me Later’

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With one month to go before Drake’s highly-anticipated debut Thank Me Later drops, more details on the project are beginning to surface. Lil Wayne’s protégé recently revealed that the album will open with his Alicia Keys collaboration “Fireworks.” Entertainment Weekly had a chance to preview the disc. Here are five things to build your excitement for June 15.

1. Timbaland produced a track called “Thank Me Now.”

2. Indie pop band Francis and the Lights, who opened for Drake on tour, is featured on one song. “I wanted to take what I love about [their] music and bring it into my world,” says Drake.

3. “Karaoke” deals with the pitfalls of achieving fame at an early age. He recalls how he felt at 15 when his girlfriend told him she couldn’t love a star. “It killed me,” he explains. “I can’t wait till she hears it. She’ll know it’s her.”

4. Jay-Z schools his younger peer on “Light Up,” which he first told Rap-Up.com about in December. “He lets me know how young and naive I really sound,” Drake says. “It’s an incredible moment. He’s like, ‘This is how it really is. Because I’ve lived it.’”

5. Drake made this album for music lovers, not for the Billboard charts. “I didn’t make this album for commercial purposes. A lot of the verses are extremely long. I just made it to share with people. I hope they can enjoy.”



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56 Comments

  1. CRyno39

    Wow. This just got me very, very pumped.

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  2. RUDE BOY

    buying!

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  3. Gerrijazz

    Man I cant Wait For This Album To Drop~!

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  4. Thank me later fan

    so exited

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  5. Dillon_68

    Can’t wait to buy it!

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  6. six smalls

    can’t wait for the album
    i wish “forever” will be a bonus track on the album.

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  7. ange

    i need to hear that Alicia Keys collaboration NOW. gosh. sounds like a smash.

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  8. Omega

    the album is not gonna live up to the hype anyway and i don’t think hes that talented.

    ima download Drakes album and buy J.Coles

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  9. mississiy

    can’t wait!!!

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  10. AAA

    OMG IS IT ME or dose DRIZZy get you wet whenever you hear him,I LOVE U driZZZY!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  11. Drake#1Fan

    wow this sounds like it’s gonna be a great album, can’t wait till it drops and i like how he said this is to the fans and not to top the charts so far the 2 singles are hot..

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  12. UltraKid

    It’s all about the music.

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  13. Omega

    hes last singles he droped are pure garbage and flopped hard.

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  14. Entertainment Weekly Previews Drake’s ‘Thank Me Later’ |

    [...] 5. Drake made this album for music lovers, not for the Billboard charts. “I didn’t make this album for commercial purposes. A lot of the verses are extremely long. I just made it to share with people. I hope they can enjoy.” ~ RapUp [...]

  15. oleg

    i’m excited about drake/timbo collab.it has to be worthy

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  16. JD

    Find Your Love really got me hyped for this album because i can really identify with it.

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  17. Joyams

    It’s gonna be awesome!!

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  18. tae

    i am so excited to !!!!i love when he said he is not doing this for the charts which means we are going to get great music and not no commerical shit just to get a quick hit!!!gotta love drizzy(no homo)

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  19. BowChickaWahWah

    So is this gonna sound more like a mixtape then? Whatev, I cannot WAIT to buy this album!! Lol Imma be bumping Da Carter IV, Thank Me Later, and Nicki Minaj’s album non-stop! Young Money!!

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  20. Yungmoney

    Drake is sick yung money is holding it down like they got 12 year olds on dat shit, free Weezy, 4 my town sickest hook by drake

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  21. Yungmoney

    Free weezy

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  22. Zaid

    “Find Your Love” and this article definitely making me buy the album now.

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  23. Thank me later fan

    Everybody should buy this album.
    We need someone in hiphop who can sell records except em and jay

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  24. GangsterA

    I cant wait for this album sound so hot and cant wait for nicki album too young money rocks

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  25. sam

    Anyone think this album might debut 200k+ first week?

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  26. 2Trill

    ^he def gone sell over 200k in tha first week

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  27. UltraKid

    @Omega,
    How did “Over” and “Find Your Love” flop when both singles get lots of air play on the radio infact both songs are over played so how did those singles flop???

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  28. peace&music

    OMG CANT WAIT IMMA BUT LIKE FIVE COPIES! ITS GONNA BE A CLASSIC!!!!! TML BITCH JUNE 15TH!!!!!!!!!!

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  29. peace&music

    & @Omega how DUMB r u ‘Over’ is HUGGE record and ‘Find your love’ is a great song. Didnt you read that the album isnt for the charts its for music lovers? SMH!

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  30. Me

    Timbaland On It… Im Gonna Buy It!!!

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  31. Pmoods

    I think Find Your Love is the hottest song off the album so far. Shut it Down is next and over is last. That is how good it is. When a song like Over, which was so amazing, is possibly one of the worst on the album the album is gonna be unstoppable. Im just really dissapointed with the Miss Me (feat. Lil’ Wayne) song which has leaked. It was originally called All Night Long and i hoped it wasnt gonna be on the album but i think it is. Please comment back if youve heard it. I just dont really like the beat and the lyrics are meaningless.

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  32. Mook

    200k first week? LOL you’re crazy if you think Drake will do anything less than 500k first week. Don’t be surprised if he sell A Milli. “Cause a million copies really isn’t far-fetched”

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  33. jo3y

    @omega!! hell yea dat nigga j cole shiting on drake lyrically! definately buying j cole album… not too sure about drake tho, so far all the singles i’v heard from the album are
    ‘OK” July is da best so far. if he comes out wit better stuff i myte copp it!

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  34. Mary

    Im lukn 4ward 2t!i lùv drizzy!

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  35. omega

    Drakes singles haven’t even cracked the top 10! thats what im telling you stans. stop lying to yourselfs.

    Em just droped a single then the next day its fuckin hugh.

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  36. nick

    @pmoods. Ur a ruhtard how do u not like that song kys

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  37. rap2soul-WEBschau: Black Music News für den 17. Mai 2010 | rap2soul

    [...] Me Later” zu Gast sein. Timbaland produziert einen Track für das neue Album. Rap-Up.com AKPC_IDS += [...]

  38. JBreeze

    did he just say that this album isnt for commercial purposes? O.o Whoa. thats a bold-faced lie. smh! hope he does good though, hes good for mainstream hip-hop.

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  39. JBreeze

    and lmfao! why do yall continue 2 bring up j. cole? he has NOTHING to do with this article. I’m a big cole fan myself nd i think hes betta than drake lyrically but c’mon, stop with the comparisons in every article either one of them do. like jesus…..smh.

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  40. jean

    drake is better than j.cole…so don’t say b……t!!i wonder why a few group of persons persist in saying this …i feel sorry for you but drake is the future

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  41. j

    Miss Me is sick – have u not heard the part where he says “Drake stands for Do Right And Kill Everything”

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  42. JayRide

    love drizzy he should do somethyn wit ciara that wud b hot!! like a remix to ride

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  43. stacie

    I DONT REALLY KNOW THIS GUY BUT HE SOUNDS OK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  44. amy

    if its not for commercial purposes.and the verses r very long.then he shuldnt bother.it wnt do well.

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  45. The Truth

    Are you all serious? What, did Drizzy Drake hire some interns to create all this hype?!?! Sounds like he’s already concocted an excuse if record sales are poor. All music should be for the people, but the record biz is all about the Benji’s. If he really didn’t want the album to be “commercial” Then why all the collabo’s? I wish artists today were more confident about their talent. They seem to rely on all these collaborations to increase sales volume. Collaborations should be used minimally, but today it seems to be the standard. Real talent can attract fans and sales even if they stand on their own. Seems to me like this biz needs to be re-cultivated by going back to the basics.

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  46. dockevoc

    Yo this dude is a fruity rapper like a skittles package. If you’re a male listening to this guy, you need to take a long look in the mirror for real.

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  47. diamond

    well to be real man drake can come up with the greates hit in nothing but minutes man that what you call a man thats into the game with his head on right you got game keep up the good work so much people wish they was were your at but for people like me keep reppin

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  48. SoniQ15

    I like Drake’s music. “Over” was an awesome song, and I don’t really care what you haters think about it. I also like “Find Your Love”, really like the direction he took with that one. Plus, Drakes collabo with Alicia Keys was really good as well. I like how Drake is trying to take his music in a different direction than other rappers. I’m not trying to say he’s the best rapper alive, because he isn’t. I’m just trying to say that I like Drake’s style of music.

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  49. burgess

    find your love was hot…the video was sicker…but that miss me!!!OMFG drizzy and weezy sho their roots man goota hear

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  50. Kdrjr85

    Drake makes good music and already has a international fan base. He makes music for everyone to vibe to. Some of y’all dudes on here mad haters if you where in his shoes you would want the support. J Cole a good rapper I bump him but he ain’t gone appeal to everyone. So buy Drake and enjoy and if you not listening to j Cole yet do so cause he hungry.

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  51. lilzay2kay

    drake iz beter than any rapper cuz any song he z in iz hard not to like and i no lil wayne put drake wher drake iz at but no disrespect to weezy i think drake surpasses lil wayne

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  52. UzZy

    @MOOK hahaha, u wrote “200k first week? LOL you’re crazy if you think Drake will do anything less than 500k first week. Don’t be surprised if he sell A Milli”
    That boy sold 447.000 his first week. That’s UNDER 500K ! And people thought he would do a milli.. Wayne thought Drake would do two millies. Haha, a bit under 4 and half hundred thousand copies..

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  53. UzZy

    props @sam for aiming under a milli

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  54. UzZy

    and a last thing.. not dissing Drake, or his numbers.. 447K is really impressive. A milli became a trend after Carter III. But everything over 100K’s first week is good ! peace /though I know some will try to go internet war against me LOL .

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  55. momo$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    good song

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  56. MantisMusic

    this rebecca black chick reminds me of when kim zolciak and the duchess from real housewives tried to have their own music careers.

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