Drake Celebrates Album Release in NYC

Drake was a busy man on Tuesday (November 15), but the Toronto lyricist made good use of his time, inking his autograph on albums for fans and partying in celebration of his sophomore LP’s release.

Clad in all black, Drake, appeared at Manhattan’s Beauty & Essex late night in honor of Take Care finally hitting shelves and online retail outlets.

Joined by manager Cortez Bryant, his DJ, Future the Prince, and a slew of his Toronto allies, Drake held court as his records played on the sound system.

French Montana, producer Omen (Drake’s “Shut it Down”) and DJ, A-Trak were among those in attendance at the secret celebration. Also on hand were execs from Universal, Bad Boy and Ciroc. At one point police threatened to shut the party down due to capacity concerns, as a team of NYPD officers stormed through the scene before exiting.

Earlier in the evening, Drake ventured Uptown, where nearly a thousand fans were waiting in line for the Young Money prince to sign copies of Take Care. Fans who purchased the album at the Harlem Best Buy received bracelets that allowed them to return later that same day to take part in the event.—Jayson Rodriguez