Drake Discusses Take Care Criticism and Getting Back Into Acting

With his sophomore album, Take Care, in stores this week, Drake stopped by Hot 97 yesterday (November 16) as part of his promotional run and chopped it up with Angie Martinez. Between discussions of long lines for signings and hi-tech showers, Drizzy discussed handling criticism and his plans to get back into acting.

“I kind of felt it before,” the Toronto native said of the criticism he’s felt regarding Take Care versus the backlash from his debut Thank Me Later. “I feel like the grace period of just strictly being new and exciting has passed. Now it’s more about, OK, how long can you keep it up? It’s tough, because sometimes I just want people to appreciate it for what it is.”

Still, he makes sure to focus on the positive feedback, rather than the negative. “I get way more love than I do any of the other stuff.”

One of the major knocks on the new album has been that it is too R&B heavy. Drake told Hot 97, though, that he’s in a rapping zone right now, and that fans should expect more raps. “I’m hungry right now, as far as music goes,” he said. “I’m right back in. I’m in attack mode right now. Songs are coming, ideas are coming, bars are coming and I feel like rapping a lot right now.”

The 25-year-old, who first made his name on Canadian television show Degrassi also said that he plans on getting back into acting.

“I actually just signed with William Morris,” the Young Money rhymer said. “Now that the album is out, I am trying to find the right role to begin… I’m not gonna play a rapper or a basketball player or something that’s easy or predictable. I want to do something that will allow me to do something else. I might have to flex some skills.” —Adam Fleischer

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  • MindState

    My thing with Drake is.. It’s like dont you know that’s what people want from you fool?! lol Dont get me wrong doing some R&B joints is cool and smart but we wanna hear them punchlines nigga over some ill beats. At least I know I do.. I like the album, but still once again it’s just a lil too slow to bang all the way through like that.

  • Todd

    @Mindstate i completely feel what you’re saying. But singing is part of the artist drake is. He expresses a large portion of who he is and his life through it and if you imagine hearing a song like “The Real Her” or “Doing it Wrong” ” in someone else’s home for the first time and not knowing who made it I think you’d probably say ‘damn this is a chill slow jam who the fuck is this?!’ Its because we have all these preconceived notions about drake going into listening to it. But keep in mind that he doesn’t have those thoughts. He hears the music for what he made it, which is the ideal way to listen

  • http://thisis50.com PM

    My first listen through I didn’t love it. Take care is growing on me, Its a nice change up from going Hard all the time.

  • bucs

    I understand sure he has a voice and that gives him the room to be versatile but what made him was the flow we didnt lik from me to you cause of call it off and brias intrulude it was succesful and im on and he was jus doing it now hes singing way 2 much the beats all the same on take care its all bad and weird he needs 2 get back 2 rap


    Thats crazy i was just wondering if he was going 2 start acting again. Thats DOPE! Drake is a GREAT ARTIST! Ithink he has changed music in BRIGED the gap between rap and r&b in a way NO other rapper has done before!

  • twzzy

    on the real, all I want from drake, is for him ot actually NOT BE A MONOTONE LIL BYTCH, every song he sings/raps on he has no heart/passion, its like he’d bored i don’t wnana hear no “vocalis/singer/rapper” like that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ebahmorphy ebah morphy

    wel am yet to buy d stuff.i hope it sells enuf.we luv drake n want him to have money so he can feed his family.