Drake announced on Thursday that fans could expect a new album from him this weekend and being a man of his word, Care Package is here and with OVO Fest happening imminently, the timing couldn’t be more perfect.
Here’s the thing about Care Package: Drake described it as “some of our most important moments together available in one place,” so it’s basically his version of a B-sides collection and that’s a very good thing.
J. Cole, Rick Ross and James Fauntleroy are featured on songs and Drake name-drops Toronto, Calabasas and Jodeci across the album’s 17 tracks. “Club Paradise,” “Dreams Money Can Buy,” “Trust Issues” and “Free Spirit” with Rick Ross were released prior to 2011’s Take Care album but never made the album’s final track list. “The Motion” was one of four songs on Drake’s 2013 SoundCloud, to hype fans for Nothing Was the Same, but it eventually became a bonus track on Best Buy’s exclusive version of the album.
Rolling Stone points out that missing from Care Package are “Charged Up” and “Back to Back,” the infamous diss tracks aimed at Meek Mill. If you recall, Mill claimed Drake used ghostwriters for the song, “R.I.C.O.,” which is featured on Meek’s second studio album, Dreams Worth More Than Money, and further criticized the Canadian artist on his lack of promotion of said album. Meek responded with a diss track of his own, but eventually removed it from his SoundCloud. Because like Taylor Swift and Katy Perry, the two men knew they were stronger together, they squashed their beef and even worked together again on 2019’s “Going Bad.”
Prior to Care Package, Drake was most recently featured on Rick Ross’ “Gold Roses.”
Aside from music, the former Degrassi star is currently promoting Euphoria, the hit teen drama he executive produces. The HBO series’ first season finale airs this weekend on Crave, and a second season was recently announced.
And speaking of this weekend, let’s not forget OVO Fest, which kicks off Friday and may have riled up many Drake’s fans as tickets costs were steep for on the lawn of Budweiser Stage. But Drake, and his usual roster of surprise guests, rarely disappoints so we doubt he’s going to start now.