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Drake’s first solo compilation album is filled with oldies, but they’re goodies
Arriving with little fanfare, Care Package is a surprise treat for Drizzy fans. It’s not the new album we’ve all been holding out for, but it’s nearly as good.
WHAT’S IN THE PACKAGE?
The 17-track compilation record consists of loosies – loose tracks released between 2010 and 2016 – not included on any other albums. Up to now these songs could only be found by sifting through SoundCloud or YouTube.
Drake announced the release on Instagram a day before it was available to stream, writing, “Some of our most important moments together available in one place. Care Package.”
Some well-known names pop up on the album – J Cole is on Jodeci Freestyle and Rick Ross contributes to Free Spirit.
James Fauntleroy and Sampha add vocals to Girls Love Beyoncé and The Motion, while Jai Paul has uncredited vocals on Dreams Money Can Buy, as does Beyoncé on Can I.
WHY ONLY RELEASE THE TRACKS NOW?
The short answer is several of them, like Dreams Money Can Buy, Draft Day and Girls Love Beyoncé, contain expensive samples which may have made their releases difficult.
Other songs are raw and experimental, warm-ups and tryouts for later tracks.
ARE THESE ALL OF DRIZZY’S LOOSIES?
Nope. The Meek Mill diss tracks Charged Up and Back to Back aren’t on here, presumably because Drake and Meek have made up, and the Canadian rapper isn’t interested in reopening old wounds.
Three tracks – Dreams Money Can Buy, Club Paradise and Free Spirit – were released as singles ahead of his second album, 2011’s Take Care.
Despite their massive popularity, none made it onto the album, although they were easily found on Drake’s official YouTube account.
Care Package debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 chart, making it Drizzy’s ninth No 1 debut –following top spots by five albums and three EPs.
Not too shabby for a bunch of oldies living online.
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