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Drake’s first solo com­pi­la­tion al­bum is filled with oldies, but they’re good­ies

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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.

FA­MIL­IAR SOUNDS

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.

CHART-TOP­PER

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.

ABOVE: Drizzy’s new record shot to the top of the charts on de­but – his ninth No 1 al­bum in the US.

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