June 15th, 2010. I know this is a date that is ingrained in the mind of most Drake fans. The day Drake’s debut album ‘Thank Me Later’ hit both iTunes and store shelves. Drake ended the album saying we could thank him now, so have you thanked him?
Remember when people joked that Drake’s debut album would never come out? ‘So Far Gone’ was delivered to us in February of 2009 and people naturally gravitated towards both Drake and his music. If you didn’t know his name before you knew it then. The album suffered some push backs and some began to doubt. With his Blueprint 3 album, Jay-Z teased us with the line, “Drake’s up next, let’s see what he do with it”. We waited patiently to see what Drake would do. After putting in much hard work, Drake pulled everything together and on June 15th, 2010 we were finally presented with ‘Thank Me Later’.
Sure doesn’t seem like three years ago that ‘Thank Me Later’ came out. Listening to the radio, you definitely couldn’t tell. It seems like just yesterday the album leaked about a month before its actual release date. Rather than acting like the leak didn’t happen, Drake took to Twitter to tell fans to listen and enjoy. In return, fans headed out on June 15th and purchased the album causing it to hit Gold Status in about a week. It didn’t stop there. In just five short weeks, ‘Thank Me Later’ was certified Platinum. Men lie, women lie, numbers don’t.
With ‘So Far Gone’ it was already clear that Drake could make hits in his sleep and ‘Thank Me Later’ helped to reinforce this belief. Though Drake battled with fame and balancing everything, he still remained confident with lines like “call me overrated, or created , or too jaded because any way you put it bitch I made it”.
Looking back, ‘Thank Me Later’ helped to solidify Drake as one of the best rappers in the game. Here we are in 2013, and this has become more evident. Drake is often regarded as the best rapper out and people feen for his new music like no other. His music serves as time markers and help us to relive certain moments in our lives.
This album served as the perfect summer soundtrack. There were songs like “Show Me A Good Time” where you could just roll down the windows in your car and cruise. There were club anthems like “Up All Night”. Songs for the ladies like “Fancy” and even more pensive songs like “The Resistance” could be found on ‘Thank Me Later’. Drake offered up a solid album that included a “song for everyone”.
Well three years later and we’re all still jamming. He changed rapped forever. Have you thanked him yet? I sure hope so.