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Brad Wete
August 01, 2011 AT 04:00 PM EDT

Similar to how he brought in his last album Thank Me Later with “Over“—a cut that didn’t scream “pop smash!” but was a quality tone-setter—Canadian rhymer Drake dropped the first single from his forthcoming sophomore album Take Care this weekend.

The cut, “Headlines,” is a menacing beginning for the highly anticipated set. Aware of those who think his decline is imminent, Drake kicks his first verse off by saying that the negativity surrounding him is actually motivation to continue on his hot streak. Finding his groove shouldn’t be too difficult, considering he’s featured on “I’m On One.” It’s the biggest rap record of the summer. Still, he asks for help.

“I had someone tell me I fell off/ Oh, I needed that / And the they want to see me pick back up/ Well, where’d I leave it at?” he raps melodically. Listen here:

As usual, Drake’s vocals switch lanes—swerving in and out of spitting rhymes and crooning the “They know” hook. It’s a solid record and wonderful warm-up. But it’s certainly not one I expect to reach the top 10 on the Billboard hot 100 singles chart. I’ll be on the lookout for his second single, which will likely be the pop one he’ll ride into the stores when Take Care drops October 24.

And is if fans need more reasons to be excited about Drizzy’s Care, this morning news hit that iconic soul singer Stevie Wonder assisted with several songs on the record.

“I’m honored to call him a friend, someone who embraced me very early in this music business,” Drake told MuchMusic. “Stevie Wonder is actually on Take Care. He helped me out with a lot of the music, just came and sat with me, listened to my music, told me where I could add a couple things to make it more sonically appealing, and not only that but we actually are writing together, which is an incredible experience.”

Looking forward to Take Care? And what do you think of the single? Let us know.

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