One of the standout moments on Drake‘s platinum-selling album Take Care is his collaboration with Rihanna on the title track. Credited to Drake, and producers Noah “40″ Shebib and Jamie xx, the critically acclaimed song has a long history that you may not know about.
Drake’s “Take Care” evolved over time from a song called “I’ll Take Care of You,” written by Brook Benton and recorded by blues and soul singer Bobby Bland in 1959.
On his 2010 album, I’m New Here, poet, author, and musician Gil Scott-Heron covered Bland’s version, adding piano and an orchestra to the original.
A year later, Jamie xx released an entire album called We’re New Here that remixed Scott-Heron’s I’m New Here by transforming it with a dance sound.
Add Drake’s longtime producer and friend 40 and Rihanna’s vocals into the mix, and you get what you heard on “Take Care.”
It’s always interesting to see how songs evolve and recycle. Good music never dies and this is a perfect example. We hear there is a video in the works for Drake and Rihanna’s version, can’t wait! In the meantime, check out the evolution of “Take Care” below!
Bobby Bland singing the original:
Gil Scott-Heron covering the original:
Jamie xx’s remix with Gil Scott-Heron
Drake featuring Rihanna – Take Care