Not too long ago, having bonus tracks on an album actually meant something. They were an incentive used by iTunes or Target and the like to convince consumers to purchase an album at their establishment. Before that, those extra songs were included to lure overseas fans; Kurt Cobain once jokingly referred to the In Utero extra "Gallons of Rubbing Alcohol Flow Through the Strip" as "Deflated American Dollar Purchase Incentive Track." Nowadays, bonus tracks are just songs rappers give out to avoid leaking music from the actual album.
Drake appeared on Los Angeles' Power 106 yesterday to discuss his new album Take Care as well as share some music from the 17-song disc. However, he instead debuted TC's bonus track "The Motto," featuring Lil Wayne. (Four of Take Care's songs have already emerged, so it's understandable if Drake wants to keep the rest of the disc under wraps until its November 15th release date.) "The Motto" is a pretty straight-up song produced by T-Minus; it's more of a freestyle than the overblown emo-rap we're expecting from Drake's sophomore LP. Here's the clean version of "The Motto." Download this or the dirty version over at the rapper's October's Very Own blog. That's right, he's giving away his bonus track for free:
During his interview, Drizzy shared some more details about Take Care. Despite Stevie Wonder's absence from the track list, Drake promised that the legendary singer would still appear on the album, Consequence of Sound reports. The Amp's favorite emerging rapper Kendrick Lamar will also have a verse on the album, and Drake's fellow Torontonians the Weeknd will appear on a few songs, not just the previously advertised "Crew Love." He also premiered a new remix of the single "Headlines" that boasts a few bars by T.I., but it's unclear if this new version will replace the original on Take Care.