"So I have completed 19 songs (17 on physical and 2 on bonus), and have run into a roadblock of clearing 3 samples in time to make the October 24th date," Drake wrote on his October's Very Own blog. "My options were to take the songs off and make the birthday release happen, or to take an extra couple weeks to get the paper work right and give you the album they way I NEED you to hear it. The choice was clear as day for me. November 15th you will get Take Care the exact way I created it with no trimmings. This music means too much to me to get attached to dates and I do apologize for the delay but I promise that it is only for the benefit of our experience together."
Sample clearing is a tiny but important detail that rappers often ignore. In August, Jay-Z and Kanye West faced some backlash for failing to get the appropriate clearance on a piece of Syl Johnson's "Different Strokes" for their Watch the Throne bonus track "The Joy." Johnson was "nearly in tears" when he found out his song was sampled without proper clearance, so give credit Drake for taking the extra time to ensure he didn't make anyone cry.