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Drake Sparks Fan Rumors Of 'Take Care 2' With Instagram Photo.

Drake ignited rumors of a possible "Take Care" sequel after sharing a photo to Instagram Monday that resembled the 2011 album's cover. The reimagined version of the album's cover art, which was simply captioned "scuzzi," caused fans to believe a sequel was in the works.

"Take Care" debuted six years ago, proving to be a successful sophomore album for the rapper. "Marvin's Room," "Headlines" and "The Motto" were among a list of eight singles that gained popularity from the record. 

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Drake posted the updated "Take Care" photo alongside (https://www.instagram.com/champagnepapi/) four other photos , which showed the rapper decked out in an October's Very Own-themed sweatsuit. He captioned (https://www.instagram.com/p/BWqoYJsjVMK/?taken-by=champagnepapi) one of the photos with "Woodbridge Papi," referencing his Canadian side. Since Drake is known for publicly poking fun at various aspects of his life on social media, it's hard to determine the legitimacy of the photos and the meaning behind them.

While the cryptic photo could have been a way for the rapper to gauge the public's interest on a "Take Care" sequel, he could have also been feeding into the hype around it. 

Drake hasn't confirmed the story behind the photo, but fans drew their own conclusions. 

One user wrote, "If Take Care 2 comes out I'm breaking up with my girlfriend and getting back with my ex." Another user tweeted, "Drizzy got the curls back and just posted this [photo], Take Care 2 incoming."

A third user added, "Take Care 2 is possibly a thing? Just whenever I thought I was over my ex."

Many fans of the Canadian rapper consider "Take Care" to be his best album, which is why many jumped to conclusions when a near-identical album photo surfaced on Instagram. (http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/hip-hop/7872931/drake-take-care-2-new-album) Billboard noted Tuesday that "Drake is still on top of music, but lacking a second classic" like "Take Care" and its predecessor, "Thank Me Later."

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To honor "Take Care" with a proper sequel, some Twitter users believe Drake would need to reel in Candian singer The Weeknd, who helped produce and write five tracks from the hit record including "Crew Love" and "Practice." The Weeknd is credited on "Take Care" under his legal name, Abel Tesfaye.

After Drake shared the "Take Care 2" photo, he followed it up with a tongue-in-cheek post about his "Degrassi" royalty check Tuesday. (https://www.instagram.com/p/BWrnyQSj9QN/?taken-by=champagnepapi) Drake wrote , "Degrassi money still coming in don't sleeeeeeeep," alongside a string of emojis. The check was only for $8.25, but the rapper is reportedly one of the highest paid musical acts in the business. 

Drake ranked fourth on (http://www.billboard.com/photos/7865108/highest-paid-musicians-2016-money-makers) Billboard's Top 50 Money Makers of 2016  list, which evaluated the top earners in the music industry that year. The "Passionfruit" artist raked $37.3 million in from album sales ($5.2 million), publishing ($420.3 thousand), streaming ($18.1 million) and touring ($13.6 million). He came in fourth behind BeyoncAaAaAeA@, Guns Roses and Bruce Springsteen. The rapper topped Adele, who followed behind at number 5. 

The Canadian rapper's annual income won't deviate too much from that figure following the release of "More Life" in March, which has taken over radio and streaming services and spawned hits like "Passionfruit" and "Fake Love." Drake also toured in early 2017, performing music from "Views" and "More Life."

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