As early as 2010, Drake publicly fantasized about releasing an R&B mixtape titled It's Never Enough. The first song that materialized was "I Get Lonely Too," his weepy remake of TLC's FanMail intro. The original is hardly a showcase of vocal acrobatics. Still, Drake's version is terribly clumsy, like a drunken karaoke session recorded in a moment of weakness. He told MTV at the time that he aimed to release his mixtape around Christmas. He had some ideas, too. "I'm really excited about It's Never Enough. I might pick a beautiful woman and shoot a video," he said then.
The tape has since been shelved (though, of course, there's a fake version) and Drake's gotten much better at singing. He's made albums full of R&B, but not a full R&B album. He's instead claimed his spot as the leader of melodic crossover raps. Even as his R&B tendencies have simmered to make way room an edgier Drake, he's inevitably drawn to the sentiment and serenades of R&B.