Drake - If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late

Posted February 12, 2015

Drake has been known to leak a record or two to the public, but he has never pulled a Beyonce released a surprise album. Until now.

In honor of the six year anniversary of his So Far Gone mixtape, the project that launched his career into superstardom, the OVO head honcho has released If You're Reading This It's Too Late.

The 17-track commercial mixtape, which will serve as a bridge to his next full-length, Views From The 6, features guest appearances from OVO signee PARTYNEXTDOOR, Young Money label boss Lil Wayne, and rapper/producer Travi$ Scott. Previously-featured selections "6 God," "Used To" and "Jungle," the latter released to the net as a short film, are all included on the set.

Drake has twice made the tape available for free stream through his Soundcloud page, but both times it has been removed. We encourage fans to purchase via iTunes.

Also: Did Drake Mastermind His Escape From Cash Money With “If You’re Reading This”?

If You're Reading This It's Too Late Album Review

A new Drake album mixtape is more than a album mixtape, it's an arrow pointing towards hip-hop's future. Whatever other titles we may or may not bestow on Aubrey Graham, he's indisputably hip-hop's most influential emcee. Whatever sound Drake lays down, that's the sound the rest of the music industry rushes to follow. So now that Drizzy's pulled a Beyonce and dropped his new tape, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, out of nowhere, pressing play means previewing the sound of rap for the next few months, at least.

But that's all in the future. Right here, right now, we've got the actual album and a "1 Listen Review" ahead of us. I assume that most of you are already familiar with the "1 Listen" format, but for any newcomers lured here by Drake's gravitational power, here's the deal: I'm going to listen to the album straight through - no pausing, no hitting repeat - and write my immediate, gut reactions. No revisions, no going back, just a literal running diary of the first time I heard If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late.

Enough talk, let's go...

Read the Full "1 Listen Review"

DJBooth Rating - 3.5 Spins

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