Drake
If You're Reading This It's Too Late


4.0
excellent

Review

by anarchistfish USER (45 Reviews)
February 14th, 2015 | 169 replies


Release Date: 02/12/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The softest rapper in the game readies his knockout blow

Despite the ridicule he's subjected to, it’s hard to think of a musician who has delivered on the extraordinary expectations of an establishing artist as reliably as Drake. Take Care catapulted Drake into stardom and Nothing Was The Same cemented his spot. His steady stream of new tracks ever since has both kept him relevant and showcased his intriguing musical evolution. The reliability with which he delivers on the anticipation for his music has seen him rise ever-higher. Drake's cringe-worthy braggadocio is yet hard to refute.

Truth be told, too much discussion is devoted to Drake’s public image. And it really doesn’t matter whether IYRTITL is a mixtape or not; it speaks for itself when showing why it should be treated with the respect of any major release. Drake is finally starting to feel comfortable in his musical style, which on Take Care was still a little immature and on Nothing Was The Same a tad too tame. The beats on IYRTITL are gorgeous; probably the best Drake has ever had to work with. Boi-1da plays a large part in this, but Drake’s long-time collaborator 40, despite only having a hand in three songs, helps craft one of the best in “Madonna”. Picking out other highlights is too tricky; there are too many worthy options (though “Star67” has to be up there). The outro to “Preach”, courtesy of PARTYNEXTDOOR, deserves its own song alone. Drake’s singer/rapping style is furthermore sitting more and more comfortably in the lush, almost Weeknd-esque production style of his recent releases. On IYRTITL he harmonises and blends it with the beats like an expert, without the hint of awkwardness that peppered his earlier music. Everything he says here feels like a hook.

Considering Drake’s departure from Cash Money Records (referenced to by his cheeky album title) and IYRTITL’s being referred to as a mixtape, the door is open for the official follow-up to 2013’s Nothing Was The Same. As he approaches the sweet spot of music, it’s starting to feel as if Drake and his collaborators are together on the verge of something even bigger. For now though, it doesn’t matter. With the odd filler track, this doesn’t feel like Drake’s “classic”, but it will take a while yet to digest all that these 17 tracks have to offer.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
anarchistfish
February 14th 2015


26074 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If any of this doesn't make sense let me know cos I was high when I wrote this.

Tunaboy45
February 14th 2015


15689 Comments


So was Drake, so it's ok

Good review though, pos.

cryptside
February 14th 2015


2397 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome review, fish. Definitely looking forward to checking this. Pos'd.

Arcade
Staff Reviewer
February 14th 2015


8500 Comments

Album Rating: 4.4

starts writing reviews after he gets demoted.



good review, but in the first paragraph your wording is a bit wonky and cumbersome (e.g. "aren't particularly ringing untrue"). maybe fix it up a tad.



this is a very solid mixtape.

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Cygnatti
February 14th 2015


32221 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

nah it's booty

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anarchistfish
February 14th 2015


26074 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"good review, but in the first paragraph your wording is a bit wonky and cumbersome (e.g. "aren't particularly ringing untrue"). maybe fix it up a tad."



had a little go over it

LordePots
February 14th 2015


38578 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

surprise! fish likes new drake but no good music ever

Digging: Blondes - Warmth

anarchistfish
February 14th 2015


26074 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sup pots

LordePots
February 14th 2015


38578 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

nm just came to see whats goin on in here

anarchistfish
February 14th 2015


26074 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Bashed this together to use as the album artwork on my itunes:



http://i.imgur.com/Tgyi5Pd.png

SharkTooth
February 14th 2015


13794 Comments


but that takes the all the fun out of the album cover ):

SnakeDelilah
February 14th 2015


20006 Comments


gabe new well

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Calc
Contributing Reviewer
February 14th 2015


15842 Comments


i didn't know you werent contrib no mo.

Eons
February 15th 2015


1047 Comments


It's not hard to impress his audience. They are idiots. So I don't really think that's much of a feat.
Of course, not all are idiots (every one that I've met has been though) they mostly consist of high
school girls and swag type guys.

Phlegm
February 15th 2015


7241 Comments


verm?

HalfManHalfAmazing
February 15th 2015


1890 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

"they mostly consist of high school girls and swag type guys"



you're out of touch. 'swag type guys' died out in 2013. but it's okay obviously the target demographic of an

artist's music decides how good the artist is

HalfManHalfAmazing
February 15th 2015


1890 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

really excited to hear this

Cryptkeeper
February 15th 2015


1710 Comments


'you're out of touch. 'swag type guys' died out in 2013. but it's okay obviously the target demographic of an
artist's music decides how good the artist is'

Somehow I'm getting the idea you're not quite sincere.
But the audience does really impact the artist himself.

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PappyMason
February 15th 2015


5702 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

'Somehow I'm getting the idea you're not quite sincere.

But the audience does really impact the artist himself.'







But then that, in itself, all depends on how much the artist is in touch with his/her audience.

deathschool
February 15th 2015


21929 Comments


Swag type guys



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