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


3.5
great

Review

by Jordan M. STAFF
June 27th, 2015 | 361 replies


Release Date: 02/12/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Not the same Drake from 4 years ago.

In "No Tellin'", Drake declares his desire not to be spoken to, 'like [he's] that same Drake from 4 years ago'. If You're Reading this it's Too Late makes it abundantly clear that Drake is distancing himself from the opulent production values of Take Care, and to a lesser extent, the fullest realization of his vision on Nothing Was the Same. Instead of Noah "40" Shebib's dreamy beats or PBR&B ballads a la "Hold On, We're Going Home" or "Crew Love", If You're Reading this it's Too Late is cold, heartless, and detached realizations of Drake's growing ennui.

That sense of apathy comes through in the scrappy piano loop that charges "Energy", an atypically violent number for the otherwise lovelorn Aubrey Graham. "Legend" and "Know Yourself" surprise too with minimalist beats matched by a Drake whose lyrical pen has moved away from sullen emptiness to absolute beleaguerment. The latent acquaintance with tense and minimalist beats rule supreme on numbers like "Preach", the closest the mixtape comes to a single however devoid of a serviceable hook it may be. Some aspects of a more rugged Drake become tiring, with PARTYNEXTDOOR notably trying to emulate The Weeknd's twisted desires and sounding entirely flat in the process, while 40's relative absence goes amiss during the 70-minutes of terse beats. Regardless, Drake's assertion that he's changed is admirable. Whether or not If You're Reading this it's Too Late is an on-the-nose 'fuck you' to Birdman is entirely pointless; the sounds demoed here suggest that the forthcoming Views from the 6 could be Drake's most accomplished effort to date.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Keyblade
June 27th 2015


26579 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

not that big of a fan of Preach but i disagree Wednesday Night Interlude is really damn good, and one of the best i've heard from pnd

PappyMason
June 27th 2015


5702 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, I haven't listened to PND much but his features here are pretty sweet.

PappyMason
June 27th 2015


5702 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice little write-up btw.

ShitsofRain
June 27th 2015


8100 Comments


PND sounds so good here

oops this already has been mentioned

Gyromania
June 27th 2015


26489 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i much prefer these concise reviews to the usually overlong ones struggling for things to say

DrJohn
June 27th 2015


1041 Comments


^ more often than not--so true

PappyMason
June 27th 2015


5702 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this a forever thing

JonLDials
June 28th 2015


50 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this is lol

Keyblade
June 29th 2015


26579 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

pretty sure Grimes is on Now and Forever, great track

sspedding
June 29th 2015


5239 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Wednesday Night Interlude rawks as does You and the Six

Teacherlisakc
June 29th 2015


21 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Hype. Is one way to describe one of drake’s albums “If you're reading this it’s too late”. His real name is Aubrey Drake Graham. This album came out on February 12, 2015. The type of music in this album is rap and Hip-Hop. I think this album is a Good, Amazing, Wonderful, and etc. out of all his other albums and other rappers albums or singles.

Some of the other participating musicians that were in some of his songs in “If you're reading this it’s too late” were PARTYNEXTDOOR in Preach, Lil wayne in Used to, Travis Scott in Company, and all the rest of Drake's song are just sung by himself. Some previously released albums that came out are Nothing was the same, Take care, Thank me later, and etc. This album is similar to Kanye west albums and songs.

NoSons
July 8th 2015


149 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think this is his best release... which is not saying much.

Digging: Malibu Ken - Malibu Ken

PappyMason
July 8th 2015


5702 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Having conversations with mama, man my life is a mess



Yep

Keyblade
July 10th 2015


26579 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

it's summer man where the fuck is Views

guitarded_chuck
July 10th 2015


16885 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

bet it's a sept release

DropdeadWHA
July 22nd 2015


1396 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ghostwriters.

sp00ky.

PappyMason
July 26th 2015


5702 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So Meek Mill has proven himself to be more soap opera than Drake. Well done lad!

DropdeadWHA
July 26th 2015


1396 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

drake 6god, stay soft.

Gyromania
July 30th 2015


26489 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

drake can do no wrong

DropdeadWHA
July 30th 2015


1396 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

tell rih rih that



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