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Drake: If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late

9 Mar


It always takes a mixtape to get the best out of Drake, and while studio issues have pushed this into being a paid release, this album has a much more comfortable feel than his commercial work. There is a reason why Drake is one of the biggest names in rap right now and this is a much needed return to form for him.

Despite that If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late has a strange feeling set of flaws. The biggest one is that it doesn’t feel as individual as is normal for Drake. There are places where his beats and even his flow feel like they’ve come from someone else. It’s not surprising that Drake would pick up some of what is floating around rap these days, it’s just a little disorienting.

The album as a whole though remains distinctly his. There’s more menace in here than normal, but it’s a good look for him. It does require quite a profound suspension of disbelief when you hear him talking about threatening people, but that doesn’t steal the ominous nature that both his stellar production and lyricism carries here. Also, his shot at Tyga is one of the better disses in recent rap history.

All told, this is a solid entry from a top tier rapper. It’s not a classic, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be listening to it.


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