Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
Drake releases If you’re reading this it’s too late featuring Lil Wayne and other artists.
Drake was tired of everything before If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late came out. On February 13, 2015, five years ago today, he made his displeasure known with a surprise 17-song pack of clapbacks after feeling disrespected by rivals and pigeonholed by some as a “soft” artist. His resentment ushered in a period of Drake’s career that is still dark and edgey now.
The Boy started seeing himself as the villain before the tape dropped due to his beefs with P. Diddy, which led to a fight at the club, and Tyga, who called Drake “fake” in an interview with VIBE.
Drake’s violent themes were given centre stage by PARTYNEXTDOOR, Boi-1da, 40, WondaGurl, Sevn Thomas, and Frank Dukes, who handled most of the production on IYRTITL. Without the ingrained knowledge that his songs had to top the charts or be commercially successful, he was rapping as freely and unfilteredly as he wanted to. This can be heard on the ominous “No Tellin.” “All the rappers that you vouch for/Need to get out of the house more, they washed up/ And even if the team was religious with it I can’t really see another squad trying to cross us, naw,” he rapped, perhaps not in response to Kendrick’s verse on “Control,” but he was certainly coming for other rappers’ throats.
Drake was on a clear mission to let the world know that he was untouchable, and didn’t care for other opinions about it. To quote a line from his mentor Lil Wayne at the top of “Star67,” Drake came into the studio with clips for everyone who ever questioned his skill and character. He dabbled in a little bit of “old Drake” on songs like “Preach,” but even then, his new mentality rung out in lyrics like, “Niggas is all in they feelings these days/All in they feelings these days/ But hearing a scripture with that many 6s, you should be afraid.”
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