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

  • Release date: 15 February 2015
  • Label: OVO,Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records
  • Catalog #: #169

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.”

6PM In New York,” the song he used to close the mixtape, serves as Drake’s farewell to the old Drake.In the song, he criticises Tyga, saying things like “I heard a lil, lil homie talking reckless in Vibe/That’s quite a platform you chose, you should’ve kept it inside/Oh, you tried?The rapper challenges the globe with the line, “It’s so childish calling my name on the world stage/You need to act your age and not your girl’s age,” and suggests that it would be appropriate for him to sit next to JAY-Z and Kanye on the throne.He addresses himself in the third person, rapping, “Yeah, boy, you rappin’ like you seen it all/You rappin’ like the throne should be the three of y’all,” in reference to the three of them.
Drake made a fiery, boiling confession with the release of If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late.He briefly let out some steam before picking up the cooker again a few months later.It was like watching Thanos gather all the infinite stones to follow Drake for the rest of the year.
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Drake’s If you’re listening to this it’s too late tracklist.
01. Legend
02. Energy
03. 10 Bands
04. Know Yourself
05. No Tellin’
06. Madonna
07. 6 God
08. Star67
09. Preach (feat. PartyNextDoor)
10. Wednesday Night Interlude (feat. PartyNextDoor)
11. Used To (feat. Lil Wayne)
13. Now & Forever
14. Company (Feat. Travi$ Scott)
15. You & The 6
16. Jungle
17. 6PM In New York