Drake’s unfortunate fall from grace (see “Views” and “More Life”) was preceded by one last great album from the Torontonian superstar, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. Released as a $12.99 mixtape in 2015, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late is probably Drake’s most cohesive and inspired work to date.
The album opens with excellent slow burner “Legend”. On this track, Drake raps about the problems accompanied by rising to superstardom and how his life has changed since he came up. Many other songs address the same theme, but other songs speak of unrequited love, parental relations, partying, making money, and hooking up with Houstonian strippers.
Some of the features on here include OVO Sound labelmate PARTYNEXTDOOR, mentor Lil Wayne, and up-and-coming Missouri City rapper Travi$ Scott. With the exception of PARTYNEXTDOOR, who mumbles over a couple of tracks in the middle of this project, the guest features are excellent and add some real depth to the album.
For most of these tracks, Drake abandons his usual beatmaker Noah “40” Shebib in favor of hit factory producer Boi-1da. This results in the most sparse beats yet, giving Drake ample room to spit his flow. The beats on this project are some of my favorites from any Drake release, with their clunky pianos, deep sub-bass, and jittery hi-hats.
If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late is a triumph and is a contender for one of the best rap albums of 2015.
Scott’s Spectacular Song Selections include: “Legend”, “Energy”, “10 Bands”, “Know Yourself”, “Madonna”, “6 God”, “Used To”, “Company”, and “Jungle”.