“LIKE ZOE MAMA, I GO HIPPY.”
If you had any questions as to who the biggest rapper in the game is, just take one listen to Drake’s new
album mixtape, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, and he will be pleased to inform you that it’s him, indefinitely.
That is the entire essence of this 17-track project; it’s a reminder that Drake isn’t the same Drake from four years ago.
You can decide for yourself if you care or not.
“Legend” opens up with a Ginuwine “So Anxious” sample, where he comes to a realization that his influence over this industry will indeed cause him to be crowned as legend when he’s no longer here. But here’s the thing, this mixtape is a retraction of what Drake is capable of artistically. He’s adopted flows from all over, sounding like the exact same rappers he’s making a point to diss in the same breath. Given this focus, he lost his style in the process just to make essentially the same song back to back, only with a slightly altered beat.
PARTYNEXTDOOR makes you forget that you’re even partaking in a Drake experience on “Wednesday Night Interlude.” Just when you thought “woe” meant sorrow or distress, here comes “Know Yourself” bringing back ‘90s New Orleans slang. Toward the end of it all, we get a glimpse of genuineness on “You & The 6” and “Jungle” that coincides with “Star67” toward the middle.
Drake deserves all the praise he gets, seeing how he is, without a doubt, the most artistically gifted rapper since “you know who.” Granted, there are some good tracks on here, but thankfully If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late is just the mixtape before the album. Although it’s an “okay” mixtape, it was quite underwhelming for a “legend.”
What do you think of the “surprise” aspect of releasing albums? Do you miss the Drake from four years ago? Tweet your answers @HappyIsFeet or let me know right in the comments. Also, be sure to follow us @YouNerded.
64/100 – Okay
*This review of If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late is based on the 17-Track Standard Edition.
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