Drake - If You're Reading This It's Too Late

Drake "If You're Reading This It's Too Late"

"If You're Reading This It's Too Late" is a mixtape created by Canadian rapper Drake, which was released on February 13, 2015, unexpectedly and without prior notice. It was produced by his longtime collaborators 40 and Boi-1da, as well as PartyNextDoor and others, and features guest appearances by PartyNextDoor, Travis Scott, and Lil Wayne.

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"If You're Reading This It's Too Late" is a mixtape created by Canadian rapper Drake, which was released on February 13, 2015, unexpectedly and without prior notice. It was produced by his longtime collaborators 40 and Boi-1da, as well as PartyNextDoor and others, and features guest appearances by PartyNextDoor, Travis Scott, and Lil Wayne.

The mixtape was well received and debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, with 535,000 album-equivalent units sold in its first week. It also set a new record for first-week streaming on Spotify, surpassing Drake's own previous record with his album "Nothing Was the Same". "If You're Reading This It's Too Late" was even nominated for Best Rap Album at the 2016 Grammy Awards and was ranked 367th on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in 2020.

Before its release, Drake had announced a different album, "Views from the 6", but in November 2014, it was reported that he was planning to release a mixtape in January 2015. The mixtape was initially intended to be a free download on DatPiff, but Cash Money Records intervened, and it was released through digital download outlets like iTunes and Amazon Music as well as in physical formats like vinyl and CD. The album's cover art was designed by Canadian artist Jim Joe.

The response to "If You're Reading This It's Too Late" was generally positive, with an average score of 78 out of 100 based on 33 reviews on Metacritic, a website that assigns ratings to reviews from mainstream publications. AnyDecentMusic? gave it a score of 7.4 out of 10, based on their assessment of the critical consensus.

Critics praised the mixtape for its progressive approach to music and lyrics. AllMusic's Tim Sendra described it as an album that is difficult to appreciate at first but becomes a satisfying listen with time. The A.V. Club's Evan Rytlewski noted that while the album may not have a full hour of great songs, it contains a wealth of thoughts and emotions that Drake needed to express. The Daily Telegraph's Neil McCormick called Drake one of the most innovative and self-aware artists in his genre. Entertainment Weekly's Kyle Anderson described the mixtape as one of Drake's most consistently rewarding works. Exclaim!'s Eric Zaworski praised the production of the mixtape, highlighting the contributions of up-and-coming artists like WondaGurl and Eric Dingus. Finally, The Guardian's Paul Lester described Drake as an original and convincing rapper who deals with personal and societal issues amidst the gunfire of his music.

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