If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late is Drake’s recently released surprise album, and if you are just hearing about the drop now, it might actually be too late for you. With this most recent effort, Drake has effectively reinforced his claim to the hip hop / R&B throne. Even though it is rumored to be a throwaway collection of songs meant to fulfill Drake’s contract with Cash Money (so that he can release the real hits under his own direction), the album is far better than most of his hip hop rivals’ honest attempts at greatness. If these are the rejects, Drake is set up to actually break the internet with his “real” album.
It’s Too Late has already garnered Drake various honors and awards; debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, paving the way for Drake to become the first rapper to top the Billboard Artist 100 chart, earning a new record of 21 titles on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (which includes ALL 17 titles from Late), and charting 14 songs simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 – equaling the Beatles’ record 14 titles of 1964.
With this album, Drake shows himself to be the emotionally connected and romantically intelligent bad boy that everyone hopes he is. Perhaps the most poignantly heartfelt and honest, but easily overlooked track, is Drake’s confessional “You & the Six,” dedicated to and about the single mother who raised him.
Drake also gives hope to all of the single ladies out there hoping to win his heart on the track “Jungle,” with the lyrics “still finding myself, let alone a soul mate, I’m just saying.”…so ladies, all he needs is a little time to get himself straightened out.
Don’t be mislead by the moments of vulnerability, Drake knows he’s at the top of his game on this album and isn’t afraid to make that point clear, singing “If I die, I’m a legend.”