Following in the footsteps of the iconic Queen Bey, Drake has decided to drop his latest mixtape through a surprise release without any build-up or fanfare. Titled “If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late”, Drake appears to be motivated by the same label politics that fellow Cash Money artist Lil Wayne has been articulating for the last few months. Artists including Wayne, Drake, and Nicki Minaj have been conflicting with Cash Money manager Bryan “Baby” Williams over numerous issues including royalties and back payments, meddling with album releases, and more. In December, Wayne tweeted as much stating:
Lil Wayne has since sued Williams and Cash Money for $51 million and freedom from the label. It is anticipated that he will separate his Young Money talent (of which Drake and Minaj are a part of), and will start a label of his own. In the case of Drake, however, he was contractually obligated to release one more album. In such a case, “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late” fulfills that obligation and may free Drake from the label. The mixtape is an angry refutation of Cash Money and is filled with digs at Williams’ company with lines like “Brand new Beretta, can’t wait to let it go/ Walk up in my label like ‘Where the check, though?’” Despite the motivations, however, the album carries significant weight and shows off Drake’s talent for rhyming. It may not be his best, but it will certainly carry forward Drake’s reputation as one of hip hops greats.
You can listen to the whole album below:
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