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The “6 God” Gets a 10 on New Mixtape

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

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On Feb. 13, rapper and singer Drake tweeted a link to his much anticipated mixtape “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late,” leaving many fans in awe, and eventually leaving him with a new record for “most concurrently-charting songs,” according to Billboard.

However, Drake did leave several breadcrumbs leading up to the mixtape, such as tweeting “*67,” eight days before releasing IYRTITL, foreshadowing one of his songs on the album called “Star67” and releasing a short 15-minute film “Jungle” (which shares the same name as another song on IYRTITL) only a day before releasing the mixtape.

The mixtape, sold on I-Tunes for $12.99, is definitely worth the buy. Featuring mentor Lil Wayne, fellow OVO member PARTYNEXTDOOR, and Travi$ Scott, it consists of 17 songs, all of which are well-composed and marvelously crafted. With tracks that range in tune from the melodically entrancing “Jungle” to the pulsing beats of “Energy,” it is obvious that IYRTITL will remain on repeat.

However, there is no doubt that this mixtape seems rushed. The abruptness of IYRTITL has had rumors swirling. It was known that Drake, along with Lil Wayne, was said to leave label Cash Money, making the theory plausible that this mixtape is a stunt to leave the label due to his four album contract.

Drake even foreshadowed that he would abandon the label in the song “Star67” when saying, “Walk up in my label like, ‘Where the check, though?’.” It is also rumored that this mixtape consists of primarily “throwaway” tracks, which would make sense, because compared to his previous four albums this mixtape just does not have the complexity and contains more songs featuring the artist rapping rather than singing. This element could equally give the mixtape more likes than dislikes, and vice versa.

Despite the suddenness of it all, Drake manages to incorporate the same seemingly easy flow and finesse that makes his songs his own. He even slyly scatters a few disses here and there, such as one at rapper Tyga and his alleged relationship with 17 year old Kylie Jenner in “6PM in New York,” when saying “Oh you tried, it’s so childish calling my name on the world stage/ You need to act your age and not your girl’s age.”

The 28 year old also gets personal on the track “You & The 6,” which is addressed toward his mother and the challenges he faced growing up that he was able to overcome through both her and his city. He shares his views on growing up mixed in the same track, saying “I used to get teased for being black and now I’m here and I’m not black enough/ Cuz I’m not actin’ tough or makin’ stories up bout where I’m actually from.”

With IYRTITL, the Canadian-bred entertainer has maintained his reputation by having an additional mixtape that fans can’t help but fall in love with. Of course, this mixtape is but an appetizer for the entree that will be his album “Views From the 6,” which was previously promised in lyrics of “0 to 100/The Catch Up” stating “We already got Spring 2015 poppin’/ PND droppin’, Reps-up P droppin’, Majid Jordan droppin’, OB droppin’, not to mention me droppin’.”

From the looks of the success of this “surprise” mixtape and additional tracks released including Heat Of The Moment, How Bout Now, and Tuesday, his upcoming album has fans even more eager with the thought of another work of art Drizzy can give them.

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