Drake Drops Surprise Album 'If You're Reading This It's Too Late'

Drake surprises fans with a surprise album release. What about the timing?

Drake pulled a Beyoncé over the weekend by dropping a surprise album. (Well, maybe it's an album; maybe it's a mixtape–that part is unclear, but since you can't pick up this project for free, we're going with album.)

If You're Reading This It's Too Late hit digital shelves on Feb. 12, and it's on track to sell more than 500,000 copies in its first week. It arrived just as the Canadian hit-maker's recording home Young Money found itself at odds with its parent company, Cash Money.

The beef between Lil Wayne and Baby has taken center stage, undoubtedly putting a strain on relationships, as rumors rise that Weezy hopes to take his Young Money labelmates with him when he severs ties with CM. Thus far, Drake has not commented on the situation, but some reports suggest that if this latest project is indeed an album, it was released to complete Drizzy's contract with Cash Money.

In support of that theory, many point to the handwritten letter that accompanies the album. In it, Drake thanks everyone—from frequent collaborators like Noah "40" Shebib to "all the waste cyatties worldwide," but he doesn't mention Birdman or Cash Money once. Further, on the track "Energy," he drops this jewel: "I got rap n****s that I gotta act like I like / But my actin' days are over / F*** the n****s for life." And on "Star67" he raps, "Brand new Berretta / can't wait to let it go / walk up in my label like where the check go?"

If You're Reading This It's Too Late is available on iTunes and Amazon, and can be streamed via Spotify.


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