If You're Reading This It's Too Late

Drake - If You're Reading This It's Too Late
Critic Score
Based on 24 reviews
Year End Rank: #15
User Score
Based on 572 ratings
2015 Ratings: #104
February 12, 2015 / Release Date
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Cash Money / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
The 405

IYRTITL is the work of a perfectionist curator, a restless star, a man who has reached the top and now looks over the precipice in a double-effort to repel competition and contemplate his hard-earned, often-perilous position.

83
Pitchfork

On If You’re Reading This, all of this chest beating is delivered over the most darkly hypnotic beats Drake’s graced since So Far Gone.

83
Consequence of Sound

If You’re Reading concentrates the anger pocketed within NWTS’ moodiness. The result is more thrilling.

83
Pretty Much Amazing

With If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, Drake is giving a voice to the voiceless, spearheading Toronto as a mecca for creativity that will rival that of Atlanta and Los Angeles.

83
Entertainment Weekly

With no clear bangers on the landscape, Late feels more like the platonic ideal of a Drake album: a woozy, wordy stream-of-consciousness whose stylistic shifts are subtle on a molecular level.

80
XXL

If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late is the sound of a man reaffirming what the world should already know in somber language.

80
HipHopDX
At 28, he’s very much hitting his stride in Rap, using every transitional moment to add one more compelling chapter to his narrative.
80
Rolling Stone
For the first time in his career, Drake doesn't sound like he wants to be remembered as one of the greats. This time, he just is.
80
Exclaim!

This is a refined, looser, freer Drake. Between only a couple hiccups, If You're Reading This It's Too Late weaves personal raps, 6-side boosts and absorbing production in cohesive fashion.

80
DIY
‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late’ is by far Drake’s most dense and complex album.
80
Complex
Long chided for being a simp, this new Drake still loves his mom but no longer has love for anyone else. It’s wonderful.
80
PopMatters
For perhaps the first time in his career, Drake has reached a synergy between beats and rhymes that feels cohesive and meaningful from track one to the tape’s end.
80
Tiny Mix Tapes

With If You’re Reading This, there is union between his effort to “mythologically aggrandize” himself and to relieve creative pressure by half-redundantly (and “meaningfully”) delivering what people what: Drake content, Drake lyrics, Drake beats… a Drake album.

80
The Guardian
Intimate, intense, wistful, endlessly questioning, open-hearted Drake, backed by pristine machine beats, with aching chord sequences and lovely synth codas – longtime Drake fans will find much to appreciate here.
80
NOW Magazine

If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late finds Drake continuing to move away from the tenderness and sentimentality of 2011’s Take Care and toward a dense-and-hard lyrical direction with slow, low-end heavy beats that bounce up and down in the mix, swirl around and dissolve into amorphous sub-bass.

80
The Needle Drop

Drake's sounding more confident than ever on a series of somewhat minimal, dark, moody, trap-inspired pop rap beats with contemporary R&B change-ups.

70
Spin
Sonically and thematically, this not-album is easily the harshest release of Drake's career, a brooding, unsettling listen with few respites offered from its sense of creeping dread.
70
musicOMH
Whether it’s a full-blown album or a curiosity mixtape as Drake himself suggests, the work sees the rapper descending into a dark cavern of sedated beats and bruising introspection.
70
AllMusic

Par for the course for a Drake album lately, but the difference here is that there are no pop singles to balance the claustrophobic rants.

70
Sputnikmusic

If You're Reading this it's Too Late is cold, heartless, and detached realizations of Drake's growing ennui.

67
A.V. Club

His raps are as information-rich as ever, and that’s what makes It’s Too Late feel necessary, even when the material is second-rate.

60
NME
For all the music's cagey intelligence, Drake sounds like the kind of guy who comes sauntering out the traps in a 100m race and immediately breaks out into a victory lap, pausing only to remonstrate with hecklers.
60
Clash

Beat-wise, 'If You're Reading This It's Too Late' is fire ... But at times the lyrical component can leave you cold.

YungNoodle
78
6PM In New York is a top 5 Drake song
BruhMan
93
This record really holds a special place in my heart. A close friend of mine put me on to this tape back in 2015 when it dropped, and I imediatly loved it due to the fact that it's Drake's hardest release. We bumped this shit non-stop that year, plus we would play it almost every time we would get together. However, last year I moved to another city and I sort off lost touch with my dog. 3 years later, and my brother's been gone for a week. This album just brings back all the memories. Rest in ... read more
charlie17
73
This album is such a fuckin mood. The production is great, and Drake certainly spits on here. A bit too long, even if it’s a mixtape.
nnxsgny
73
A lot of solid, straight up bangers where Drake doesn't act like a bitch. However, the cuts with PartyNextDoor and Travi$ Scott really drag this thing down towards the end. Nonetheless, this is Drake's best work yet, as it goes for straightforward bars over Boi-1da bangers, which is a combo that undeniably works.
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Track List

  1. Legend
  2. Energy
  3. 10 Bands
  4. Know Yourself
  5. No Tellin'
  6. Madonna
  7. 6 God
  8. Star67
  9. Preach (ft. PARTYNEXTDOOR)
  10. Wednesday Night Interlude
  11. Used To (ft. Lil Wayne)
  12. 6 Man
  13. Now & Forever
  14. Company (ft. Travi$ Scott)
  15. You & The 6
  16. Jungle
  17. 6PM in New York
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Added on: February 13, 2015