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    Default Drake - If Youre Reading This Its Too Late

    enters the Billboard chart this week at #1

    Spotify online listen
    not yet rated by allmusic

    4th studio album
    only 4 featured artists
    not my thing but it may be yours

    artist website -

    Bio - from allmusic

    Known initially for his role as Jimmy Brooks on Degrassi: The Next Generation, Toronto, Ontario, native Drake (born Aubrey Drake Graham) stepped out as a rapper
    and singer with pop appeal in 2006, when he initiated a series of mixtapes. A year later, despite being unsigned, he scored major exposure when his cocky and laid-
    back track "Replacement Girl," featuring Trey Songz, was featured on BET's 106 & Park program as its "Joint of the Day." He raised his profile throughout the next
    several months by popping up on countless mixtapes and remixes, and as rumors swirled about contract offers from labels, he gradually became one of the most
    talked-about artists in the industry. It did not hurt that he had support from the likes of Kanye West, Jay-Z, and Lil Wayne. By the end of June 2009, "Best I Ever Had," a
    promotional single, had climbed to number two on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. After a fierce bidding war, Drake signed with Universal Motown in late
    summer and released an EP (So Far Gone) made up of songs from his popular So Far Gone mixtape. It peaked at number six on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and won
    a 2010 Juno Award for Rap Recording of the Year. Thank Me Later, a full-length featuring collaborations with the Kings of Leon, the-Dream, Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Lil
    Wayne, was issued through Young Money the following year. It debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and was certified platinum by the Recording
    Industry Association of America. Still, the artist felt his debut was rushed, so its 2011 follow-up arrived with the title Take Care, referencing the increased time and effort
    put into the albumís creation. Receiving critical acclaim, Grammy awards, and the number one slot on the U.S. Billboard 200, Take Care cemented Drake's place as
    one of Canada's biggest exports. In 2012, while on tour, Drake announced that he had started work on what would be his third studio album. Nothing Was the Same was
    released in September of 2013.

    Album Review - from rollingstone

    Is it an album? Is it a mixtape? Who cares? The 17 tracks that Drake released at midnight on a recent Thursday hit harder and hold together more cohesively than most
    big-budget event albums. There's nothing resembling a radio single on If You're Reading This It's Too Late, and not many of the seductively sung hooks that rocketed the
    Toronto MC to fame. Instead, there are lots of songs like "Star67," a sullen chomp at the hand that feeds him: "Brand new Beretta, can't wait to let it go/Walk up in my
    label like, 'Where the check, though?'" It's hard to imagine the heads of Cash Money Records, who are currently embroiled in a financial dispute with Drake's mentor Lil
    Wayne, shmoney-dancing to that one. But for fans of the singular aesthetic that Drake has developed in recent years, "Star67" and the rest are manna straight from
    heaven, or at least from Canada.

    Musically, If You're Reading This is a deep soak in the sound he staked out on 2013's career-peak Nothing Was the Same and furthered on last year's hit "0 to 100/The
    Catch Up." Trusted collaborators like Boi-1da and Noah "40" Shebib weave together murky piano loops and wispy R&B samples that lurk in the background, leaving
    plenty of room for Drake to go off. Lyrically, he's in pure stunt mode, using his star power to turn obscure slang into the height of style. ("Running through the six with my
    woes" sounds cooler than "Hanging out in Toronto with my friends," doesn't it?) The lower stakes for this project let him refine and focus his strengths; the brags are less
    humble, the threats more pointed. "Please do not speak to me like I'm that Drake from four years ago," he sneers on "No Tellin'." "I'm at a higher place."

    Drake has often been synonymous with emotional openness, but this is far and away the least vulnerability he's ever shown on record ó at least until "You & the 6," a
    heartfelt, one-sided conversation with the single mother who raised him. He complains about the time she tried to set him up with her personal trainer; he pushes her to
    forgive her ex, his dad. It's one of Drake's best songs ever, but you might not notice it until the third or fourth listen because he plays it so cool. 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.

    nothing for me but I picked this for you:

    Track Listing

    1. Legend
    2. Energy
    3. 10 Bands
    4. Know Yourself
    5. No Tellin'
    6. Madonna
    7. 6 God
    8. Star67
    9. Preach
    10. Wednesday Night Interlude
    11. Use To
    12. 6 Man
    13. Now & Forever
    14. Company
    15. You & The 6
    16. Jungle
    17. 6PM In New York
    Last edited by Music Head; 19-02-2015 at 20:33.
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    i think i'll give Drake a miss this time...and everytime!
    i just dont see/hear anything in his music for me.

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