Drake Either you’re a Drake fan or you’re not. It seems like most of the reviews I’m reading online for Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late are from fans or well-known publications brown nosing as to not burn bridges in lieu of a future interview. Regardless, I’m not a fan nor a hater but I think Dreezy’s surprise mix tape is boring. Once again we have a rapper who has released an R&B album. Keep in mind I think Drake can rap; I’m not doubting his skills at all. I just don’t like this release.

Illuminiti watchers will surely call to light how many times the number 6 appears in the title of tracks and also how many tracks have 6 letters in addition to the number appear on the cover art. Nonetheless track number 6 (Madonna) is when I realized I was losing interest. I was listening to a Debbie-downer, melodramatic auto-tuned mix-tape. After my listen was done, I swigged a 5-Hour energy shot and reflected on what I did like about it. For starters the opening track Legend, cleverly uses a sample of Genuine’s So Anxious. Other stand outs include Energy and No Tellin where we here:

Envelopes coming in the mail, let her open em’
Hopin’ for a check again, ain’t no tellin’
Yeah, she invite me to the telly
Keep the blade with me when I go to check a bitch, ain’t no’ tellin
Yeah, police comin’ round’ lookin’ for some help on a case they
gotta solve, we never help ’em
Yeah, I stay up late at night, thinkin’ bout’ my life
Want a lot, will I get it all? Ain’t no tellin’
Ain’t no tellin’, yeah, ain’t no tellin’
Yeah, no tellin’
Ain’t no tellin’

6pm In New York gives some much needed adrenaline but unfortunately comes at the end of the tape. Easily the most thought provoking and empathetic track is You & the 6 where Drake sings/raps to his moms, who is complaining he doesn’t call enough.

Having conversations with mama, man my life is a mess
Ain’t been returning the texts, so she been reading the press
She got google alerts, them shits go straight to her phone
She worry bout me from home, you know she raised me alone
She said “I heard you back with you know who”
I told her “Girl I’m always back with you know who”
And she like “Who are we kidding”
“You’re only 27 you just being you”
“You’re your fathers child man thank god you got some me in you”
At least I always, at least I always see it through
At least I’m always being true to what you taught me
Retired teacher but your words still got me evolving
Never get sloppy drunk, but alcohol is problem solving
And look I hate it when you hate on all my girlfriends
And assistants always convinced that there’s always someone better
Like that girl from that gym who trains you
I know you wanna arrange it, you told me she’s free thursday
And I’m sure that she’s a angel but she don’t want this life
The timing ain’t right
Maybe one day but even one day with us is a time of a life
We do things that people pay to document
You got the sweetest heart but I’m not here to give out compliments, or boost nobody confidence momma
I got no friends in this momma
I don’t pretend with this momma
I’on joke with this momma
I pull the knife out my back and cut they throat with it momma
I’m “Game of Thrones” with it momma
I’m ” Home Alone” with it momma

Yep… Many can relate.

Recap: Obviously for many fans and stans, Drake can do no wrong; so they will eat this mixtape up. Yes the kat can flow and can throw in some zingers (Tyga diss). Yet for a rap fan like myself, I wonder can mainstream popular rap ever evolve past or at least include more than the typical narrative of materialism and flossing while attempting to steal another man’s bitch?