Drake’s 2015 release holds a special place in our heart here at The Edge. It’s catchy albeit a little repetitive, which is exactly what makes tracks like ‘Energy’ and ‘Legend’ the perfect base for a dancefloor remix that’ll have us rapping (or attempting to…) until the morning. It’s an album that’ll have even the most convinced of anti-Drake enthusiasts unable to stop dancing along to the infectious hook of ’10 bands’ or humming to the (somewhat) calmer sounds of ‘Know Yourself’.
In terms of Drake’s previous releases, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late is definitely a different sound for the Canadian rapper. Taking various inspiration from his 2009 mix-tape So Far Gone, he has carefully cultivated his older sound to capture audiences both old and new and remind his fans just how it all began. His ‘no mercy’ attitude is only exemplified through his occasional digs at the other contenders in his genre, for example in ‘6pm In New York’ when he urges Tyga to “act your age and not your girl’s age”. It’s aggressive, memorable and a true testament to what this artist can achieve without the pressure of label constraints.
Following on from this tape, the Drake x Future collaboration was the first installment of what’s to come for 2016, and if 2015 is anything to go by, we can be sure to expect a whole new host of surprises.
‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late’ was released on 13th February via Universal.