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  • Summary: The surprise 17-track mixtape from the Canadian artist features guest appearances from Lil Wayne, PARTYNEXTDOOR, and Travi$ Scott was produced by Noah “40” Shebib and Matthew Jehu Samuels.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Feb 19, 2015
    85
    Sonically, this is the most Drake Drake's ever been, with the signature sound he's been dancing around ever since 2009's So Far Gone (released exactly 6 years prior) finally being cemented in wall-to-wall.
  2. 83
    Late is hardly a throwaway. In fact, it might be his most consistently rewarding full-length yet.
  3. Feb 17, 2015
    80
    At 28, he’s very much hitting his stride in Rap, using every transitional moment to add one more compelling chapter to his narrative.
  4. Feb 26, 2015
    80
    Drake’s main concern now seems to be maintaining his status for as long as possible, resulting in some of the most intricately psychological and personally motivated songs in his catalog.
  5. Feb 13, 2015
    70
    The "album" feels like a bunch of random songs, some quality songs mind you, but still just a bunch of songs that don't add up to anything larger.
  6. The Wire
    May 15, 2015
    70
    His music has an airless, contrived and over-polished quality. However, the production style developed by his team of collaborators is glacially impressive, if gloomy. [Apr 2015, p.66]
  7. The album ends up seeming more like a stop-gap than a surge ahead. For the first two-thirds, Drake relies on his usual sing-song style, stoking interest only with his inventive stretches in phrasing.... Otherwise, cooler hooks, melodic flashes of R&B, or great variation can be hard to find.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 62
  2. Negative: 3 out of 62
  1. Feb 15, 2015
    10
    At first listen, I didn't know how to feel about this, because there aren't many memorable hooks or verses on here. Upon more listens, though,At first listen, I didn't know how to feel about this, because there aren't many memorable hooks or verses on here. Upon more listens, though, I truly understand this project. Drake put focus on putting out a raw, unpolished body of work. Sure, he may have done this just to satisfy a label contract. Sure, this may not be his best project. However, Drake still has an ear for beats and knows how to rap (no matter how sporadic or unfocused his lyrics may occasionally be). It's one for the record books. Expand
  2. Feb 16, 2015
    10
    This is Drake's darkest most raw piece of work yet, His rapping is more agressive and confiident than before, the production from boi1da andThis is Drake's darkest most raw piece of work yet, His rapping is more agressive and confiident than before, the production from boi1da and 40 is simply amazing. Drake is the greatest rapper right now and this mixtape proves it. Just pure greatness. Expand
  3. Feb 14, 2015
    9
    Pros:
    This is one of Drake's best works to date. It honestly makes you think and proves his amazing lyrical skills and self-awareness, it
    Pros:
    This is one of Drake's best works to date. It honestly makes you think and proves his amazing lyrical skills and self-awareness, it proves there's more to him than the radio hits he puts out. This is actually my favorite Drake project since Take Care, and though its only been a day or two i can suffice this is his second greatest project if not number one. Though most of his fans do put So Far Gone as his greatest personally i enjoyed Take Care more. The music is incredible from production, to lyrics, and all in between. The flow switch and melodies are incredible and honestly Drake will have a hard time topping this with Views From the 6 if he's still planning to drop it.

    Cons:
    However nothing is without flaws so i have to point at a minor one at best. The only stump is upon initial hearing, the songs sound similar. They have a common ambiance about them that is similar, so some of you may be disgruntled by the first hearing. But i assure you after a second and third intake you'll really notice the difference. This is a work to be dissected with open ears and an open mind. I haven't yet found a favorite song only because their that good, not trying to sound cliche, there are maybe 4 tracks that aren't great but aren't poor either. Listen for words as they go a lot further in this mixtape than the average track. A solid 10 for me for sure. if anyone scores this lower than a 7 then their just a hater lol
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  4. Jun 8, 2015
    8
    This mixtape is full of solid tracks that feel intimate, revealing and tactfully executed in sharing his deepest thoughts on his celebrityThis mixtape is full of solid tracks that feel intimate, revealing and tactfully executed in sharing his deepest thoughts on his celebrity status trying to not lose his grip at his most vulnerable. Expand
  5. Feb 14, 2015
    7
    Overall I thought it was a pretty good mixtape. The production is amazing. There are a lot of unique experimental beats that sound incredible.Overall I thought it was a pretty good mixtape. The production is amazing. There are a lot of unique experimental beats that sound incredible. Boi-1da I'd say has won producer of the year after this one, and 40 and PND made some nice beats too. Drake delivers on his verses like he has for a while now, and his mix of rap and r&b is nice. One mistake Drake made on this was the artists he featured; this mixtape is way better without them. Also, the mixtape didn't flow maybe a nicely between the tracks as a lot of good albums do, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. But overall it's a good effort. If anything this raises the standards for his Views from the 6 Expand
  6. Apr 29, 2016
    7
    Avec cette mixtape qui ne contient aucun single porteur, Drake prouve qu'il est un artiste incontournable de la scène hip-hop. Son flow estAvec cette mixtape qui ne contient aucun single porteur, Drake prouve qu'il est un artiste incontournable de la scène hip-hop. Son flow est supérieur à celui de ses confrères. Bon opus. Expand
  7. Jul 8, 2015
    0
    Complete and utter garbage, all of the mixtape was to much of his singing which sounds terrible and also the verses were to repetitive IComplete and utter garbage, all of the mixtape was to much of his singing which sounds terrible and also the verses were to repetitive I hated this album because it was garbage. Expand

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