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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: 42 out of 51
  2. Negative: 3 out of 51
  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. Sep 8, 2015
    10
    The most confident and melodic Drake has ever been in his career. For sure setting his fans up for the evolution of his sound on his nextThe most confident and melodic Drake has ever been in his career. For sure setting his fans up for the evolution of his sound on his next album. On this mixtape there is a good mixture of aggression and sensitivity which has separated Drake from the rest of the rappers in the game. Just a warm up for Views From The 6! 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. Feb 13, 2015
    8
    Aubrey Drake Graham does it yet again. Noah "40" Shebib delivers several solid beats throughout the album, as well as boi-1da and syk sense.Aubrey Drake Graham does it yet again. Noah "40" Shebib delivers several solid beats throughout the album, as well as boi-1da and syk sense. In the past, most albums of drake's were feature heavy, however this newest installment limits itself to only a few artists (Partynextdoor, Travi$ Scott, and Lil Wayne), whose involvement within the album are mediocre at best. . With that being said, that is one of the ONLY drawbacks of the album. The accompaniment of Drake's short film "The Jungle" creates a mysterious vibe that surrounds the entire album, since both were random releases. However, fun fact, "If you're reading this it's too late" was released on the same date as "So Far Gone", an earlier mixtape. Drakes flow fluctuates throughout the album, and changes depending on the beat. This is most evident on the track, "Energy". In the words of Drake, this album definitely passes the, "can you drive at night while listening to this album?" test.

    Best Tracks: Legend, Know Yourself, Madonna, 6 God, Star67, You and the 6, Jungle

    Worst Tracks: 10 bands, Preach, Used To, Company

    Overall, the album is above average, but begins lacking substance towards the middle of the tracklist.
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  5. 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
  6. Apr 15, 2015
    7
    I'm aware that this is probably a collection of his "Views From the 6" throwaways, but honestly I expected better from one of the top guys inI'm aware that this is probably a collection of his "Views From the 6" throwaways, but honestly I expected better from one of the top guys in the rap game today. He doesn't really get deep or introspective on too many of these records; it seems like he was chasing the charts on almost all of the tracks (he succeeded if that was the case). Many good songs on this, no real great songs on this tape. Hopefully he's saving the best cuts for the album 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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