It looks like Drake may be trying to steal thunder from Kanye West.
The same day that West unveiled his collaboration with Adidas, including the Yeezy 750 Boost, at New York Fashion Week, Drake decided to pull a Beyoncé and surprise fans with a new album.
Just before midnight on Thursday, Drake released “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late” on iTunes with no warning.
— Drizzy (@Drake) February 13, 2015
Fans were not expecting an album until spring, tentatively titled “Views From the 6,” so it’s unclear if this is a mixtape with a price tag or if it’s the rapper’s long-awaited fourth LP.
The tape features 17 songs, including previously released tracks, like “6 God,” and “Used To,” Drake’s newest song with Lil Wayne that also appears on Wayne’s “Sorry 4 The Wait 2” mixtape. The rapper also collaborated with Travi$ Scott and PARTYNEXTDOOR for the album.
Earlier that morning, Drake posted a 14-minute introspective short film titled “Jungle,” which led many fans to suspect that some new material was coming, but not a brand-new album. The video features flashback footage of a young Drake and the rapper coming back to his hometown of Toronto.
After Beyoncé successfully released her visual album with no warning in December 2013, the move seems to have become popular among musicians.
To see the full track listing for “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late,” click here.
And watch Drake’s video below:
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