Drake’s ‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late’ Was Supposed to be a DJ Drama Mixtape
Drake's If You're Readying This It's Too Late was actually supposed to be a DJ Drama tape. DJ Drama was supposed to host it but Cash Money changed their minds. Also the tape might have counted toward Drizzy's album requirements with Cash Money Records, according to DatPiff's Kyle "KP" Reilly.
"Originally we [DatPiff] were in talks to release it for free...and have DJ Drama host and even make it an official Gangsta Grillz... however the label was not in favor of that and they struck an agreement to release the project the retail route and it would count towards one of his albums," KP said while speaking with HipHoopDX.
He added, "It was a mutual decision since he wanted to give it away. [The label] said, 'Hell no,' not in those words, so they 'agreed' to do it this way as a middle ground and it would count towards his Cash Money deal album total."
While the exact specifics of Drake's deal is a bit ambiguous. Back in 2009 the L.A. Times Music Blog article detailed the mechanics of Drake’s deal. Drake signed with Aspire/Young Money/Cash Money Records and is distributed by Universal, got a $2 million advance and retained the publishing rights to his songs and only pays 25% of his music sales revenues to the label as a “distribution fee.” Now Lil Wayne agreed to a four-album contract when he re-signed with the company in 2012. So most assumed Drake signed a similar four album contract with CM. The fact that the "6 God" rhyme slayer's project may count towards his album requirements makes you wonder if Drizzy is trying to leave Cash Money himself. Which would make the project title (If You're Readying This It's Too Late) make a lot more sense.
If You're Readying This It's Too Late broke records, surpassing Spotify's stream records with 23.6 million streams in the first four days of its release. The surprise project also had a pretty solid first week in sales, debuting at No. 1 with 535,000 units sold and becomes the first rapper to be atop of the the Billboard Artist 100 chart.
As you'll recall, Lil Wayne is currently not feeling Cash Money. Weezy has filed suit against the recording label due to the hold put on his Tha Carter V album and the $10 million he never received for completing it. In an attempt to break free of his contract, Tunechi is demanding $51 million from Birdman and Cash Money.
XXL has reached out to reps from Universal/Cash Money for more information.