5 Things We Learned From Drake’s New Mixtape
Drake released If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late last night (Feb. 12). He shared the link through his Twitter. A source from Drake’s camp has confirmed with XXL that the project is a mixtape and not an album. Twitter went ham with comments and thoughts on the tape. If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late comes right before his upcoming LP, Views From the 6. You can purchase the Tdot native's new project on iTunes right here or stream it here.
There's a lot to digest from the tape after it was released less than 24 hours ago. But we did learn a couple of things. Here are the five things we picked up.
1. Drake And Tyga Will Probably Never Be Friends
On “6PM In New York” off of If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late, Drake sends a pretty strong jab at Tyga using his rumored relationship with Kylie Jenner as the ammo. Tyga broke-up with his then-fiancée and baby mama, Blac Chyna. They were together since 2011 and have a son named King Cairo. The reason for their split wasn’t clear, but most suspected that Tyga dumped Chyna for 17-year-old Kylie Jenner. It is illegal in the state of California (and Arizona, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin) for Tyga and Jenner to be in a sexual relationship. While Jenner hasn’t spoken on it, T-Raw has and stated that he and Kylie are just friends. On the new track, Drake raps, “I heard a lil lil homie talking reckless in Vibe/Quite a platform you chose, you shoulda kept it inside/Oh you tried, it’s so childish calling my name on the world stage/You need to act your age and not your girl’s age”
Yikes. Tyga responded—then deleted—his tweet, where he said, “@Drake u still a bitch. All that sneak dissing is weak. Just pull up. I know where u live and u know my address.” These two are no longer buddies. What will happen next? Expect a diss record.
2. Canadian Lingo
Fans got a glimpse of the lingo from our neighbors up north in Drake's short film Jungle. What appeared to be a horrible Jamaican accent by Drizzy and his OVO Sound crew is just normal Canadian lingo. Rawiya Kameir from Fader—and Toronto resident—shared that their isn't anything peculiar about it. "It's basically standard black vernacular in Toronto." John Fleming, a speech and dialect coach, also told them that "I don't feel he's putting on a whole different dialect," he said. "He's just using a different voice for the different people he speaks to. Think about the voice you use with a bank teller compared to the voice you speak to your grandma with."
What's also something that easily noticeable is the Canadian slang, in particular the word "woe." Devontée, an OVO Sound affiliate, told Noisey "woe" means crew.
"Woe is my crew," said Devontée. "It stands for 'working on excellence.' It's just my whole brand and my whole movement and my way of life for everyone. I want everyone to work on excellence. So, all my friends are my Woes and I feel anybody working on excellence in life is a Woe in life as well."
3. A Lot Of People Are Into If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late
Drake's surprise mixtape is projected to take over the No. 1 spot on the charts and sell around 500,000 copies in the first weekend of its release, according to HDD. What does that mean? A lot of people like this guy:
4. There's A Lot Of One-Liners
The amount of one-liners/Instagram captions/pick-up lines/shade texts are astronomical. Drake is talking shit throughout the whole mixtape and it's fantastic. Twitter picked up on the big ones. Just take a look below.
5. Drake Has Bad Handwriting
Drake's handwritten note was pretty cool. He thanked his usual OVO crew and also a few other people. Drizzy gave shout-outs to Chief Keef, Riff Raff, Madonna, Lenny’s daughter Zoe Kravitz, the whole Toronto Raptors organization and Ginuwine. The list of people he thanks are interesting. But what stands out is the hand writing. Could this be any worse? Read the letter below.