Drake’s surprise album, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, was allegedly supposed to be a free mixtape… but his label wasn’t having it.
The founder of popular free mixtape site Datpiff (referred to as KP) revealed the news in an interview with HipHopDX. KP says the Drake album was going to be released on Datpiff, but label Cash Money said no.
It was rumored that Drake released the album/mixtape to satisfy a contractual requirement with Cash Money. Lil Wayne has been vocal about his desire to leave the label, saying he wants to take Drake and Nicki Minaj with him.
KP says the album did count towards the contract requirement, and this is why Drake agreed to take the album to retail.
The album briefly appeared as a free SoundCloud stream around midnight on the day of its release. The album was taken down shortly after it went up, and is only available through digital retailers. The SoundCloud upload could have been Drake’s way of poking back at Cash Money.
According to Nielsen, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late sold 495,000 copies in three days.
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