Exclaim!'s Top 27 Albums of 2015 So Far

6. Drake
If You're Reading This It's Too Late
(Cash Money)

None of the songs on Drake's surprise release If You're Reading This It's Too Late sound like they were explicitly designed to be bangers, yet we all found hits in tracks like "10 Bands," "Jungle" and especially "Know Yourself," and not one or two, but every single song from the album was on the Billboard chart simultaneously. Surely, community college music professors will soon dedicate weeks of digital media courses to Too Late's release story.

Musically, Too Late is the sound of Drake and 40 at the top of their game. With nothing left to prove, they coast across these 17 tracks (19 on the CD) breezily, conveying a new type of braggadocio, in which a rapper can pull back and chill because they don't have to worry about anyone snatching the crown. If You're Reading This It's Too Late isn't even Drake's proper 2015 album (Views From the 6 supposedly arrives later this year), but it'll take a hell of a lot for it to be bumped from our year-end lists.
Josiah Hughes