Call it a mixtape, call it a "project," call it what you want—Cash Money is counting If You're Reading This It's Too Late towards Drake's contractual album obligation, says one of the men behind DatPiff. Kyle "KP" Reilly revealed in a conversation with HipHopDX that until only very recently, Drake had planned on releasing IYRTITL as a mixtape through the site. Cash Money has allegedly decided "two or three weeks ago" to release it as a retail album instead, and as consolation, has allowed IYRTITL to count as an album.
"Originally we 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 told HipHopDX. "It was a mutual decision since he wanted to give it away. [Cash Money] 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. The label had zero input or creative control over IYRTITL."
Drake is rumored to be eyeing an out at Cash Money. Today Page Six reported that "sources" believe Drake has a five-album contract, which would mean he owes one more album—Views From the 6, perhaps—before he's free. FADER has reached out to Drake's team to confirm all this, and is currently awaiting comment.
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