Surprise! Drake just dropped a new album

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Rapper Drake attends the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles, Wednesday, April 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
Grammy-winning rapper Drake surprised fans by releasing an album on iTunes early on Friday, following in the footsteps of pop singer Beyonce, who put out her fifth studio album with no advance notice just over a year ago.The musician linked to the iTunes page of the 17-track album, entitled "If You're Reading This It's Too Late," in a posting on Twitter. The record features guest artists including Lil Wayne, PARTYNEXTDOOR, and Travi$ Scott.
Rapper Drake performs in concert on the last date of his Would You Like A Tour? 2013 at the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, in Philadelphia. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)
FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2013 file photo, rapper Drake appears at the 55th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. For the first time, Drake tops nominees for the BET Hip-Hop Awards. In a statement to The Associated Press, BET said Thursday that Drake received the most nominations with eight for the ninth annual awards show. It airs Oct. 14. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Rapper Drake performs during the Drake vs. Lil Wayne Tour at Shoreline Amphitheatre on September 16, 2014 in Mountain View, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)
TORONTO, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 30: Rapper Drake addresses the media as it was announced the Toronto Raptors will host NBA All-Star 2016 announced during todays press conference at the Air Canada Centre on September 30 , 2013 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Dave Sandford/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: (L-R) Singer Usher, music producer Noah '40' Shebib, and rapper Drake at the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/AMA2012/Getty Images for AMA)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 06: (L-R) Singer/rapper Nicki Minaj and rappers Drake and Lil Wayne accept the award for Best Hip Hop Video onstage at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards at Staples Center on September 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
TORONTO, ONTARIO - APRIL 12: Founder and CEO of Virginia Black Decadent American Whiskey Brent Hocking and songwriter, rapper and actor Drake attend the Canadian Pre-Launch of Virginia Black Decadent American Whiskey held at LCBO at Yonge & Summerhill on April 12, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images for Virginia Black Decadent American Whiskey)
TORONTO, ON - MARCH 04: Rapper Drake shouts from his courtside seat during the second half of an NBA game between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre on March 04, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 14: Rapper Drake speaks during introductions before the NBA All-Star Game 2016 at the Air Canada Centre on February 14, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 14: Canadian rapper Drake talks to Eastern Conference Toronto Raptors DeMar DeRozan (10) during half time in the NBA all-star game in Toronto, Ontario. Toronto Star/Todd Korol (Todd Korol/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA - FEBRUARY 14: Rapper, Drake announces the starting line ups before the NBA All-Star Game as part of 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend on February 14, 2016 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 25: Rapper, Drake smiles during the Cleveland Cavaliers game against the Golden State Warriors on December 25, 2015 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland,California.NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 08: Musician Drake performs onstage during REAL 92.3's 'The Real Show' at The Forum on November 8, 2015 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 10: Rapper Drake performs onstage during weekend two, day two of Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park on October 10, 2015 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Rapper Drake attends the Women's Singles Semifinals match between Roberta Vinci of Italy and Serena Williams of the United States on Day Twelve of the 2015 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 11, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 18: Drake performs at Music Midtown at Piedmont Park on September 18, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Chris McKay/Getty Images for Live Nation)
SQUAMISH, BC - AUGUST 08: Rapper Drake performs onstage during Day 2 of Squamish Valley Music Festival on August 8, 2015 in Squamish, Canada. (Photo by Andrew Chin/Getty Images)
Canadian rapper Drake sits on centre court to watch the women's semi-finals matches on day ten of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 9, 2015. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE -- AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
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Drake just pulled a Beyonce!

The rapper shocked fans by released a surprise full-length mixtape late Thursday night. The 17-track album, titled If You're Reading This It's Too Late, features appearances by Lil' Wayne, PARTYNEXTDOOR, and Travi$ Scott.

Drake teased the album's release early Thursday with introspective short film "Jungle" and confirmed fan suspicions when he tweeted out a cryptic link around 8 p.m. PST.


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The surprise release echoes Beyonce's groundbreaking self-titled album release in December 2013, when the diva released not just a full-length album but also 17 accompanying short film music videos.

If You're Reading This It's Too Late is available for download on iTunes.

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Check out what happened earlier this year when Drake crashed a comedian's set to give him some notes on his Drake impression in the video below.

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