Release Date: July 1
Label: OVO Sound

PARTYNEXTDOOR didn't need to release too many songs to get attention: He was down with Drake, and that was reason enough to listen. Consider that the last time Drake introduced us to a singer from Toronto, we put him on our cover before he'd even dropped a proper debut album.

But beyond the OVO affiliation, there are other parallels between PARTYNEXTDOOR and The Weeknd: They're both "mysterious" R&B singers from Toronto. So could PARTYNEXTDOOR do enough to differentiate himself from The Weeknd?

The answer provided by his mixtape is... sort of. He's certainly stylistically influenced by Weeknd and Drake, but has better singing chops. Is this the 2013 House of Balloons? Definitely not. And PARTY's lyrics are more reminiscent of the swagger of someone like The-Dream than Drizzy. But the mixtape does sound like a launching pad for what we think Drake's Nothing Was The Same may sound like. And hey, that's reason enough to check it out. —Insanul Ahmed