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A Mother’s Day Playlist for All of the Best Moms Ever!

Don’t get it twisted, rappers know how to love, especially when it comes to their mothers. The phrase I’ll always love my mama, resonates with many of hip-hop’s finest. They can be extra affectionate when it pertains to the women that birthed them and their loved ones.

Rappers have given credit to the superwomen in their lives for being caregivers and bill-payers, as well as for nurturing and inspiring them. Throughout their careers, artists from Kanye West to Drake to Jay-Z to Lil B have rapped about the values their mothers have instilled in them and how those values have helped them become the bosses they are today.

Rap stars have created loving mother-themed songs showing the appreciation they have for the most important women in their lives. 2 Chainz, Ghostface Killah, Rick Ross, YG and so many other rappers have shown gratitude for the life lessons and the tough love they’ve received from their mothers with heartfelt songs.

It’s Mother’s Day! In honor of this very special occasion, ONE37pm put together a playlist for all of the amazing moms out there. To pay homage to these lovely ladies we’ve selected songs that celebrate motherhood and all that it entails. This very special playlist consists of some of our favorite hip-hop tracks that show love to Mommy dearest.

Whether the moms in your life are rap fans or not, this collection of songs has something for them. It features well-known classics from 2Pac and Ghostface Killah, as well as more recent tracks from 21 Savage, Kanye West, and Big Sean. There are songs to dance to as well as tracks that could make the moms in your life tear up. Celebrate the best moms ever this Mother’s Day by showering them with love and by also checking out this playlist we’ve put together for them. 

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15 of Our Favorite Met Gala-Inspired Rap Lyrics

It’s that time of year again. It’s the first Monday in May, which means the Met Gala is once again upon us. This year the hotly anticipated gala officially returns to its normally scheduled programming. As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, the annual event, also known as the Costume Institute Gala, was placed on hold in 2020, while last year’s downsized version took place in September during New York Fashion Week.

The Met’s 2022 theme is In America: An Anthology of Fashion. It’s the second half of the Costume Institute’s two-part exhibition dedicated to American fashion, which began with 2021’s In America: A Lexicon of Fashion. For this year’s Met festivities, Hollywood A-Listers Regina King, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds are holding down the co-hosting duties.

The Met Gala raises funds that benefit programs and exhibitions sponsored by the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. It also gives celebs a reason to pop out in some of the most unique and eye-catching outfits. With nicknames like the Super Bowl of fashion and fashion’s biggest night out, the Met Gala is arguably the biggest night in fashion. Famous faces from all walks of entertainment come together in celebration of the opening of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s yearly fashion exhibition. It’s a big deal not only for the fashion world, but for the world of hip-hop as well.

Nowadays, hip-hop heavyweights are permanent fixtures on the Met’s red carpet and at the after-party. The likes of Ye, Megan Thee Stallion, Rihanna, Beyoncé, Cardi B, A$AP Rocky, Diddy, Migos, JAY-Z and many, many others have made their presence felt at the Met Gala. So it should come as no surprise that the Met Gala has been the subject of quite a few rap songs and lyrics. The star-studded affair has inspired some dope bars, as well as some not-so-dope lyrics. The gala has been mentioned by rap stars who have attended and popular artists who haven’t been lucky enough to strut their stuff at the event. In honor of the 2022 Met Gala, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite Met Gala raps.

“I was that n*gga locked up in the cell and they treated me like I was normal/Thankin’ the Lord for them blessings I just left the Met Gala dressin’ up formal.” -Offset on Gucci Mane’s “Met Gala” (2017)

“It’s easy to slip, don’t want you to fall/Walk in with the drip, that Met Gala Ball” — Gunna on “Met Gala” (2020)

“You can’t even get on my guest list/They want me to go to the Met Gala/I want a Percocet and a gallon/That Actavis, Hi-Tech it don’t matter” — Future on Drake’s “Grammys” (2016)

“Met Gala, 42/but I fuck ’em like I’m 22/Macking and hanging that’s all I do” — Nas on The Weeknd’s “Tell your Friends (Met Gala Remix)”

“Attitude, gotta holla/She caught me slippin’, dressin’ like the Met Gala” — 24hrs & PnB Rock on “Met Gala” (2018)

“I had to give her a new nickname/Designer call us Met Gala Gang” — Quavo on“Champagne Rose” (2018)

“Watch how I drip when I hit that Met Gala/Codeine I sip with my lip, don’t get splattered” — Gunna on “Drip Or Drown [Remix]” (2018)

“Saint Laurent boots on Gucci saddles, Met Gala/ dab capital, abracadabra” — Quavo on Migos’ “Too Hotty” (2017)

“I’m a great example, great sex haver/In-shape for the Met Gala” — Kevin Gates on “Kung Fu” (2018)

“Red bottoms on, I’m at Met Gala” — Young Thug on “Daddy’s Birthday” (2017)

“They was losin’ they mind when I hit the Met Gala/Tail so long, it dragged 30 minutes after” — Cardi B on “Bet It” (2021)

“Spend a quarter million on a coupe, guess what?/MET Gala, hunnid for the suit, bless us” — Rick Ross on Russ’ “Guess What” (2020)

“A vet stylin’ in Met Gala/tuna salad from La Scala” — Nas on “White Label” (2018)

“I brought a Hollywood bitch to Club Crucial/I was at the Met Gala with my shooter” — 21 Savage on “Runnin’” (2020)

“I missed the Met Gala, eatin’ linguine with the best scallops/I knew we was the best before I met Khaled” — Dave East on “Bad Boy On Death Row” (2016)

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DJ Khaled and Drake’s Top Collaborations, Ranked

DJ Khaled is a multifaceted entertainer. He’s a DJ’s, a producer, a record executive, an undisputed hitmaker, he’s groomed platinum artists and is amazing at promoting the hell out of stuff he’s attached to. The Grammy Award winner also has a knack for collaborating with Drake. The We The Best mogul has been telling us that he’s the best for a minute now. So it’s only right that he teams up with the crème de la crème. The duo have been linking up for more than a decade and it seems like they have more music on the way.

Khaled, who recently received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, teased an upcoming track with Drizzy. In a video posted to his Instagram story, Khaled can be heard saying, “They didn’t believe in us. Drake did.” The social clip was accompanied by a caption that read, “#DRAKEDID ! Vocals been in !!!! ALBUM MODE !”

Khaled’s last album, Khaled Khaled dropped in 2021. Led by two solo Drake joints it became his third album to top the Billboard 200. While we wait to see what these two cook up next, let’s look back at DJ Khaled and Drake’s top collaborations from the past.

7. “Fed Up” – DJ Khaled featuring Usher, Drake, Young Jeezy and Rick Ross

Released: 2009

Album: Victory

“Fed Up” was the first official link up between DJ Khaled and Drake. It’s probably also their most forgettable collaboration to date. Although this The Runners-produced track features an all-star cast it just didn’t hit like their follow ups.

6. “To the Max” – DJ Khaled featuring Drake

Released: 2017

Album: Grateful

DJ Khaled’s 2017 album, Grateful, featured a few huge records. Top 10 hits like “I’m the One,” “Wild Thoughts” and “Shining” overshadowed every other song featured on the album, even the Drake song, “To the Max.” One of the least successful collabs between the dynamic duo, “To the Max” only peaked at 53 on the Billboard Hot 100. The experimental track is still a banger however.

5. “Greece” – DJ Khaled featuring Drake

Released: 2020

Album: Khaled Khaled

“Greece” was first heard when it leaked along with a bunch of other Drake tracks in 2020. The platinum single was an international hit. It charted in the top 10 in several countries, including the US, Canada, New Zealand and Belgium, topping the singles chart in Greece. A dope record, “Greece” just doesn’t compete with Khaled and Drizzy’s best joints.

4. “Popstar” – DJ Khaled featuring Drake

Released: 2020

Album: Khaled Khaled

Ever so often Drake really goes off on a track, and “Popstar” definitely falls into that category. 6 God with his spicy flow and boastful lyrics floats over the production crafted by one of his go-to producers, OZ. Popstar Justin Bieber stars in the music video that was just as entertaining as the song, which is certified 3x platinum.

3. “For Free” – DJ Khaled featuring Drake

Released: 2016

Album: Major Key

Both DJ Khaled and Drake were on top of the world in 2016. Drizzy dropped one of his biggest albums, VIEWS and Khaled had a career resurgence off the strength of him being him. The two joined forces for the first single to Khaled’s ninth album, Major Key. “For Free” samples and references several cult classics, including Too Short’s “Blow the Whistle,” Akinyele’s “Fuck Me For Free” and Kendrick Lamar’s “For Free? (Interlude).”

2. “No New Friends” – DJ Khaled featuring Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne

Released: 2013

Album: Suffering from Success

Gang, gang, gang! “No New Friends” was an ode to all of the day-ones out there. The song was initially a remix to Drake’s “Started From The Bottom” and featured contributions from Future. Produced by Boi-1da, Vinylz and Noah “40” Shebib, the final version of No New Friends” became Khaled’s sixth Top 40 hit.

1. “I’m on One” – DJ Khaled featuring Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne

Released: 2011

Album: We the Best Forever

 “I’m on One” helped set the tone for summer 2011. Drake, Ross and Wayne had three of the most anticipated albums at the time of this track’s release and it lived up to all of the hype that they built up. The Grammy nominated single peaked in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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19 Rap Songs that Debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100

TikTok does it again! The popular social networking platform has helped catapult another song to the top of the Billboard charts. After a snippet of Jack Harlow’s latest single, “First Class” trended on TikTok, the full version upon its official release (April 8th) debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The second single from his upcoming album, Come Home the Kids Miss You has been making noise outside of Tiktok also. With more than 10.6 million streams in the first 24 hours of its release, the single that samples Fergie’s Ludacris-assisted No. 1 hit “Glamorous” had one of the biggest single-day streams of the year on Spotify’s global chart. Currently the fastest selling single of 2022, the Louisville, Kentucky native’s latest hit moved more than 420,000 units in its opening week.

In the history of the Billboard Hot 100, there have been 17 hip-hop songs that have debuted on top of the chart. These songs represent some of the biggest hits in hip-hop history. This significant achievement is a testament to not only how dope the songs are, but also the popularity of the artists (and producers) and behind them. Once a rare feat, debuting in the top spot has become more and more frequent over the last few years. There were 10 songs released since 2017 alone that spent their first week on Billboard’s singles chart in the No. 1 position. Drake has dropped several first-week-chart-toppers and so has Travis Scott. Here’s a look at all of the hip-hop hits that have debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

“Jimmy Cooks” by Drake featuring 21 Savage

Debut Date: June 27, 2022

  • “Wait For U” by Future featuring Drake & Tems

Debut Date: May 9, 2022

Future landed at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for the eight time with I Never Liked You. The album features tracks with Kanye West, Gunna and Young Thug. Pluto’s ninth album also features the Drake and Tems-assisted single, “Wait For U,” which also debuted in the top spot on the Billboard charts. The video for the song that topped the Billboard Hot 100 within seven days of its release racked up 5.7 million views in just four days.

  • “First Class” by Jack Harlow

Debut Date: April 18, 2022

Jack Harlow has another smash hit on his hands. “First Class” is receiving love from all around the world. The song debuted at No. 1 in the US, as well as in New Zealand and Australia. It also debuted at No. 2 in several countries including the UK, Germany and Ireland.

  • “Way 2 Sexy” by Drake featuring Future and Young Thug

Debut Date: September 18, 2021

The first official single from Drake’s Certified Lover Boy claimed the top spot on the Hot 100 after a massive streaming week “Way 2 Sexy” led the way on the single’s chart, while nine other CLB tracks occupied the top 10 slots on the chart, making Drizzy the first artist in history to do so. “Way 2 Sexy” became the 6 God’s ninth number-one and extended his reign as the rap star with the most No. 1 songs in history.

  • “Rapstar” by Polo G

Debut Date: April 24, 2021

Polo G is leading the way as one of hip-hop’s next undisputed superstars. He further cemented his status in the game with “Rapstar,” his first Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper. With more than 77.7 million streams in its first seven days, the lead single to Polo’s first No. 1 album, Hall Of Fame, became an instant hit. 

  • “What’s Next” by Drake

Debut Date: March 20, 2021

If in 2021, you wondered what was next for Drake, he had an answer for you: more hits! “What’s Next,” the lead single for his three-track, Scary Hours 2 ep, conquered the Hot 100 immediately after its release. While the high energy track landed at No. 1, the accompanying tracks “Wants and Needs,” featuring Lil Baby and the Rick Ross-assisted “Lemon Pepper Freestyle” occupied the No. 2 and 3 spots. Drake became the first artist ever to have three singles debut in the top three positions of the Hot 100.

  • “Franchise” by Travis Scott featuring Young Thug and MIA

Debut Date: Oct. 10, 2020

Travis Scott has been a franchise player for a while. The Cactus Jack head honcho was assisted by all stars Young Thug and MIA for “Franchise,” his third number-one debut. The hit single was at the time supposed to be the lead single for Scott’s fifth solo album, Utopia. Scott is the only artist to have three songs debut at number-one in less than a year.

  • “WAP” by Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion

Debut Date: Aug. 22, 2020

What happens when two of the biggest female rappers of the moment come together? Well, when Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion connected for “WAP,” they almost broke the internet. Their bass heavy, sex-positive Balitimore club-inspired banger spent four week on top of the Billboard Hot 100. With the immediate success of “WAP,” Cardi became the first female rapper to chart a No. 1 in two decades. “WAP” was her fourth and Megan’s second chart-topping single.

  • “Trollz” by 6ix9ine & Nicki Minaj

Debut Date: June 27, 2020

Controversy sells and the career of 6ix9ine has been proof. For his single, the infamous rapper linked up with Nicki Minaj for a third time. The combination of controversy and lots of hype resulted in the tandems’ track debuting at No. 1. The track only spent four weeks on the Billboard Hot 100.

  • “The Scotts” by Travis Scott & Kid Cudi

Debut Date: May 9, 2020

The legend known as Kid Cudi made his first appearance on top of the Billboard Hot 100 with “The Scott’s,” the 2020 collab between him and Travis Scott. Following the huge debut of the single produced by Take A Daytrip, Dot da Genius and Plain Pat, Scott became one of only six artists in history to have multiple songs debut at No. 1.

  • “Toosie Slide” by Drake

Debut Date: April 18, 2020

“Toosie Slide” became Drake’s third number-one debut on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as his seventh chart-topping song. The song named after social influencer, Toosie was the lead single from Drizzy’s Dark Lane Demo Tapes mixtape.

  • “Highest In The Room” by Travis Scott

Debut Date: Oct. 19, 2019

The 2019 single brought in 59 million streams in its first week and was remixed by Lil Baby and Latin star Rosalia.

  • “This Is America” by Childish Gambino

Debut Date: May 19, 2018

“This Is America” was the 31st song to spend its opening week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was also Childish Gambino’s first chart-topping and top ten single. It went on to win four Grammy Awards, including Best Rap/Sung Performance, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Music Video. “This Is America” became the first rap song to take home the Grammy trophies for both Record and Song of the Year.

  • “Nice for What” by Drake

Debut Date: April 21, 2018

An ode to the independent women out there, “Nice for What” contained a sample of Lauryn Hill’s “Ex-Factor,” as well as vocals from Big Freedia. Upon its debut, it replaced “God’s Plan” in the No. 1 spot, making Drake the first artist in history to replace one No.1 debut with another No.1 debut. The hit song held down the top spot on Billboard’s single charts for eight nonconsecutive weeks.

  • “God’s Plan” by Drake

Debut Date: February 3, 2018

Drake seemingly had a plan when it came to his 2018 album Scorpion. That plan was to rule the charts. “God’s Plan” was the first of several Scorpion singles that topped the Billboard Hot 100. The Grammy Award-winning song broke first-day streaming records on Spotify, as well as on Apple Music and became the most streamed song of 2018 for both Spotify and Apple Music.

  • “I’m The One” by DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne

Debut Date: May 20, 2017

DJ Khaled told us he had been grinding all his life. With “I’m The One,” the second single from his tenth album, Grateful, he finally reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song which has been streamed more than a billion times on Spotify also debuted in the top position on the UK Singles Chart.

  • “Not Afraid” by Eminem

Debut Date: May 22, 2010

What hasn’t Eminem done? The megastar rapper broke several records through his lengthy career. His 2010 single was the first rap song in about 12 years to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The Boi-1da-co-produced track became Em’s second certified diamond single.

  • “Doo Wop (That Thing)” by Lauryn Hill

Debut Date: November 14, 1998

One of the G.O.A.T. female rappers, Lauryn Hill shook up the game when she released her debut solo single, “Doo Wop (That Thing).” The lead single from her debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill became the first debut single to top the Hot 100 in its opening week. The two-time Grammy Award-winning song is also the first song by a female rapper to hit No. 1.

  • “I’ll Be Missing You” by Puff Daddy & Faith Evans Featuring 112

Debut Date: June 14, 1997

The first rap song to debut on top of the Billboard Hot 100 was a tribute to the late and great Notorious B.I.G. “I’ll Be Missing You” featured Biggie’s wife Faith, as well as Bad Boy crooners 112. In the US, the single spent 11 weeks at No. 1, while it also landed in the top position in 15 countries around the world. To date, the Grammy Award-winning single is one of the top-selling songs of all time.

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Ranking The Ten Best NFL-Inspired Hip Hop Lyrics

If you were to ask any rapper which sport they could play best, the answer is likely basketball or football. With the NBA and NFL being influential in hip-hop culture, it’s not a surprise that rappers commonly shout-out some of their favorite (or sometimes least favorite) athletes. Accordingly, football’s relationship with hip-hop is fueled by rappers who are die-hard fans of the game; for proof, just look back to the early 2000s when NFL jerseys were hip hop’s jersey of choice.

Down below are the ten best NFL-inspired lyrics from hip-hop.

1. Kanye West on Tyler The Creator’s “SMUCKERS,” 2015

“They say I’m crazy, but that’s the best thing goin’ for me.

You can’t lynch Marshawn if Tom Brady throwin’ to me.

2. Drake on “Paris Morton 2/Pound Cake,” 2013

“Yeah, after hours of Il Mulino.

Or Sotto Sotto, just talkin’ women, and vino.

The contract like ’91 Dan Marino.

I swear this guy Michael Rapino’s boosting my ego.”

3. Max B on “Blow Me A Dub,” 2009

“I’m Tom Brady, you a Testaverde.

Yeah, old, washed-up with no arm strength.

He don’t show no remorse, he ain’t got a conscience”

4. Lil Wayne on “Green And Yellow,” 2011

“Money green, yellow broad.

Aaron Rodgers: MVP award.

This is Green Bay, b—- we go hard.

This is Packer country, where’s your Green card?”

5. Mobb Deep on “Get Dealt With,” 1996

“We got to take position, ready for face-off.

We blitz like Dallas in the Super Bowl face-off.

We form like n—– in the yard up North.”

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6. Nas on “Blaze a 50,” 2002

“Met her in San Diego at the Super Bowl party.

Had the Henny, sipped it up with Terrell Davis.

MVP, we flicked it up from Sports Illustrated.

I was silked out, flossing with Stoute, he had the gators.

When she walked in, she lit up the room like Las Vegas.

Terrell said her man’s a fullback for the Raiders.

A drunk who’d f— cheerleaders and wind up in the papers.”

7. The Diplomats on “Dipset Anthem,” 2003

“I’m on the Westside of Chicago, lookin’ for a bust down.

And make me put my two arms up, touchdown.

8. Inspectah Deck on “Wu Tang Ain’t Nuthing ta F— It,” 1993

“Put the needle to the groove I gets rude and I’m forced.

To f— it up, my style carries like a pick-up truck.

Cross the clear blue yonder, sea to shining sea.

I slam tracks like quarterback sacks from L.T.”

9. Andre 3000 on “Da Art of Storytellin (Part 4),” 2007

“I started off starvin.

Now they got me out here Brett Favre’n.

Tryna see if I still got it (got it).

I guess it’s like a bike, think about it.

10. Jeezy on “Gangsta Music,” 2005

“We don’t talk on the phone ’cause it might stick.

Gotta play for the seven, call it Mike Vick.

Dirty birds, n—-, we play wit’ dem Falcons.

Know some n—– in the Decatur that pay for dem falcons.”


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Ranking The Ten Best NBA-Inspired Lyrics In Hip-Hop

If you’ve been around sports and hip-hop long enough, then you’ve come across this quote– “Rappers want to be like athletes, and the athletes want to be like rappers.” The two very influential entities, specifically basketball and hip hop, have a special chemistry. It has become familiar as the sunlight to find our favorite rappers sitting courtside at games or our favorite players quoting their lyrics. But their relationship is sustained by tributes (or plain disrespect); rappers pay homage to ballplayers in their songs, which sparks another round of conversations.

Down below are the ten best NBA-inspired lyrics from hip-hop.

1. Ice Cube, “Today Was A Good Day,” 1992 –

“Get me on the court and I’m trouble.

Last week f—– around and got a triple-double.

Freaking n—– every way like MJ.

I can’t believe today was a good day.”

2. Jay-Z, “Encore,” 2003 –

“As fate would have it, Jay’s status appears.

To be at an all-time high, perfect time to say goodbye.

When I come back like Jordan, wearing the 4-5.

It ain’t to play games with you, it’s to aim at you, probably maim you.”

3. Drake, “Thank Me Now,” 2010 –

“I can relate to kids going straight to the league.

When they recognize that you got what it takes to succeed.

And that’s around the time that your idols become your rivals.

You make friends with Mike but got to ‘A.I.’ him for your survival.”

4. Lil Wayne, “Kobe Bryant,” 2009 –

“Kobe doin’ work, 2–4 on my shirt.

He the greatest on the court and I’m the greatest on the verse.

Going for the fourth ring like it was his first.

Gotta get the bling, do it for Kareem.”

5. Jay-Z, “Pump It Up (Remix),” 2003 –

“Go ahead, bug out, I’ll Raid, n—-, scurry.

Worry, I’m, not, the Mike Jordan of the mic recording.

It’s Hovi, baby, you Kobe, maybe; Tracy McGrady.

Matter-fact, you a Harold Miner.

J.R. Rider, washed up on marijuana.

Even worse, you a Pervis Ellis.

You worthless, fella; you ain’t no athlete, you Shawn Bradley.”

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6. Kendrick Lamar, “The Heart Part IV,” 2017 –

“Tables turned, lesson learned, my best look.

You jumped sides on me, now you ‘bout to meet Westbrook.

Go celebrate with your team and let victory vouch you.

Just know the next game played I might slap the s— out you.”

7. J. Cole, “Return of Simba,” 2011 –

Ced said, ‘Look, my n—–, we got a foot in’.

Being good is good, that’ll get you Drew Gooden.

But me, I want Jordan numbers, LeBron footin’.

Can’t guard me, Vince Lombardi, John Wooden.”

8. Jadakiss, “Put Your Hands Up,” 2001 –

“And y’all scared I can tell.

That I’ma get Bucks like Milwaukee, cause like Sam, I ca’ sell.”

9. Kanye West, “New God Flow,” 2012 –

“Went from most hated to the champion god flow.

I guess that’s a feeling only me and LeBron know.”

10. Drake, “0 to 100 / The Catch Up,” 2014 –

“I’ve been Steph Curry with the shot.

Been cooking with the sauce.

Chef Curry with the pot, boy… 360 with the wrist, boy!”




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Yes, Drake Should Own A WNBA Team

Whether it’s releasing No. 1 albums (Certified Lover Boy) and creating successful brands (October’s Very Own) or being the inspiration for some of social media’s most memorable memes, musician Drake has impacted everything in sports, music, and fashion. But the Toronto, native’s most significant impact yet could come in the form of ownership. On Wednesday (Nov. 3rd), Drake interacted with the WNBA on his Instagram story by saying, “I need a Toronto team.”

Sports and WNBA fans alike immediately reacted to this by imagining the possibility that the league created a team in Toronto, with Drake as one of its owners. Ever since becoming a musical superstar after the turn of the last decade, the Certified Lover Boy musician has proudly represented his hometown. Between being a global ambassador of the NBA’s Toronto Raptors and hosting his annual, star-packed OVO fest there for nine consecutive summers, Drake’s love for Toronto is well-documented as it has more chapters waiting to be written.

Fueling even more speculation about the prospect of a WNBA franchise in Toronto, Drake posted on Instagram a picture of himself and Las Vegas Aces star center, Liz Cambage.

The two’s friendship has been known for years as Drake not only shouted out Cambage while rapping on Travis Scott’s 2018 smash hit, “Sicko Mode” but congratulated her after she set a WNBA record for most points scored in a game with 53 against the New York Liberty during that same year.

Even though most major sports leagues in America are reluctant to actually expand, the WNBA genuinely considers it. Commissioner Cathy Engelbert confirmed the league’s interest in adding more teams to the league during her press conference during this year’s WNBA Finals.

“The data looks like it’s going to read out some interesting information for us to start having exploratory discussions with certain cities,” Engelbert told reporters. “Make sure that we can find great ownership groups to support a WNBA team and great fan bases. So that’s why I think looking at how those cities are already supporting the WNBA, whether it’s viewership, merch sales, or other things or whether they’re supporting women’s sports or women’s college basketball are great indicators of how it would get supported if a WNBA team were to go in that market.”

If there’s any market that has proven to be successful, it’s Toronto, and with Drake’s presence and willingness to contribute, the WNBA could have a relatively easy move to the 416 if they chose to do so.

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The Best Drake Albums, Ranked

This Friday (September 3, 2021), the music world will come to a halt for Drake once again when he releases his 6th solo studio album, Certified Lover Boy. It’s his first album since 2018’s Scorpion and has been in the works for years. A couple of months ago, we put together all of the information we had for it, and you can check that out here.

When you have an artist of this magnitude, people will always be split down the middle. His biggest supporters will argue that he’s the best rapper of all time, while his harshest critics call him one of the most overrated. The truth, as it usually is, is somewhere in the middle. Either way, when CLB drops on September 3rd, the world will be tuned in.

For now, before the LP drops in just a couple of days, we thought it would be an excellent time to take a step back and look at all of the projects that led to this point. Below, we’ve ranked every single one of Drake’s albums and mixtapes (and a compilation and a playlist) from worst to best. Let us know what you think about our picks.

12. Room For Improvement

The title of Drake’s first mixtape would end up being slightly prophetic, as so much of his work is. It’s not that Room For Improvement is a bad project per se because it’s not. Some fans swear to this day that he’ll never outdo this era of music. That feels like an exaggeration, though. The raps here are raw and unpolished, and Drake was yet to stand out from the pack with his signature style. This is certainly worth a listen, though, especially ‘City Is Mine’ and his freestyle over Lupe Fiasco’s ‘Kick Push.’

11. Comeback Season

Drake’s second mixtape was in a similar lane to his first, but hints of the superstar that we’d be introduced to a couple of years later were now a little more present. Even if you haven’t sat with the 2007 mixtape from start to finish, you’ve more than likely heard ‘Replacement Girl’ with Trey Songz, which Drake credits as his first time collaborating with a star from the States. Some other guests on here that Hip-Hop heads wish Drake would have collaborated with since, like Phonte, Lil Brother, and Elzhi.

10. Dark Lane Demo Tapes

Throughout the top of 2020, Drake music was leaking very frequently. In a few months, fans had an album’s worth of leaks like ‘Not Around,’ ‘Zodiac Sign’ with Jessie Reyez, and ‘Vital.’ Drake addressed them once on Instagram Live, saying that they were all old.

The leaks ended up giving him the idea of compiling some music that he had sitting around, and the result was Dark Lane Demo Tapes. It gave loosies’ War’ and ‘Desires’ a home, gave us the final versions of ‘Deep Pockets’ and ‘From Florida With Love’ and gave fans the full version of ‘Not You Too’ and ‘Pain 1993’, which fans had been playing snippets of on repeat. The project has some gems on it, namely ‘When To Say When’ and ‘Chicago Freestyle,’ but overall, it falls short of Drake’s standard with official albums and mixtapes, which is why it’s labeled as a compilation on streaming services.

9. What A Time To Be Alive

It’s funny to remember now, but Drake’s joint mixtape with Future originally came about out of spite for Meek Mill. We were fresh off of ‘Charged Up,’ ‘Back To Back,’ and ‘Wanna Know,’ and a few months before it all on The Breakfast Club, Meek named Future as one of the only artists he listens to day-to-day. That was without a doubt a major reason that Drake decided to do What A Time To Be Alive in the first place. He is the self-proclaimed “petty king,” after all.

Naturally, many of Drake’s verses on this are sprinkled with brags about winning the beef and subtle shots, but not enough for the tape to not be relevant and playable in 2021.

The main criticisms of this project are that, at times, it feels more like a Future project with Drake features on it than a 50/50 collaboration. With that being said, ‘Digital Dash’ and ‘Diamonds Dancing’ remain standouts in either’s discography. Both of them made our recent list of the 50 best Drake songs.

8. More Life

More Life isn’t an album. It isn’t a mixtape. It isn’t even a compilation. It’s a playlist. At least, that’s what it was marketed as.

Essentially, there’s not too much difference about it structurally to a tape or compilation project. You could argue that Skepta and Sampha having their own songs on it lends itself to more of a playlist, but Drake also gave Kendrick his own song on Take Care, PARTYNEXTDOOR his own song on If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late and Majid Jordan their own song on Views.

Judging it as a piece of music, there are some great moments on here. Some of them are Drake’s energy on ‘Free Smoke’ and his upgrade from ‘Controlla’ to ‘Blem’ on here. However, the project suffers from the same thing that a couple of other projects on this list did. It’s too damn long. In all honesty, the playlist tag feels more like an excuse for not thinking so much about concepts, transitions, and themes than anything.

7. Thank Me Later

Drake entered the game with his third mixtape, So Far Gone, having an impact like a big album. While that’s the kind of thing artists pray for and fantasize about, it meant that on his actual first album, he had all of the pressures of the infamous sophomore slump.

When you look at the tracklist for Thank Me Later, the first thing you’ll notice is how star-studded it is. JAY-Z, Lil Wayne, T.I., and Alicia Keys make appearances on it, while Timbaland, Kanye West, and No I.D. are some of the producers that the L.P. boasts work from. This was entirely intentional, and it was Drizzy trying to prove to the world that a kid from Canada could not only get features from big names like this but hang with them too.

In terms of sound, TML felt like a transition from the melancholy, atmospheric vibe of So Far Gone, which was later reapproached and mastered on Take Care. It feels like Drake has been thrust into his position as a superstar and doesn’t know what to do with it.

Despite that, it’s a concise project with incredible highs like ‘Shut It Down’ and ‘Light Up.’

6. Scorpion

Until about a month before Scorpion dropped, Drake had done everything right. In response to the idea that he took smaller artists’ songs and jumped on them to take their shine, he did ‘Look Alive’ with BlocBoy JB and did the video with him. He gave away $1 million in the ‘God’s Plan’ video. He put black women on a pedestal for the ‘Nice For What’ visual. But then, the Pusha T beef hit its height.

‘The Story Of Adidon’ put pressure on Drake like we could have never imagined for someone of his magnitude. Scorpion was his answer and a direct one at that.

Somewhat controversially, Drake spent a lot of time of the Rap portion of the album talking about Pusha T and Kanye West. Some felt that it took away from the album, while others argued that it gave the music a fierce edge that was necessary.

All in all, Scorpion could have been a really great album if Drake wasn’t married to the idea of doing a double-disc. There’s just too much fat on it to place any higher on the list.

5. Views

Views is an album that was so critically acclaimed when it dropped that people put a little too much weight on its flaws, perhaps just to be contrarians. The album’s commercial success puts it in a weird space.

Drake has said that the concept of Views is inspired by the weather in Toronto, specifically the extremes of its harsh winters and scorching summers. He told Zane Lowe that the album starts off in the winter, takes us through the summer, and ends again in the winter. That feels a little bit like an afterthought to justify having some moody music and some fun records on the same project.

Either way, Drake’s fourth studio album doesn’t get the credit it deserves for doing what it did for Afrobeats and Dancehall. Whether anyone likes it or not, Drake popularised the genres for a mainstream audience, and Views encapsulates that moment perfectly with songs like ‘One Dance’ and ‘Controlla.’ We’re not sure anyone could blend a handful of genres together more smoothly than this.

4. So Far Gone

For some, as is always the case, the nostalgia of Drake’s 2009 mixtape So Far Gone means that it can never be topped.

With this project, Drake created an aura attached to Hip-Hop and R&B music from Toronto for a decade. As he poetically put it on ‘Say What’s Real,’ it marks the moment that he transitioned “from fitting into standing out.”

There are hard Rap moments like ‘Uptown’ and vulnerable gems like ‘Brand New’, and they live in harmony under the same umbrella.

3. Take Care

Drake’s sophomore album took the ‘contentious relationship with fame’ topics from Thank Me Later and mixed it with the desolation of So Far Gone. The result is the project that shaped Drake’s career and gave us an authentic glimpse of the places he could go as an artist.

Take Care is flawed only by its overly sweet moments like ‘Make Me Proud’ and ‘We’ll Be Fine’ that piece through its ambiance and even feel out of place conceptually. To Drake and 40’s credit, they acknowledged that the album was slightly too long and went out of their way to fix that for Drake’s next album.

When you talk Take Care, The Weeknd’s contribution must always be acknowledged. The singer helped Drake in some of the more ballad moments and gave up some of his own music for the project.

2. If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late

Technically a mixtape, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late came at a time when Drake had gone around a year and a half without an album and needed a sort of bridge to the already-announced Views.

Drake had always wanted to lock in with Boi-1da and do a tape full of more aggressive Rap songs, which was the perfect opportunity. We ended up with a cold project that had much more impact than Drake intended or anticipated.

IYRTITL is Drake’s second-best body of work because it’s one of his easiest to play from start to finish, and although it’s evident that part of Drake’s goal with it was to put on banger after banger without giving much thought to transitions or a larger picture, that’s also one of its gifts.

For some, this LP will always be marred by its association with Quentin Miller, but if you’re able to look past his contributions, the 2015 tape is special.

1. Nothing Was The Same

Coming off of Take Care, there was a transition taking place for Drake. He was turning from ‘the leader of the new guys’ to just one of the top rappers, his idols truly becoming his peers and rivals. He was well aware of the perception that he was the #1 rapper on the planet in 2013, and he owned it, no pun intended.

Nothing Was The Same’s title even alludes to the fact, as does a lot of its content. “Fuck all that ‘happy to be here’ shit that y’all want me on, I’m the big homie,” he acknowledges on ‘Paris Morton Music 2’.

It helped that he was coming off of a fight with Chris Brown, and tension with Kendrick Lamar was already building. ‘The Language’ sees Drake dismiss the Compton MC entirely, singing, “I don’t know why they been lying, but your shit is not that inspiring.” He was stepping up to the plate, unapologetically so.

More than anything, NWTS is the project that it felt like Drake and 40 had been trying to make up until that point. The rapper talked about correcting the mistakes of Take Care where two good songs could have been one song and intentionally capping himself to 13 tracks. It paid off.

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The 50 Best Drake Songs Of All Time

In his 12-and-a-half-year career since signing with Young Money in February of 2009, Drake has gone from an unlikely success to the biggest rapper on the planet. Even after his surge, he was being counted out with people saying his days were numbered and it turned out that he hadn’t even hit his peak.

He’s gearing up to release his new album Certified Lover Boy any week now and before then, we’ve compiled a list of the 50 best Drake songs up to this point. Check out the list below and let us know if you think we missed anything out.

1. ‘0 To 100 / The Catch Up’

“I’m the rookie and the vet” was really the best way to describe Drake at this point in his career. This song marks the transition from the humble, melancholy rising star to the person with the crown in Hip-Hop who was unapologetic about being the man.

2. ‘5AM In Toronto’

The sequel to ‘9AM In Dallas’, ‘5AM In Toronto’ was the most ruthless display of Drake’s rapping at the point that it was released. He threw shots at Chris Brown and a slew of others that haven’t been confirmed to this day.

3. ‘9AM In Dallas’

This one captures the moment of Drake’s first album so perfectly. It dropped the week of his debut releasing and fans have always argued that it deserved a key spot on the actual LP.

4. ‘Back To Back’

We’re glad that Drake broke his promise of “diss me and you’ll never hear a reply to it”, because ‘Back To Back’ gave us one of the better diss records of all time. Drake dismantled Meek in a way that came as a surprise to even his biggest fans.

5. ‘Blem’

‘Blem’ feels like ‘Controlla’ on steroids and is the best showing of Drake in this lane. It feels like a timeless summer record. If you’ve never heard Drake’s dubplate of it, that’s worth hearing too.

6. ‘Bria’s Interlude’

‘Bria’s Interlude’ marked the start of one of the more underrated series in Hip-Hop that was continued when ‘Cece’s Interlude’ and ‘Jorja’s Interlude’. This one stands out from the bunch because of its atmosphere and a great showing from Omarion.

7. ‘Cameras / Good Ones Go Interlude’

One of the better cuts on Take Care, Drake juxtaposes two sounds here incredibly well. ‘Cameras’ hits hard and has a bassline that drowns the listener while ‘Good Ones Go’ feels like a ballad.

8. ‘Club Paradise’

It’s a wonder why ‘Club Paradise’ never ended up on Take Care. The supporting tour was even named after it. Either way, we’re just grateful that the song came out at all and it found a home on Care Package eventually.

9. ‘Connect’

This song is best described by a story that Drake told about it where the person who cut the baseball sample at the beginning of the track asked him in the studio what genre he was creating with this song. Swanging.

10. ‘Controlla’

For some, the version of ‘Controlla’ that ended up on VIEWS will always feel like a disappointment because of Popcaan being left off of it, but the melodies are so infectious that it deserves a spot on this list anyway.

11. ‘Days In The East’

‘Days In The East’ is arguably a showcase of what Drake does best. It sees him crooning over an ex, Rihanna in this case, and a beat switch around the halfway mark allows him to pour his heart out.

12. ‘Diamonds Dancing’

‘Diamonds Dancing’ is one of the two best moments to come from Drake and Future’s collaborative mixtape from 2015. The story of the song is the outro which is classic Drake and sees him at his most vulnerable.

13. ‘Digital Dash’

This is the other best moment from that tape. Drake has talked about how this song was originally presented to him as a solo Future song and a finished product before he had to find his way on it. Future is the star here.

14. ‘Diplomatic Immunity’

Some of the best songs in Drake’s discography are those that feel like a status update from him in the form of one long verse and ‘Diplomatic Immunity’ is one of those. The beat is haunting and is matched with one-liners like “Billboard Awards, I claimed 13 out in Vegas like Sureños”.

15. ‘Dreams Money Can Buy’

This song came out in the summer of 2011 and was our first taste of Take Care, although it never ended up on there. ‘Dreams Money Can Buy’ was the perfect introduction to not only an era, but an aura.

16. ‘Duppy Freestyle’

Due to the hype behind ‘The Story Of Adidon’, ‘Duppy Freestyle’ often gets shunned in Rap discussions but it was arguably the better constructed diss track, impact aside. Highlights include the “microphone of yours” line and his line about Pusha having “no malice”.

17. ‘Fear’

“I think they call this, um, venting” was the perfect tagline for an entire era of Drake before we even knew it. ‘Fear’ appeared on the So Far Gone EP and was such an honest introspection into Drake when he was in his early 20s that it almost makes you feel like you could relate.

18. ‘Feel No Ways’

There was a running joke for a time that OVO Sound was just Drake’s personal hit factory and that he would take his artist’s best songs for himself. That was never true, but like a great artist, Drake does borrow from his peers, and ‘Feel No Ways’ is a great example of Drake trying and killing Majid Jordan’s sound.

19. ‘Free Smoke’

The intro to 2017’s More Life, ‘Free Smoke’ kicks off the project with an intensity that Drake carries so well. Drake’s energy is what it’s all about.

20. ‘Free Spirit’

When many were disappointed by his debut album, ‘Free Spirit’ was one of the indicators that Drake had leveled up for his sophomore effort. It was also the first time that Drake and Ross did a record together alone and their chemistry shines.

21. ‘Hold On, We’re Going Home’

It’s hard to imagine now, but when this single was first premiered, it didn’t even sound like a Drake song at all. His vocals were higher than we’d generally heard and it felt like a new genre for him. He made ‘Hold On, We’re Going Home’ so it could be played at weddings decades from now.

22. ‘I Get Lonely’

Perhaps this choice is controversial because it’s a cover of TLC’s ‘FanMail’, but it’s so well written by Dallas Austin and performed by Drake that it deserves a place. Drake called it a nod to the legendary group and the song was originally the first release from It’s Never Enough, an R&B mixtape that never saw the light of day.

23. ‘Is There More’

The outro to the a-side of Drake’s 2018 album Scorpion, ‘Is There More’ is the perfect conclusion to the LP. On it, Drake ponders how much there is to his lifestyle and reflects on his position in life.

24. ‘Jaded’

‘Jaded’ is a standout R&B record of Drake’s career. The bass pierces through the eerie instrumental and on it, especially the second verse, Drake sounds genuinely scatter-brained and like he is failing to come to terms with the end of the relationship.

25. ‘Jodeci Freestyle’

‘Jodeci Freestyle’ was released in the summer of 2013 along with the ‘Versace’ remix, ‘Over Here’ and ‘The Motion’. It was a great prequel to Nothing Was The Same because he sound braggadocious on it and he brought out the same energy from J. Cole. We’ll take more collaborations from the pair, please.

26. ‘Light Up’

Before it dropped, Drake called this song with JAY-Z the second part to ‘Forever’ and while the star power of the collaboration is up there, ‘Light Up’ stands on its own two legs. Drake is the starry-eyed rapper who’s finally talking tough and Hov is the OG who gives Drizzy advice that later became very fruitful.

27. ‘Look What You’ve Done’

On a personal album, ‘Look What You’ve Done’ is maybe the most personal song. He dedicates the first and second verses to his mother and uncle respectively with an outro from his late grandmother that it’s okay to shed a tear to.

28. ‘Lord Knows’

The second Drake and Ross collaboration on this list, ‘Lord Knows’ is a showcase of both artists over vintage, grand-sounding Just Blaze production. Drake in particular steps up to the plate, with a signature verse where he responds to those criticizing him for showing emotions very cleverly.

29. ‘Lose You’

‘Lose You’ came at a turning point in Drake’s career when he had just mended things with Kanye West and was still coming off of the Meek Mill beef. The standout part of the song is when he reflects on his life before the fame and points out the dichotomy between both lifestyles.

30. ‘Marvins Room’

All Drake has to do is play the voicemail at the start of this song at shows for fans to go crazy. It wasn’t even meant to be on Take Care, but ended up a timeless record.

31. ‘Mob Ties’

Though the Rap side of Scorpion got criticized for being too much about the Pusha T and Kanye West feud, ‘Mob Ties’ was an anthem that deserved the credit it got.

32. ‘No Tellin’’

‘No Tellin’’ boasts one of the best beat switch moments of Drake’s career and adds a necessary softer layer to that first portion of If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late.

33. ‘Paris Morton Music’

The sequel gets a lot of praise because it’s on the same track as a song with JAY-Z, but the first ‘Paris Morton Music’ is the superior of the two. And yes, Paris is a real person!

34. ‘Sandra’s Rose’

‘Sandra’s Rose’ marked Drizzy’s first time working with DJ Premier and the moment lived up to expectations. As he put it himself, “n*ggas want a classic, that’s just ten of these”.

35. ‘Say What’s Real’

Over Kanye West’s ‘Say You Will’, Drake spit some of the realest bars of his career and made Ye’s 808s & Heartbreak production feel like it was tailormade for him.

36. ‘Shut It Down’

It’s a shame that Drake and The-Dream will likely never work with each other again because ‘Shut It Down’ from 2010’s Thank Me Later is a real treat from the two and one of Drake’s smoother singing cuts.

37. ‘Signs’

‘Signs’ never found its way onto a Drake project so it went under the radar for many, but the song premiered as part of a Louis Vuitton fashion show and felt like a summer smash with staying power.

38. ‘Star67’

If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late is mostly remembered for being Rap heavy but there were some great singing moments on it and this is one of them. The song is layered and sees Drake reminiscing, which is what he does best.

39. ‘Summer Sixteen’

‘Summer Sixteen’ premiered on an episode of OVO Sound Radio back when it was on Beats 1 Radio and was a moment. It felt like Drake’s conclusion to the Meek beef.

40. ‘The Calm’

Drake had just had a family argument when he angrily linked up with 40 and wrote the bars for this song. It explains the choppy flow and short bars.

41. ‘The Motion’

This was Drake and Sampha’s first collaboration before ‘Too Much’ and it set the bar high. Drake hits the marks he does best, being the man and looking back on an old relationship.

42. ‘The Ride’

On the outro to his second album, Drake did an impressive job of relaying his lavish lifestyle to the average listener. Over croons from The Weeknd, he talks about not being able to fly regularly and dating the women he was warned about, something we can only aspire to.

43. ‘Too Much’

If you’re as big of a fan of this song as we are, the live performance of it on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon before it dropped is must-watch content.

44. ‘Trust Issues’

This is just something that Drake threw out in 2011 in the leadup to Take Care, but it grew to be a fan favorite. Artists like Justin Bieber and The Weeknd remixed it and of course, some of the same lyrics made their way onto DJ Khaled’s ‘I’m On One’.

45. ‘Tuscan Leather’

The intro to Nothing Was The Same features not one, but two beat switches for Drake to do his thing over. Each portion of the beat samples the same Whitney Houston song differently.

46. ‘Two Birds, One Stone’

Perhaps in hindsight, this song will be remembered for being what set off the latest version of the Pusha and Drake beef because this is what Pusha responded to on ‘Infrared’, but the song deserves praise irrespective of it. The man said he did chin ups on the bar he set for himself.

47. ‘Weston Road Flows’

On an album that was criticized for not living up to expectations, ‘Weston Road Flows’ is Drake in his comfort zone, making us feel like we know him in the span of a few minutes. We love the KD shoutout too.

48. ‘When To Say When’

It’s tough to sample something as iconic as JAY-Z’s ‘Song Cry’ for your own song and hold your own, but that’s what Drake did on ‘When To Say When’. Note the “certified lover man” nod to his future album before we knew that that was the title.

49. ‘Wu-Tang Forever’

‘Wu-Tang Forever’ isn’t as gangsta as people feel a song with that name should be and that’s exactly why Drake called it that. The song is called that because of his repetition of “it’s yours” in the chorus. The way he blends his rapping and singing on this might be unmatched.

50. ‘Up All Night’

We’ve all listened out for Drake’s breath and tried to time us rapping “kush rolled, glass full, I prefer the better things” with him at some point or another. Drake and Nicki have a few collaborations in the bag, but this early one takes the cake for us.

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The 52 Best Drake Features

Who’s the first rapper/singer you think of when the phrase “HE DON’T MISS!” comes to mind? It can be no one other than Toronto, Canada’s very own Drake. The man went from starring in the lowkey fire series Degrassi: The Next Generation to blossoming into one of the biggest stars in all of music. Everyone knows that when you get a feature from the “Champagne Papi” himself, that song will most likely rocket up the charts and become an even better listen because of it. There’s a seemingly endless lineup of tracks that feature a memorable “Drizzy Drake” feature, but we managed to shorten that list down to 52. So without further ado, here are the very best Drake features of all time.

1. ‘Stay Schemin’ with Rick Ross and French Montana

Drake came ready for war as he arrived with plenty of lyrical ammunition for his haters. He especially had a whole lot of energy for Common, who he was beefing with at the time. Drake’s verse on here is extra combative, which is just how we like it. Rick Ross’ Kobe adlib and Drake’s furious vitriol for his adversaries easily make this track an unforgettable banger.

2. ‘Amen’ with Meek Mill

This pre-Meek Mill and Drake beef recorded track flips a familiar Sunday Service tune. And it still slaps to this very day. Drake provided this song with a verse that’s all about the many blessings afforded to him and his loved ones. He also provided a bit of his signature shit-talking with one of the best lines of the song – “Talking bout these other rappers getting old is even getting old.”

3. ‘No Guidance’ with Chris Brown

For some reason, Drake has a penchant for recording some really good music with artists he once hated. After patching things up, he and Chris Brown decided to hop in the studio and provide this sultry R&B tune. The video makes this song even better, by the way! Anyway, Drake taps into his sing-songy vibes as he lovingly describes a special lady in his life that definitely “got it.”

4. ‘Going Bad’ with Meek Mill

This song arrived after Meek Mill and Drake’s beef got left to the wayside. The grown men talk on this tune is inspiring and so is the video that has a bunch of powerful figures in it suited up to perfection. Both rappers flex their mass success here and provide verses full of poignant lines. Drake’s braggadocious style matches the tone of this track wonderfully as he goes “I got more slaps than The Beatles (Beatles)/Foreign shit runnin’ on diesel, dawg/Playin’ with my name, this shit is lethal, dawg.”

5. ‘Work’ with Rihanna

Drake’s undying affection for Ri-Ri comes through every time the both of them are onscreen. While the lovable songstress sings about wanting a deeper connection with her love interest, Drake is only interested in the types of activities that happen underneath the sheets. His verse immaculately breaks down those sentiments and showcases the immense chemistry that both artists have developed over the years.

6. ‘Aston Martin Music’ with Rick Ross and Chrisette Michele

The smoother the track, the better whenever Rick Ross and Drake link up. The name of this track is pretty much directions as it’s letting the listener know that it’s perfect for a two-seater with your current lady. Drake does double duty here as he provides a smooth hook alongside Chrisette Michele and a verse that’s still one of his very best. “I never threw away that paper with my Grammy speech/Because I haven’t hit the pinnacles I plan to reach.” How prophetic.

7. ‘Moment 4 Life’ with Nicki Minaj

Young Money era Drake was and still is a whole vibe. You can tell the man was hungry and always ready to show the world how much of a prime lyricist he could be. On this Nicki Minaj-helmed hit single, Drake delivered a celebratory verse that showed love to his team and the man that brought him into the game. And remember, folks – ‘Cause everybody dies, but not everybody lives.” Now that’s a quotable to live by!

8. ‘Seeing Green’ with Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne

You can never go wrong when this Young Money/Cash Money trio goes bar for bar on the very same song. In the case of this song, Drake easily stood out as the person with the best verse of ‘em all. What we get from a more seasoned version of Drake here are some major boasts about his career and his riches, plus a fun lil’ verbal break beforehand that produces a line worth living by – “You know, one of the perils of makin’ money is you can afford to be dramatic.” FIRE!

9. ‘Forever’ with Kanye West, Lil Wayne, and Eminem

Do you know what’s funny? No one can probably tell you the name of the documentary this song is meant for, but they can damn sure tell you the whole lineup of MCs featured on it. Kanye West, Lil Wayne, and Eminem all came through with incredible verses. And thankfully, so did Drake. Alongside his lyrical workout, Drake also provided a chorus that has the power to inspire anyone to pursue their dreams.

10. ‘Believe Me’ with Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne and Drake usually come together like a championship tag team and dominate any track they hop on. On this early cut featuring the two, Drizzy Drake spoke on the immense potential he showed during his start in the industry and his proud mentor. His masterful verse truly embodies his love for Wayne and how much of a loyal YMCMB soldier he was always willing to be.

11. ‘BedRock’ with Young Money

The late 2000s run of Young Money is the stuff of legend. Lil Wayne signed a bunch of promising artists that started strong as a collective. Their opening salvo of posse cuts was certainly radio-friendly and catchy as all hell. This lovey-dovey single let Drake rap about his special someone with a short and sweet verse that matched the vibes of everyone featured on it.

12. ‘Poetic Justice’ with Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar’s first album is considered a classic and for good reason – it tells the story of Kendrick’s California upbringing via strong production, great features, and K-Dot’s immense lyrical skill. When it came time to speak to the ladies on that album, Drake arrived with a very worthwhile assist. Anytime Drake drops a bunch of fly lines about his latest female infatuation, you know it’s gonna be a good time. And that’s definitely the case here.

13. ‘F**kin’ Problems’ with A$AP Rocky, 2 Chainz, and Kendrick Lamar

Do you guys wanna talk about a great all-star hip-hop cut? Then you gotta mention this fun-loving ode to stunting with a vengeance and having an addiction to the finest of ladies. Drake stepped up to the plate to deliver a home run of a verse that saw him take aim at his rivals and make it clear that he’s willing to “upgrade” his main squeeze at any cost. “I will pay to make it bigger, I don’t pay for no reduction.”

14. ‘Walk It Talk It’ with Migos

The Soul Train vibes that were on full display in the music video for this track truly bring it to life. And once Drake joins the famous “Soul Train Line” to show off his fly footwork, hilarity ensues. But his verse is no laughing matter – Drake provides some momentous bars about ignoring needless beefs, vibing with the Migos, and always staying in his zone.

15. ‘No Frauds’ with Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne

The Three GOATs of YMCMB came together once again here and produced quite the lyrical assault. Nicki Minaj takes aim at Remy Ma, while Lil Wayne and Drake speak on the highs & lows of their respective careers. Once again, Drake takes MVP honors via his game-winning verse. When someone literally describes the sound of their net worth, you can’t help but feel every bit of that grand proclamation.

16. ‘Sicko Mode’ with Travis Scott

The opening salvo unleashed by Drake here clues you into just how legendary this track will be. The main star featured on this banger gets plenty of time to enter into a higher form of excellence, of course. But Drake gets to slide over two fire instrumentals and damn near take the song for his own. You’ll be left wanting a full version of the beat held up by Drake at the very start of this song every time. But at least you’ll still leave satisfied thanks to his second verse. Never forget, folks – “Checks over Stripes.”

17. ‘Every Girl’ with Young Money

In retrospect, this song has some facepalm-worthy cornball lyrics. Luckily, that’s not the case when Drake pulls up to provide his flirtatious second verse. Young Drizzy harps on his special lady having trouble fitting her immense exterior into some jeans, all the ladies he’s forgotten the names of, and asks a very important question – “Are any of y’all into girls like I am? Les-be-honest!”

18. ‘Pop That’ with French Montana, Rick Ross, and Lil Wayne

French Montana knows just who to call when it’s time to produce a track that will dominate the clubs and get a dizzying amount of radio plays. Uncle Luke’s “I Wanna Rock” lays the foundation for this twerking anthem and gives French, Ricky Rozay, Weezy F. Baby, and Drizzy Drake the perfect opportunity to spit some party-friendly bars. Drake’s verse easily commanded the most attention and showcased his swaggiest persona to date, which is “Champagne Papi.”

19. ‘Blessings’ with Big Sean and Kanye West

Gratitude should always be your best attitude. That’s clearly the motto here when Big Sean, Kanye West, and Drake come together for a song that counts their many blessings. Drake makes it clear that he and his crew on this song aren’t making a return & never left, plus he eloquently speaks on those failed individuals that don’t do a whole lot but sure have a lot to say. When he said “I am just worried ‘bout my mama worrying less,” we definitely felt that!

20. ‘Who Do You Love?’ with YG

When Drake links up with West Coast rap artists, greatness ensues. He and YG came together like Voltron here to speak on the immense clout they both possess. Once YG gets done flaunting his power, Drake follows up by doing the same via a fire verse. His whole “too big” diatribe still sticks out in our mind for all the right reasons – “And my name too big and my gang too big/Young Money shit, me and Lil Wayne too big/I’ma crush that ass even if it ain’t too big/I would pinky swear but my pinky ring too big.”

21. ‘No New Friends’ with Lil Wayne and Rick Ross

“No new friends, no new friends/No new friends, no, no new.” That single quotable had everyone and their grandmother screaming it out and living by it through the spring and summer months of 2013. Drake provided that life-changing line, but he also made sure to supply this DJ Khaled-helmed anthem with a memorable verse. That familiar OVO Sound came through heavy here thanks to Drake’s short yet sweet lyrical exercise. “F**k her on the floor ‘fore we make it to the bed/That’s what yo’ ass really call started from the bottom.” Well damn, Drake!

22. ‘What’s My Name?’ with Rihanna

Do you know what the world needs right about now? More Rihanna and Drake songs. If we’re going to get any closer to world peace, then they both need to head into the studio and record another ode to love together. Songs like this one are proof that their musical chemistry is undeniable. The way he mentions a mathematical equation and immediately segues into some flirty bars on this song is nothing short of amazing.

23. ‘Un-Thinkable (I’m Ready)’ (Remix) with Alicia Keys

Drake arrived on this Alicia Keys gem to give us the best of both worlds, which is his lyrical dexterity and his soft-spoken singing. His bars about fearing a life where he hasn’t met that special one, searching for a woman with substance, and doing the unthinkable for that special lady still resonates years after he spit them. And his soulful vocals alongside Alicia sound oh so wonderful.

24. ‘Love Me’ with Lil’ Wayne and Future

As long as the ladies in these three men’s lives love them, then there’s simply nothing else to care about in this world. That message comes across loud and clear thanks to the combined efforts of this three-man superteam. Drake helps magnify this track’s catchy chorus by joining in alongside Future, which was an early glimpse into the magic both men would eventually create years later.

25. ‘Family Feud’ with Lil Wayne

When Drake starts going in on this track, he speaks on all the biggest issues and feuds that went on at the time. As a very topical song, this remix of the quality Jay-Z original proves to be an incredible lyrical time capsule. Drake makes it clear that solutions need to be made in order to prosper, but things can still be handled on wax if the situation calls for it. Lil Wayne’s verse is equally amazing here, by the way.

26. ‘Versace’ (Remix) with Migos

Drake slid right into the all-powerful Migos flow as if it was always embedded into his rapper DNA. It’s impressive how much he manages to sound like the fourth unofficial member of the Atlanta trio. “I’m tryna give Halle Berry a baby and no one can stop me (smash!)” Drake verses and Migos ad-libs go together like fine wine and aged cheese. We need more collabs like this ASAP!

Honorable Mentions
27. ‘No Lie’ with 2 Chainz

28. ‘Shit’ with Future and Juicy J

29. ‘Gold Roses’ with Rick Ross

30. ‘Used to This’ with Future

31. ‘Where Ya At’ with Future

32. ‘Truffle Butter’ with Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne

33. ‘Girls Need Love’ (Remix) with Summer Walker

34. ‘Come Closer’ with WizKid

35. ‘No Stylist’ with French Montana

36. ‘Oprah’s Bank Account’ with Lil Yachty and DaBaby

37. ‘Look Alive’ with BlockBoy JB

38. ‘Never Recover’ with Lil Baby and Gunna

39. ‘Big Amount’ with 2 Chainz

40. ‘Both’ with Gucci Mane

41. ‘Yes Indeed’ with Lil Baby

42. ‘I’m On One’ with DJ Khaled, Lil Wayne, and Rick Ross

43. ‘Having Our Way’ with Migos

44. ‘100’ with The Game

45. ‘Life is Good’ with Future

46. ‘Say Something’ with Timbaland

47. ‘Mine’ with Beyonce

48. ‘Recognize’ with PARTYNEXTDOOR

49. ‘Money to Blow’ with Birdman and Lil Wayne

50. ‘Only You (Freestyle)’ with Headie One

51. ‘Tuesday’ with iLoveMakonnen

52. ‘No Complaints’ with Offset