If you’re like me, you may be a tad disappointed with Drake’s long awaited “Views”.
I’m all about the Drake fire. You know, those tracks he puts out to remind everyone that he is, in fact, a rapper. Everything in between (especially on ‘Views’…) is Drake’s soft side. But I stick around for the fire because it’s too hot to miss. Really makes me wonder what his MO is. Does he prefer singing but feels he needs his rap to validate him? Maybe he knows he would go stale without it. Either way, listed below are the 5 Drake tracks that will get any fan hyped. So you will not find “Hold On, We’re Going Home” or “Hotline Bling” on this list.
Quick Disclaimer: These are not Drake’s best songs, these are his hottest songs, the times when he really went it. Big distinction.
By the way, if you are a fan and have not heard of one ore more of these, get on it quick! It just may be your new favorite
5. You Can Thank Me Now
“Thank me later, yeah I know what I said…”
“Mahalo from the hardest act to follow” starts off this masterpiece from “Thank Me Later”. Mahalo meaning a thank you (in Hawaiian) to his fans; hardest act to follow meaning Drake.
A lot of the OG Drake fans will tell you this album was Drake at his finest. I disagree (A Take Care Man myself) but there is no denying that this song is hot. It’s got everything you could want from Drake. Top-notch flow, clever double meanings, and personal telling’s from our favorite Canadian rapper.
It comes at an interesting time in Drake’s career, and his message could not be any clearer. He knows that at the time he is killing it. But Drake is a smart man. He knows what is here today may not be there tomorrow. (‘It’s Been A Pleasure’ alludes to this as well). So since later doesn’t always come for rappers, you can thank him now!
Of course, looking back we now we see that Drake had nothing to fear. We’ve been thanking him for years now. The again, maybe if it wasn’t for his awareness of the game, he would have become another fly by night rapper… Where you at ‘Troop 41’???
You make friends with Mike but got to A.I. him for your survival
Perfect illustration of his feelings in the industry using past NBA greats. Who knows who he think the “Mike” is in the rap game, but we know Drake sees himself as the Allen Iverson. He’ll respect you. But come game time get ready for the cross-up!
But drink up, cause everyone here is good tonight. Except the n****s that I came with, they good for life
No explanation needed. Amazing. #NoNewFriends
And the bandwagon’s full but you can try to run behind it, I’m sorry
My usual response to Drake haters
4. Under Ground Kings
“Take my crown to the grave…”
This just may be my favorite Drake song of all time. And of course, it comes from my favorite Drake album, ‘Take Care’
Is it just my nostalgia or is this track alone miles ahead of ‘Views’ in it’s entirety?? Songs like this made me a fan. I was convinced Drake was the realest in the game; and at the time he was. With a solid hook and hard beat Drake get’s into his past life as well as his current troubles. Talking about dropping out of school, listening to Wayne with his crew before they ever met, and learning what was important to him (even if it was girls and money). No nonsense lyrics on this track.
I’m the greatest man, I said that before I knew I was
Literally Drake’s career in a nutshell
And every pretty girl tell me that’s the shit that she like, so why am I in class if this is who I’m trying to be like
Can’t argue with that logic. Straight forward explanation as to why he dropped out and damn it’s hard to argue with. Simplistic reasoning to a complex decision. Man I love Drake.
That was back in the days, Acura days. I was a cold dude, I’m getting back to my ways
No idea what his old ways were, but you gotta admit the delivery on this line is top notch
3. Lord Knows
It’s your worst nightmare, it’s my first night here…
So this song features Rick Ross but it should go without saying, we ain’t talking about that part
The first verse of this song just may be the best verse in hip-hop since the 2000’s began. He puts it all on the track here and his flow is impeccable. If you like hearing Drake get personal on the record then this one has to be a favorite.
I wonder if they’d ever survive in this era, in a time where it’s recreation to pull all your skeletons out the closet like Halloween decorations
10/10. Would Nas and Biggie thrive as well in our “no privacy” era? A good point brought on by Drake with an perfect metaphor capturing what the skeleton means to the entertainer, and what it means to the paparazzi
Bought a white Ghost, now shit is gettin’ spooky. Very, very scary, like shit you see in the movies
Uh-oh. Drake is still making money. You guys scared yet?
Know that I don’t make music for n****s that don’t get pussy, so those are the ones I count on to diss me or overlook me
Don’t like his music about love and girls? Maybe it’s because you don’t like love and girls. Perfect response to the haters
2. Back to Back
“Oh man, not again…”
I was almost (almost) losing faith in Drake until this one dropped. My excitement for ‘Views’ was reignited. Even though it’s not exactly what we got more of
As everyone knows, Drake pulled this one out in the midst of ghost writing allegations and a beef with Meek Mills. He addresses both but clearly focused on the latter. Any doubts that Drake is the hottest rapper in the game should have been removed after this one. I was playing this one back-to-back-to-back-again after I first heard it. Seriously, this is high quality stuff and all for a diss track? Amazing. RIP Meek.
Yeah, trigger fingers turn to twitter fingers, Yeah, you gettin’ bodied by a singin’ n****
Is that a world your or your girl’s tour?
Got em’ again!
Seen what you do for fame, what would you do for freedom?
Powerful… Once again, RIP Meek
1. 5AM in Toronto
To me, this is the obvious number 1 if we’re talking about Drake spittin’ fire. If you haven’t heard it (and I’m learning this song is more unknown than I thought) you must give this a listen ASAP!
Drake reminds everyone, with proof, that he is the king of rap. Nothing else for me to say on this one
You underestimated greatly, most number ones ever how long did it really take me?
Answer: 2 years
I could load every gun with bullets that fire backwards, you probably wouldn’t lose a single rapper
In this scenario, even though the shooter would be dying, the trigger would never be pulled as Drake is too valuable to this industry
Give these n*****s the look, the verse, and even the hook, that’s why every song sounds like Drake featuring Drake
So true you- can’t help but giggle at this line. The man’s voice sells records, no one can deny it.
Making this list made me realize this should have been a top 10 list. So many tracks I feel should be here, but there isn’t the room. Will have to make a revision eventually. I’ll keep listening ‘Views’ and hope it grows on me. If i’m lucky it will be even harder to make the list next time around.