Best Drake Songs – Rolling Stone

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God’s 6 best moments, from global club smashes to dark late-night confessionals, from killer freestyles to legendary collabs and beyond

It’s not hard to find 100 Drake songs worth compiling into a list of his best work. In a time when rappers drop multiple albums/mixtapes/”projects”/whatever in a calendar year, the Toronto artist also known as Aubrey Drake Graham has been as prolific as anyone. On November 4, it will be released His loss, a full collaboration with the Atlanta rapper via London 21 Savage. This is his third project in just over 12 months, after Certified Lover from September 2021, and Honestly it doesn’t matter last June. There’s a surplus of material and more than a few standouts to enjoy.

Still, some rap fans tired of hearing about the 6 God are going to complain: Why does Drake need more shine? Since scoring his first Billboard Top 2 with “Best I Ever Had” in 2009, it is omnipresent, as essential as the weather. Just as his incredible chart success has earned him pop ubiquity, he’s fueled a chorus of naysayers who won’t accept him as one of the greatest, whether among past heroes such as Jay -Z and Lil Wayne, or current icons like Kendrick Lamar, Future and Young Thug. His tabloid romances with women both famous and relatively unknown, his memorable videos, and his very public and ostentatious display of wealth all seem to distract from serious discussion and, yes, appreciation of his music.

If a list like this can accomplish anything, it’s to refocus attention on his art. Its catalog can be thematically narrow, revolving around familiar stories of growing up in Canada, stomping in home studios in search of a distinctive sound, and achieving instant global fame with all the problems this causes. But it’s a rich sonic tapestry. There are stark differences between “Find Your Love” and “Passionfruit,” two songs on which he memorably exploded the concept of the rapper as a crooner. His verbal techniques and vocal cadences on “Energy” are more sophisticated than earlier cuts such as “Headlines.” And while his portraits of women remain a work in progress, there is a distinct growth from the paternalism of “Houstatlantavegas” to the exuberant celebration of female perseverance that is “Nice for What.”

Even the most hardened rap nerd will concede that “Crew Love” was a moment, and “Jumpman” sounds great when pushed all the way to 11 in an arena; some might even admit they retweeted a “Hotline Bling” inspired meme. Maybe Drake has been so successful, whether it’s the Billboard genre or simply songs that have marked the culture, that it is easy to confuse them all together. After all, he’s arguably the unofficial streaming king who seemingly reigns all year from June to June, as GZA once rapped. But it’s worth sifting through the wheat of Drake’s career and determining which songs are flawed gems, shining diamonds, or drafts that led to better tracks. Almost 20 years after the release of his first mixtape, Room for improvementit’s time to dig deeper.

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