We break down the top 5 Drake albums.
Honorable Mention. Scorpion
“Scorpion” didn’t age well, but if you look back at the album, it’s easily one of Drake’s most impressive.
Do y’all remember that Scorpion was a two-disc project? Yes, Scorpion has two parts, and both are pretty average. That said, this album has some of Drake’s biggest hits. We’re talking “Nonstop,” “In My Feelings,” “Nice For What,” “God’s Plan,” and “Ratchet Happy Birthday” (I’m joking about “Ratchet Happy Birthday.” No one likes that song). Though I don’t quite love how the album flows (It kind of moves along randomly), I do love how Drake gets personal in it occasionally, opening up about being a brand-new father and more. If I were to guess, this was an important project for him.
Do y’all remember that Michael Jackson is on this album?
Favorite Tracks: “Mob Ties,” “Nonstop,” “In My Feelings,” “God’s Plan.”
“Views” is easily Drake’s most experimental album.
Some of the reasons Drake is a global artist now is because what he did in Views. The 6 GOD dabbled in Afropop on “One Dance,” reggae in “Controlla,” and slight Ampiano in “Too Good.” At the same time, he dropped a pop smash hit in “Hotline Bling” and punchy rap tracks like “Pop Style.” This album was all about having fun and experimenting.
Favorite Tracks: “Controlla,” “One Dance,” “Too Good,” and “Hotline Bling.”
4. Thank Me Later
Later came, and I still didn’t thank any damn body.
There’s nothing like a debut album, right? This is the one that sets the tone for an artist. If you f**k it up, you have an uphill battle to climb. While I wouldn’t call Thank Me Later a masterpiece, I believe it showed the world just how big Drizzy Drake Rogers could be (Remember, y’all were calling him that back then). The album boasts major features (Jay-Z, T.I., Alicia Keys, Lil Wayne, and more), super duper commercial bangers like “Over” and “Find Your Love,” and a bunch of cheesy records like “Shut It Down” and “Fancy.” I won’t be returning to this album anytime soon, but I do appreciate that it confirmed Drake would be in the spotlight for a long damn time.
Favorite Tracks: “Show Me A Good Time,” “Find Your Love,” “Over,” and “Miss Me.”
3. Nothing Was The Same
“Nothing Was The Same” feels like the Warriors’ forgotten championships with Kevin Durant.
It just feels like Nothing Was The Same didn’t happen, right? No one says it’s their favorite album or brings up any songs from it. But I’m telling you now, Nothing Was The Same is a very good album. I love how it flows and how Drake seamlessly merges his whole singing-rapping thing. I also think his most intricate melodies and hooks are featured on it. This album isn’t about hits; it’s about depth and rebelliousness!
Favorite tracks: “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” “Started From The Bottom,” “Too Much,” and “Connect.”
2. If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late
This is easily my favorite Drake album.
Do you know why you don’t f**k with If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late? Because of the controversy it garnered. Remember, after it came out, Meek Mill leaked information to the public that Quentin Miller did some writing on the album. After that, people sort of disregarded the album. Well, I’m here to tell you that this s**t is fire.
If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late features a version of Drake that I think is cold, ready for smoke, slightly Jamaican, and competitive. Instead of hitting us with smiley duets with Rihanna, he gives us cold-ass bangers like “10 Bands,” which insinuates he was in the kitchen cooking white with Jeezy and them. If you are a fan of asshole Drake, this is the album where he was born.
Favorite Tracks: “Know Yourself,” “10 Bands,” “Energy,” “Jungle.”
1. Take Care
“Take Care” might be the only classic album under Drake’s belt…
Thank Me Later not hitting as it should have was probably the biggest blessing for Drake’s career. Why? Because it made him sound hungry as hell in his follow-up album, Take Care.
Walahi, every single track on Take Care is good. Looking at the tracklisting, the worst track might be “Practice,” and even that s**t has over 200 million views on Spotify. In my opinion, Drake doesn’t focus on hammering out hits on this album; he focuses on hammering out good music; the result is a body of work with crisp raps, the perfect balance between rapping and singing, and perfect features (I think the guest appearances on Thank Me Later are atrocious). Don’t be surprised if jits in 2034 sample the hell out of the songs from this album.
Favorite Tracks: “HYFR (Hell Yeah Fucking Right),” “Crew Love,” “Marvin’s Room,” and “Shot For Me”
Quincy is the creator of Ratings Game Music. He loves writing about music, taking long walks on beaches, and spaghetti that fights him back.