* Drake’s “Scorpion” in stores now
* “Scorpion” is the most streamed album on both Spotify and Apple Music
* Look back at the rapper’s discography
From his infamous romances (we’re looking at you RiRi, J-Lo, Nicki Minaj) to dodging shade from Pusha T, to confirming he is indeed a father, Drake has come a long way from his young Degrassi days.
He started from the bottom and now he’s breaking all sorts of records. His latest album, “Scorpion” dropped last summer and earned the most streams of any album ever in its very first week, on both Spotify and Apple Music.
To celebrate Champagne Papi, we sifted through his previous albums and ranked them from worst to best.
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8. Views (2016)
Although the album is called “Views”, Drake’s tracks here are pretty one-sided. Spanning at an exhausting 82 minutes, the record is a perfect example of when venting turns into whining. It hits some high notes across pop and dance styles (the single, “One Dance” topped the charts across the world) but overall it feels bitter, worn out and weirdly monotonous, compared to some of Drizzy’s better albums.
7. If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late (2015)
The surprise release of “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late” came after Drizzy’s six-year anniversary of “So Far Gone.” Flexing his lyrical muscles, Drake’s love for music is undeniable and although there were a few misses, you’ll find the album is best enjoyed casually. Favorites like “Know Yourself” celebrates the thrill of mobbing through a city; while “10 Bands” depicts Drake holed up in a home studio pushing himself to create.
6. So Far Gone (2009)
It’s a story that never gets old. An unknown rapper releases a mixtape; dates Rihanna (maybe?) and then gets seven-figure offers from a string of major labels. Okay, Drake wasn’t entirely unknown since he was fresh off Degrassi, but you get the gist.
“So Far Gone’s” main overarching theme was the burden of being famous; ironically, that’s what it made him: a household name. I mean how many times did you blast, “Best I Ever Had?” It’s pretty impressive how the track slipped into mainstream radio without any sort of label backing, and the song, and this album, would set the stage for Drake’s impressive rise to the top.
5. What a Time to Be Alive (2015)
Supposedly born out of an impromptu, six-day recording session between Drake and Future, “What a Time to Be Alive” was expected to be an exciting collab (think Yeezy and Jay-Z’s “Watch The Throne“), but fell short, due to lack of chemistry.
4. More Life (2017)
After his stagnant “Views” album, Drake injected more life into well, “More Life”.
More drums, more energy, more laidback – rather than a long and clunky album, Drake created the album in a playlist style with stunning tracks like “Get It Together” from the rising South African house producer, Black Coffee, and “4422” featuring Sampha that are worth hitting that repeat button for.
3. Thank Me Later (2010)
In his debut LP, “Thank Me Later”, Drake outdid Kanye with the word “I.” He uses the word 410 times, while Kanye used it 220 times in “The College Dropout.”
Fun facts aside, “Thank Me Later” lights up the feels with tracks like “Fancy,” “Karaoke” and “Find Your Love.” From girl problems to yearning for that “normal life,” “Thank Me Later” is laced with fire and relate-ability which makes it such a memorable album.
2. Take Care (2011)
Minimalist and poetic, “Take Care” transports listeners into the adventures of Drake — a behind-the-scenes if you will, brought to life through the sensual sounds of 90s R&B and UGK’s deep funk flow. One of Drake’s best-reviewed efforts, it’s also one of his more musical, with favorites like “Take Care” with Rihanna, “Marvin’s Room” and “Make Me Proud” featuring Nicki Minaj — making this one of Drizzy’s strongest albums to date.
1. Nothing Was the Same (2013)
Aubrey Graham has officially made it, guys. He’s gone from an unlikely rapper to an accepted rapper to maybe the biggest rapper of our time. And “Nothing Was The Same” had a lot to do with it. From “Hold On, We’re Going Home” and “Worst Behavior,” to “Wu-Tang Forever” and “Started From the Bottom,” this album proved the Drake era has landed and it’s here to stay.