Drake


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Thank Me Later (2010), 4/10
Take Care (2011), 5/10
Nothing Was the Same (2013), 5/10
If Youíre Reading This Itís Too Late (2015), 5/10
Views (2016), 4.5/10
More Life (2017), 4/10
Scorpion (2018), 4/10
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Toronto's actor and rapper Drake (Aubrey Graham), a member of Lil Wayne's crew, became a star thanks to Best I Ever Had, from the short mixtape So Far Gone (2009), and thanks to the over-hyped album Thank Me Later (2010), on which he delivered some of the most ridiculous self-analyzing lyrics ever rapped/sung to humble atmospheric synth-laden arrangements (mostly Noah "40" Shebib) usually reserved for r&b crooners (a cross between James Blake and Kanye West). Nonetheless, Over (one of his smoothest transitions from pop singer to rapper and viceversa), the relatively upbeat and pounding ballad Find Your Love and Miss Me (in which Lil Wayne steals the show) further increased his popularity.

Take Care (Cash Money, 2011), another slab of obnoxious juvenile autobiography, features the eerie soul narrative Marvin's Room and spawned a record number of hits, notably The Motto. The rapper fails miserably to engage, but the production by Canadian producer Noah "40" Shebib, Jamie Xx and Just Blaze is admirable.

Nothing Was the Same (2013), mostly produced by Shebib, includes the pop crossover Hold On We're Going Home and Started from the Bottom. Dacoury "DJ Dahi" Natche produced Worst Behavior. The album was followed by the mixtape If You're Reading This It's Too Late (2015).

Drake's mildly innovative and stylish pop-soul creations, littered with pale imitations of grime and Afro-beat, on Views (2016), with the Rihanna collaboration Too Good (produced by Toronto producers Paul "Nineteen85" Jeffries and Maneesh Bidaye with Jamaican producer Dwayne "Supa Dups" Chin-Quee), and the more interesting One Dance (produced by Nineteen85, Shebib and South-african producer Themba "DJ Maphorisa" Sekowe, and featuring Nigerian singer Ayodeji "WizKid" Balogun), Feel No Ways (with a beat crafted by Kanye West and Jordan Ullman), and Nineteen85's Hotline Bling (another big hit), and on More Life (2017), whose highlight Get it Together is sung by someone else and whose Free Smoke is typical of how pointless his lyrics are, make for an incredibly boring experience.

Drake finally lost any artistic ambition on the 25-song double album Scorpion (2018), but the hits kept coming: God's Plan (2018), produced by Ronald "Cardo" LaTour, Daveon "Yung Exclusive" Jackson, Matthew "Boi-1da" Samuels and Shebib; In My Feelings (2018), produced by Benjamin "TrapMoneyBenny" Workman and Adam "BlaqNmilD" Pigott; Nonstop (2018), produced by Brytavious "Tay Keith" Chambers and Ernest "No I.D." Wilson; Nice for What (2018), produced by No I.D., Nineteen85 and Shebib; etc.

Toosie Slide, off Dark Lane Demo Tapes (2020), produced by Swiss producer Ozan "Oz" Yildirim, and Laugh Now Cry Later (another collaboration with Cardo and Yung Exclusive) were the hits of 2020. In 2020 Drake was the second most streamed artist in the world after Bad Bunny.

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