Drake, the ever prominent performer and hip-hop personality, has been releasing official projects since his 2009 debut, So Far Gone. We asked our music staff to rank their five Drake albums in order to come to a consensus as to which album stands above the rest. Every single one of Drake’s projects aside from the compilation of unreleased tracks, Care Package, received votes. Another declaration to the testament that there is not only a Drake song, but a Drake album, for everybody in the modern landscape. He’s the rapper who can make your 92-year-old grandma’s hips move and the same guy who can brainwash your little sister into memorizing the chorus to “Hotline Bling.” Here is one of the more universally-beloved artist’s Top 5 Albums, according to our staff:
5. What a Time To Be Alive
Drake and Future’s collaborative effort is largely regarded as the best modern duet since Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne. The project which is officially considered a mixtape is executive produced by Metro Boomin and DJ Esco. It was created in less than a week, but the casual listener would never guess that if they hadn’t already known. The project features one of the best eight-track runs of Drake’s career from “Digital Dash” to “Jumpman” (I’ve personally decided to exile “Big Rings” from this project and refuse to allow it influence my opinion on it). What a Time To Be Alive has aged like a bottle from LeBron’s private wine cellar. The project caught two of the best in the game at their absolute peaks: Drake was 7 months removed from If You’re Reading This it’s Too Late and Future was only granted 3 months of rehabilitation after the release of DS2. If Watch the Throne is parallel to LeBron James and Dwyane Wade’s run with the Miami Heat, then What a Time To Be Alive is the hip-hop equivalent to LeBron James and Kyrie Irving’s run with the Cleveland Cavaliers. It truly was quite the time to be alive when this project surfaced.
Best tracks: “Digital Dash” “Live From the Gutter” “Diamonds Dancing” “Scholarships” “I’m the Plug”
4. More Life
“And more chunes for your headtops, so watch how you speak on my name, y’know?” Drake proclaimed after he won the Best Rap/Hip-Hop Artist at the American Music Awards in 2016. He did in fact provide more tunes for all of our headtops with the 22-track “playlist by October Firm” entitled More Life. The project had an all-star guest list featuring Quavo, Travis Scott, 2 Chainz, Young Thug, Jorja Smith, Kanye West, Skepta and PartyNextDoor. The project, much like every Drake catalogue, spans a wide variety of moods, tensions and tones. From the caribbean inspired “Passionfruit” to the head-banging intro “Free Smoke” where Drake boasts that he drunk texts Jennifer Lopez, More Life is one of Drizzy’s most boastful flexes.
Best tracks: “Free Smoke” “Passionfruit” “Gyalchester” “Sacrifices” “Ice Melts”
3. Take Care
The one staple of every Drake list. While So Far Gone and Take Care are strong and worthy projects in their own rights, Take Care quite literally hits different. This is the mainstream introduction where Drake proved that he was not on