1. 0 to 100
Okay, you caught me so maybe you have heard of this song but oddly enough, this song was never on any of Drake's albums. After catching a well deserved punch to the face from Puff Daddy for making this his own song instead of ghostwriting on it, Drake released what could quite possibly be the best song that he's created to date. The raw energy contained in this song feels like it's teetering over the edge just about ready to explode like a baking soda volcano. The split that basically makes this song, two songs in one blends together two completely juxtaposed songs for all around "Drakeness" hitting you from 2 sides of the rap scale. The truly visionary and original work on this one, make it one of my favorite Drake songs ever released.
2. How Bout Now
On most of Drake's songs, I'll be listening to them and thinking to myself, "This is him rapping how he thinks other people want him to rap" and though he does create chart topping bangers like this, I don't feel like he truly makes an inventory of himself while writing or rapping and instead just gives us what he thinks we want. This is definitely not the case on "How bout now".
With lines like "Remember I deleted all my other girls numbers out the phone for you.
Remember when you had to take the BAR exam, I drove in the snow for you" he checks "Gangsta Drake" at the door and instead talks about an ex-gf who was a potential lawyer shitting on him. It's real. It's Aubrey Graham, not Drake, and that actually is why it is one of my favorite Drake songs.
3. 9AM In Dallas
Part of his “x” am/pm in “y” line of songs, 9 a.m. in Dallas does a great job of portraying the skills that made Drake a household name across the world. Sounding similar to his verse on “Uptown” 9 am in Dallas is a song where Drake is once again unapologetically Drake, the suburban actor turned rapper, who made it big. The song brings you in with a beautiful piano melody before the bass gets your head bumping. Love him or hate him, Drake knows exactly who he is and he doesn’t care if you like him or not, because chances are your significant other does.