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Ranking the 18 Most Lyrical Drake Songs of All Time

Drake’s the man, a chart-toppin’ machine, but with all the pop hits and dance crazes, some forget he can spit serious bars. Yeah, he ain’t droppin’ crazy flows like Kendrick or Cole, but that don’t mean his rhymes ain’t sharp. For every “Hotline Bling,” he’s got a “Lemon Pepper Freestyle” or a “Do Not Disturb” – straight fire for the real heads.

See, “lyrical” don’t just mean fancy wordplay or switchin’ flows. Drake’s lyrics cut deep, hit you where it hurts. He ain’t no punchline rapper; he paints pictures, tells stories, gets real about the struggle and the success.

So, from “Tuscan Leather” to all the hidden gems, here’s the most lyrical Drake tracks, as voted on by true fans who know the difference between a hit and a hip hop classic.

Drake – “5 AM in Toronto”

5Am In Toronto

Album: N/A

Released: March 7, 2013

Best lines: “Give these niggas the look, the verse, and even the hook / That’s why every song sound like Drake featurin’ Drake”

“5 AM in Toronto” is the hardest, most lyrical Drake song of all time. This is just straight-up Drake at his most confrontational, getting shit off his chest, while throwing out catchy one-liners and facts, over thumping, minimalist production.

Rick Ross ft. Drake & French Montana – “Stay Schemin’”

15 Most Lyrical Drake Songs Of All Time Rick Ross Stay Schemin

Album: Rich Forever

Released: January 6, 2012

Best lines: “Kobe ’bout to lose a hundred fifty Ms / Kobe my nigga, I hate it had to be him / Bitch, you wasn’t with me shootin’ in the gym”

This was the moment when rappers found out Drake wasn’t easily fucked with. In one guest verse, he managed to fire back at Common and deliver quotables stacked on quotables, on yet another Rick Ross collaboration.

Drake – “Tuscan Leather”

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Album: Nothing Was the Same

Released: September 24, 2013

Best lines: “Comin’ off the last record / I’m gettin’ twenty million off the record / Just to off these records, nigga, that’s a record”

Drake was on his Dipset vibe making this song, going in for 6 minutes straight, no hook, and three different beat changes . Nothing Was the Same was a statement that from 2013 onwards it was going to be Drizzy season and no song was better to send that message than “Tuscan Leather.”

Lil Wayne ft. Drake – “Believe Me”

15 Most Lyrical Drake Songs Of All Time Believe Me

Album: N/A

Released: May 6, 2014

Best lines: “Goin’ out to Houston, spendin’ all of my advance / V Live just took me for a cheque / Drake you know I love you, you just took me outta debt”

When rap fans heard “Believe Me” the hype for Tha Carter V went through the roof. Too bad it took another four years before we saw the album drop. But this is a great example of Drake and Wayne’s chemistry, the two snap hard over this disgusting Vinylz and Boi-1da beat.

Drake – “0 to 100 / The Catch Up”

15 Most Lyrical Drake Songs Of All Time 0 To 100

Album: N/A

Released: July 15, 2014

Best lines: “I been Steph Curry with the shot / Been cookin’ with the sauce, Chef Curry with the pot, boy / 360 with the wrist, boy”

The biggest flex by a rapper ever – dropping a SoundCloud loosie like a throwaway track and it ends up becoming one of the biggest songs of the year and gets nominated for two Grammy awards. Who else but Drake?

Drake ft. Jay-Z – “Pound Cake”

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Album: Nothing Was the Same

Released: September 24, 2013

Best lines: “The contract like ’91 Dan Marino / I swear this guy Michael Rapino’s boosting my ego”

Three years after their “Light Up” collaboration on his debut, Drake was back ready to spar with Hov again. This time Drizzy is at different level, more confident and assured of his abilities, and knocks Jay-Z out the park, even with the latter’s two verses. This was a changing of the guard moment.

Drake – “Weston Road Flows”

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Album: Views

Released: April 29, 2016

Best lines: “It’s rainin’ money, Oklahoma City Thunder / The most successful rapper 35 and under / I’m assumin’ everybody’s 35 and under”

Coming off the tightest album of his career, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late , Drake’s fourth album was a tired, bloated mess that was a chore to listen to from beginning to end. “Weston Road Flows Lyrics”, though, is a classic Drake record and features some of the best rapping he’s ever done.

Drake ft. Rick Ross – “Lord Knows”

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Album: Take Care

Released: November 15, 2011

Best lines: “I know that showin’ emotion don’t ever mean I’m a pussy / Know that I don’t make music for niggas who don’t get pussy / So those are the ones I count on to diss me or overlook me”

Drake and Rick Ross just rapping their hearts out over a majestic Just Blaze beat – what more could hip hop heads ask for? This is an aggravated yet confident Drake who knows exactly where he stands in the rap game, and how to win at it.

Drake ft. Rick Ross – “Lemon Pepper Freestyle”

15 Most Lyrical Drake Songs Of All Time Lemon Pepper

Album: Scary Hours 2

Released: March 5, 2021

Best lines: “Half the time, I gotta ask niggas what they profession is / Ushered a generation in, these are where my confessions live”

Drake and Rick Ross have done enough great songs together that they could probably put together a classic EP. “Lemon Pepper Freestyle” is the latest edition to their ongoing series of records where they just black out non-stop, with no hook, over a dope vocal sample.

Drake – “Back to Back”

15 Most Lyrical Drake Songs Of All Time Back To Back

Album: N/A

Released: July 29, 2015

Best lines: “You love her, then you gotta give the world to her/ Is that a world tour or your girl’s tour?/ I know that you gotta be a thug for her / This ain’t what she meant when she told you to open up more”

The hardest production Drake has ever rapped on paired with some of his most iconic lines – Meek had no chance in this battle. From the Nicki Minaj references to Meek’s “Twitter fingers” to poking fun at himself; every line on this record is a classic.

Drake – “6PM in New York”

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Album: If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late

Released: February 13, 2015

Best lines: “I heard a lil, lil homie talking reckless in Vibe / That’s quite a platform you chose, you should’ve kept it inside / Oh, you tried? It’s so childish calling my name on the world stage / You need to act your age and not your girl’s age”

Any Drake song that has a time and location in its title is automatically a classic. As a bonus track on perhaps his most lyrical album to date, “6PM in New York” is classic barred up Drake going for it, while taking shots at Tyga in the process.

Drake – “Do Not Disturb”

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Album: More Life

Released: March 18, 2017

Best lines: “I was an angry yute when I was writin’ Views / Saw a side of myself that I just never knew / I’ll probably self-destruct if I ever lose, but I never do”

Reflective, contemplative Drake is the best Drake. Fresh off the biggest album of his life and his first number one single, More Life , was a collection of different vibes, with “Do Not Disturb” seeing Drake look back on his hard-earned victories and wondering why he still feels empty.

“Champagne Poetry”

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Album: Certified Lover Boy

Released: September 3, 2021

Best lines: “Under her picture lives some of the greatest quotes from me”

Drake is the king of making a statement with his intro tracks – just peep “Survival”, “Tuscan Leather” and “Over My Dead Body” if you need a reminder. So it wasn’t a surprise that the opening song to his long-awaited sixth studio album ended up being one of the best (if not the best) song off the project. Running at almost 6-minutes, Drake takes his time to set the course of things to come on Certified Lover Boy .

Drake – “30 for 30 Freestyle”

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Album: What a Time to Be Alive

Released: September 20, 2015

Best lines: “The pen is workin’ if you niggas need some ghost lines / I thought you wanted yours like I want mine”

Drake and Future’s What a Time to Be Alive was a victory lap for the two rappers. Future had just come off a legendary mixtape run and dropping the biggest release of his career, while Drake had finished breaking down Meek Mill following a surprise album drop. On “30 for 30 Freestyle”, Drake wraps up his battle with the Philly MC and puts a bow on top. There was nothing left to be said after this.

Migos ft. Drake – “Versace (Remix)”

15 Most Lyrical Drake Songs Of All Time Versace

Album: N/A

Released: July 8, 2013

Best lines: “Ni**as be wantin’ a verse for a verse / But man, that’s not a swap to me”

The most fun Drake has had on a track. Adopting the trademark Migos flow, Drake took hype levels for his upcoming album to the extreme as he spazzed out on this trap classic, while sending a few subliminal at Kanye’s way too.

Drake ft. Jay-Z – “Light Up”


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Album: Thank Me Later

Released: June 15, 2010

Best lines: “They always tell me: Nobody’s workin’ as hard as you / And even though I laugh it off, man, it’s probably true / ‘Cause while all of my closest friends out partyin’ / I’m just here makin’ all the music that they party to”

On his debut, Drake was blessed with a verse from the GOAT and the young Toronto rapper proved he could stand toe-to-toe with his idol. This is just straight up rapping rap over a knocking 40 beat. Hov’s verse edges Drake on this one, but that wouldn’t be for long.

7am On Bridle Path


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Album: Certified Lover Boy

Released: September 3, 2021

Best lines: “Or switch it to the one I call “R.I.P. Nipsey” / ‘Cause I swear to God the bezel got sixty of them blue stones”

You can always trust Drake to go in on his AM/PM series. “7am On Bridle Path” follows 2010’s “9AM in Dallas,” 2013’s “5AM in Toronto,” 2015’s “6PM in New York,” and 2016’s “4PM in Calabasas,” and as you can expect, it’s Drizzy barred the fuck up the whole way through. The main rival in his scope is, of course, Kanye, but he makes sure to send a few shots Pusha’s way too.

“Diplomatic Immunity”


Drake Scary Hours

Album: Scary Hours

Released: January 19, 2018

Best lines: “The one with the fewest lies and the truest ties”

Drizzy paid homage to the Harlem crew with this highlight cut off his 2018 teaser pack. With production handled by Nick Brongers and Boi-1da, “Diplomatic Immunity” sounds like it could have been straight ripped from a classic mob film, and with the rapper spitting with a vengeance, the song sounded like a green light on all his enemies.

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