How Ya Feel: Drake Songs to Fit Your Mood
It’s only human to feel a different emotion everyday and Drake knows that more than anyone else.
You know, people talk a lot of shit about Drake. They call him a simp, they call him a pussy, I, as a Drake fanatic, have heard pretty much every bad thing you could say about the guy.
Think of it like this: how many other artists have such a ranging discography that can carry you through your highs and through your lows? Kanye comes to mind, maybe you can throw K-Dot in there too. The point I’m trying to make is that there’s a major lack in the versatility of hip hop today and Drake is the premier of the category.
Kush Rolled, Glass Full (Turn Up)
Drake’s numerous amount of turnt up club anthems can get any club goin’ UP.
1. Up All Night (feat. Nicki Minaj)
No way on earth can you get away with not choosing this as when the dopest Drake songs to hear at a party. The flow is too nice and so is Nicki’s endless boasting.
2. HYFR (feat. Lil Wayne)
If this song isn’t iconic then I don’t know what is. Drizzy’s rapping about a sushi date and and Weezy saying he eats his bitch at the dinner table is too much to handle. it’s just another unbeatable collab to add to the vast number of them
3. All Me (feat. 2 Chainz & Big Sean)
This song is one of those summer tracks that comes around every year or so that takes over your iTunes plays for 2-3 months, then you get over it, just to stumble upon it the next summer and tell the homie you’re with “Damn I haven’t heard this shit in forever”.
4. 6 God
This shit goes so fucking hard. The Donkey Kong Country sample is iconic. One of Drake’s essential slappers.
5. Digital Dash
I love this song so fucking much, this shit brings the fucking breathing energy and life out of me. Goddamn this is such a perfect track easily my favorite song off What A Time, fucking LEGENDARY!!!!
6. Know Yourself
Every DJ that throws this on knows what’s bound to happen at that 1:40 mark of the song, legendary tings.
Just Swangin’ (Vibe Out)
Had a long day at work? Need to study for your midterms? Went for a run thru the six with your woes? Don’t look further than these wavy gems.
1. Crew Love (feat. The Weeknd)
Nothing says kick back more than smoking weed under star projectors and House of Balloons era Weeknd features. Straight classic.
2. Cameras/Good Ones Go Interlude
Wooooooooooord on roooooooooooooad is the clique about to bloooooooooooooow. That Jon B sample works with the story of Drake’s paparazzo filled daily routine too effortlessly.
3. Furthest Thing
That Just Blaze-esque outro following the flawless beat switch where Drizzy talks about his number of flaws rather than boasting his accomplishments, wow.
Easily my favorite song off his third album. This track is as genre bending a track he has ever made and goddamn it just gets to you every single time.
This song’s a trip. Drake goes about talking about an unknown sexual acquaintance with his best Bun B impression to match over extremely dynamic 40 production.
6. Company (feat. Travi$ Scott)
I love this song with a fucking passion. This track takes you to a whole other planet if we’re being honest. Scott’s fiery ominous production on this mixed with Drake’s smooth vocalizing makes for the epitome of what If You’re Reading This sounds like.
Talkin’ Boasy (Ignorant)
When someone talks out the side of their neck, these will help you blow off your stream.
1. Ignant Shit (feat. Lil Wayne)
Young Angel and Young Lion with another classic. Drizzy floats over this Jay Z classic with endless boasting and Weezy does the same. ‘The one twice over, I’m the new eleven’. Legendary.
2. 5 AM In Toronto
Most number ones ever, how long did it really take him? Where you think she at when she ain’t with ya? Easily the most arrogant and hard headed song out of his treasured AM/PM collection.
3. Worst Behavior
This selection is self explanatory. That ‘Mo’ Money Mo’ Problems’ interpolation, that Bar Mitzvah line and simply every other part of this song is really just a small piece in the grand scheme of things in this mad shit-talking anthem.
4. No Tellin’
Backed up by some of the grimiest production Drake has ever rapped over in his whole life, everything in this song from start to finish is a symphony. That beat switch at the very end is worth of its own religion.
5. 6 PM In New York
The first rapper that Drake slaughtered in his massively successful 2015 was his fellow Young Money label mate, Tyga. His reference to the age difference between Tyga and girlfriend Kylie Jenner goes down in lore but no where near as much as the last song.
6. Back to Back
Oh man, oh man, oh man. It seems like no matter where you are you can never get away from this song. The hottest diss song of the past five years is one of Drake’s biggest hits in general.
Season Switchin’ Over (Real S**t)
It’s starting to get colder outside, the clouds are getting grey, Drake’s lyrical masterpieces begin to stand out more than ever.
1. Say What’s Real
Drake addresses every single person questioning his ability and proves them all wrong in the most popular Kanye West remix ever.
2. Thank Me Now
It doesn’t get much realer than, “Do I ever come up in discussion over double pump lattes and low fat muffins”. Classic Drake.
3. Look What You’ve Done
A heartfelt message to the influence and inspiration that he’s gained from his family, specifically his mother and uncle who took as much care of him as anyone. All that combined with the incredible come up story make for one of the most incredible Drake songs to date.
4. The Ride
I feel like no matter what I say about this song there’s no way I can explain how this song makes you really feel. The third person writing technique makes you feel like you’re right by him through the entire story. Genius is an understatement.
5. Too Much
Similar to Look What You’ve Done, this song is based around broken family life and complacency ever since he done became star.
6. 30 for 30 Freestyle
The only song from Drake and Future’s collabo that didn’t bang and it remarkably found a way to be the most incredible one of the whole thing. Constant instigation and questioning Meek Mill’s absence and bragging about his hometown Raptors is just a little update on where Drake’s life was at on the latter half of 2015.
Glasses of Champagne (Dance / Party)
Over the last year or so, Drake has produced what seems like a billion pop hits. Hit ’em with the Hotline to these cuts.
1. Fancy (feat. Swizz Beatz and T.I)
That hook never gets old and that breakdown at the end is oh so beautiful.
The way PND’s vocals creep up on you the way they do is so dope. Drake’s ode to South Beach girls is a breezy one and is the most danceable song on If You’re Reading This.
3. Hotline Bling
This specific list wouldn’t even be in existence if it wasn’t for this paradigm shifting hit. This song set a time mark in Drake’s career, one that will never ever be forgotten.
4. Right Hand
This one dropped on the same episode of OVO Sound Radio as Hotline Bling and Charged Up, that Iggy Azalea-esque beat will get everyone dancing at any party.
5. One Dance
Speaking of everyone dancing at every party, there’s no more known song that people dance to more than this. And if they do, it’s probably ‘Work’.
I don’t get why people out there don’t like this song but who the fuck even cares I’d probably dance to it anyways.
Losing Touch (Love)
It’s needless to say that Drake could have made a name for himself solely on love life oriented ballads.
1. Bria’s Interlude
This Missy Elliot sampled treasure is one of the most intimate song on So Far Gone and that says too much not to be placed on here.
2. Shut it Down (feat. The Dream)
Take those fuckin’ heals off it’s worth it girl… the last verse on this track sums up all the emotion put into this entire song and the trust issues that has haunted Drake’s relationships in the past.
3. Cece’s Interlude
Another extremely sensual interlude. This one off Thank Me Later is just a few seconds under two and a half minutes and will probably have you tearing up once he starts hitting his high notes.
4. Marvin’s Room
Do you guys really need an explanation for this one? This is a quintessential to any break up playlist.
5. The Real Her (feat. Lil Wayne and Andre 3000)
Accompanied by a hilarious Wayne feature and an incredible 3 Stacks feature, all Drizzy seeks is some sort of answer as to why he can’t get this one girl out of his head.
6. My Side
This If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late bonus track is the ultimate crooning anthem. It’s more than likely we know what superstar he’s dedicating this one to and she should feel blessed to have received a gem like this.