Drake’s albums ranked – from best to ‘Scorpion’

Despite breaking more and more streaming records, Drake‘s latest album ‘Scorpion’ was a bit of a critical dud. But perhaps the rapper has simply set the bar too high for himself with his run so far.

Here’s a look at his very best albums and mixtapes to date, ranked in order of melancholic hip-hop brilliance…

8. ‘SCORPION’ (2018)


Overblown, overstuffed and short on proper bangers, ‘Scorpion’ saw Drake rest on his laurels, seemingly overly convinced by his own Midas touch. The 25-track, two-parter (split between a rap-heavy Side A and a R&B-leaning Side B) featured the regurgitation of old hooks and flows, application of the same tried-and-tested methods and meditations on all the usual kind of themes, with little growth or experimentation.

As you’d hope on an album that stretches to 90 minutes, there were a few glimpses of Drake’s undoubted brilliance – like the tropical-emo jam of ‘Summer Games’, the emotive and immediate ‘Emotionless’ and ‘Nice For What’, the rapper’s biggest dancefloor anthem since ‘One Dance’.

Drakiest lyric: “She say ‘Do you love me?’ I tell her ‘Only partly,’/I only love my bed and my momma, I’m sorry” – ‘God’s Plan’


Written and recorded in just six days, Drake’s 2015 collaborative mixtape with Future, ‘What A Time To Be Alive’, provided a perfect showcase for his Atlanta accomplice’s autotuned raps and croons, and displayed great chemistry between the pair.


However, it was mostly Future stealing the spotlight – with Drake in the unusual position of being upstaged or, at times, acting more like a sideman.

Drakiest lyric: “I just came from dinner where I ate some well-done seared scallops that were to die for/But I got bigger fish to fry” – ‘30 For 30 Freestyle’

6. ‘THANK ME LATER’ (2010)

After a succession of mixtapes, Drake became a rapper worth taking seriously with this debut album. ‘Thank Me Later’ owed a lot to Kanye West’s 2008 auto-tune fest ‘808s & Heartbreak’, and lamented on lost love (‘Fireworks’), fame (‘The Resistance’) and various other insecurities that saw him labelled the Softest Rapper In The Game by Ghostface Killah.

Drakiest lyric: “I’m just such a gentleman, you should give it up for me/Look at how I’m placing all my napkins and my cutlery” – ‘Fireworks’

5. ‘MORE LIFE’ (2017)

2017 “playlist album” ‘More Life’ saw Drake take a step back and showed that he has a pretty great ear as a tastemaker.

Switching between straight-up trap (‘Free Smoke’), Afrobeat (‘Madiba Riddim’), Afro-house (‘Get It Together’) and grime (the Giggs-assisted ‘KMT’), ‘More Life’ played like a musical gap year, serving up the most sonically diverse record of Drake’s entire career.

Drakiest lyric: “Me and being broke finally broke up” – ‘Glow’

4. ‘VIEWS’ (2016)

Critically slated at the time of its release, ‘Views’ stands stronger in retrospect. Sure, it was the beginning of Drake over-saturation and the rapper filling his albums to the brim to maximise streaming revenues – but there also were plenty of killer tracks that are among Drake’s very best.

With a string of five massive singles – ‘Hotline Bling’, ‘One Dance’, ‘Pop Style’, ‘Controlla’ and ‘Too Good’ – this was the peak of Drake’s chart dominance. If only Drake had an editor though…

Drakiest lyric: “All of my ‘let’s just be friends’ are friends I don’t have anymore” – ‘Keep The Family Close’


Released without warning, 2015’s ‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late’ mixtape found Drake urgent and relentless, putting R&B on hold for a 27 bar-filled tracks.

Proving that Drake – at his best – is among the strongest rappers in the game, it saw the star take shots at everyone from fellow peers, porn stars who snubbed him and, on ‘You & The 6’, even his mum.

Drakiest lyric: “I got bitches asking me for the code to the wi-fi / So they can talk about their timeline” – ‘Energy’


Following his leap to mega-stardom, Drake’s newfound confidence brought an aggressive tone to a third album high on rap, snippets of ice-old R&B and lacking in guest slots – although Jay-Z did sneak onto ‘Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2’.

It was on this latter track that Drake completely outshone his elder counterpart, proving him to be the real man of the moment.

Drakiest lyric: “I just want some head in a comfortable bed / It could all be so simple” – ‘The Language’

1. ‘TAKE CARE’ (2011)

An album full of immersive production and languid lounge-R&B. Over 18 tracks that feature Rihanna (the title track), Nicki Minaj (‘Make Me Proud’), Kendrick Lamar (‘Buried Alive Interlude’) and The Weeknd (‘Crew Love’), Drake managed to make his self-doubt, melancholia and disappointment seem universal. His masterpiece and the graduation of ‘the boy’ to The Man.

Drakiest lyric: “May your neighbours respect you and trouble neglect you” – ‘Shot For Me’