1. Drake, Nothing Was The Same
Drake definitely made good on his promise to show critics that his R&B posturing doesn't mean he still can't rap his ass off. Nothing Was The Same is an incredible RAP album. He’s rhyming with purpose.
In the progression from So Far Gone to Nothing Was The Same, Drake’s subject matter hasn't changed much. Family dysfunction, destructive relationships with women, unwanted but wanted excess, fame hurts, repeat. He’s still the Kleenex champ when it comes to putting feelings on paper.
Initially it seemed like Drake is rapping for the crown but he believes he already has it (see: “Paris Morton Music”). It’s early, but he’s competing for legacy position. And he’s carving a far different road map to get there. Can you ever be better than the best rapper when you don’t only rap?