6. On “Furthest Thing” he borrows Chitown’s ratchet rebel Chief Keef’s flow from “Love Sosa” in the most melodic way possible. The Drakeification of Keef. Bullets of love, ha!
7. Drake may have no new friends but there are a couple of unexpected frienemies. On the very first track he talks about drifting from YMCMB step-sister/crush Nicki Minaj. And on “From Time” he snubs Trey Songz: “Then she started telling me how I'll never be as big as Trey Songz/Boy was she wrong.” Shots.
8. The bars are the difference on Nothing Was The Same. It’s a great example of painting a complete visual of someone who lives a G-5 lifestyle but making it completely understandable (stressing understandable rather than relatable). He learned from Magna Carta’s trip-ups.
9. Funny how while Jay’s rhymes are officially mostly unrelatable (“El gran santo on the mantel” on “Pound Cake”), Drake’s assuming Hov’s role as the ultimate populist rapper, for the people. He’s the new king of keep it simple, stupid.
10. Something is missing here. No, not that much-anticipated Hit-Boy collabo “Trophies” (need that, too). But The Weeknd’s emo sheen would’ve been the icing on the cake.