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Every Hip-Hop Artist With Over 1 Million Monthly Spotify Listeners

In March, Spotify reached the 50 million paid subscriber plateau. Along with their unpaid user base, the most popular streaming platform in the world currently boasts over 100 million active users. Though a vast number hip-hop fans prefer competing subscription services like Apple Music (because its exclusives) and TIDAL (because Jay Z) over Spotify, not to mention free options like Audiomack and SoundCloud, Spotify will likely remain the king the streaming castle for the foreseeable future. 

Spotify owes its success to a number factors, most notably a clean user interface and an expansive music library—save for most Jay Z's catalog, along with Dr. Dre and a handful others—but its music curation, millions playlists and daily updated charts are undoubtedly what has helped the platform grow over time while retaining its user base.

One chart that doesn't exist, though, is a ranked list all artists by monthly listeners, which is one the several metrics, along with total plays and plays by country, that is made available to the public. (It's important to note that neither Apple Music nor TIDAL discloses artist, song or album analytics to their paying customers.)

For several years now, people have been asking Spotify to deliver a chart that provides an up-to-the-minute ranking artists by their total monthly listeners, but to date, they have only fered Top 200 and Viral 50 charts, which users can filter by country and date.

That changes today.

Below you will find a list every hip-hop artist—as well as a number R&B artists whose sound and image are synonymous with hip-hop—that currently has over 1 million monthly listeners on Spotify, along with their top streamed song on the platform.

To make your browsing experience more friendly, we have separated artists into four tiers based on their total monthly listeners: "We Gonna Make It" (1 to 4.9M), "FuckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt" (5 to 9.9M), "Kinda Like a Big Deal" (10 to 19.9M) and, finally, "I Got The Keys" (20M+). 

While running through the list, it's important to keep four things in mind:

1. If your favorite artist doesn't appear, it's because they do not currently (as May 19, 2017) have over 1 million monthly listeners. Upset? Get to streaming.
2. Artists like Jay Z (7.9M), Beyoncé (17.1M) and Dr. Dre (6.2M) have not made their entire catalog available on Spotify because their stakes in competing streaming services. If they did, however, their monthly listener totals would be higher.
3. We're confident we found every single artist that meets our minimum criteria standard—at least 1 million monthly listeners—but there's a strong likelihood we did miss a few artists. We will update accordingly moving forward, we promise.
4. This is a fun exercise. Please keep this in mind as these numbers are constantly updating.

And here we go...

"I Got The Keys" (20M+)

38M        Drake (“One Dance” - 1.2B)
31M        Kendrick Lamar (“HUMBLE.” - 217M)
29M        Nicki Minaj (“Only” - 180M)
28M        The Weeknd (“Can’t Feel My Face” - 703M)
27M        Future (“Low Life” - 271M)
26M        Ty Dolla $ign (“Swalla” - 157M)
25M        Rihanna (“Work” - 674M)
24M        DJ Khaled (“For Free” - 118M)
20M        Kanye West (“FourFiveSeconds” - 380M)
20M        G-Eazy (“Me, Myself & I” - 600M)

"Kinda Like a Big Deal" (10 to 19.9M)

19M        Pitbull (“Timber” - 430M)
17M        Beyonce (“Halo” - 280M)
17M        Eminem (“Lose Yourself” - 351M)
17M        Wiz Khalifa (“See You Again” - 648M)
15M        Lil Wayne (“A Milli” - 105M)
15M        Big Sean (“Bounce Back” - 210M)
15M        Kehlani (“Gangsta” - 82M)
14M        Chris Brown ("Five More Hours" - 326M)
14M        Migos (“Bad and Boujee” - 280M)
13.9M      Post Malone (“White Iverson” - 276M)
13.8M      French Montana (“No Shopping” - 63M)
13.3M      Lil Uzi Vert (“XO Tour Llif3” - 106M)
13.1M      Khalid (“Location” - 154M)
13.0M      KYLE (“iSpy” - 223M)
12.4M      Travis Scott (“Antidote” - 193M)
12.3M      Rae Sremmurd (“Black Beatles” - 383M)
11.7M      Logic (“1-800-273-8255” - 29M)
10.9M      Machine Gun Kelly (“Bad Things” - 247M)
10.5M      J. Cole (“No Role Modelz” - 307M)
10.4M      Gucci Mane (“Both” - 59M)
10.1M      Young Thug (“pick up the phone” - 154M)
10.0M      Kodak Black (“Tunnel Vision” - 109M)
10.0M      Desiigner (“Panda” - 590M)

"FuckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt" (5 to 9.9M)

9.8M        2 Chainz (“Watch Out” - 75M)
9.1M        D.R.A.M. (“Broccoli” - 343M)
9.1M        Wale (“My PYT” - 57M)
8.7M        Snoop Dogg (“Young, Wild & Free” - 298M)
8.7M        Childish Gambino (“Redbone” - 125M)
8.7M        Chance The Rapper (“No Problem” - 172M)
8.5M        Jeremih (“Don’t Tell ‘Em” - 191M)
8.5M        Ne-Yo ("Time Our Lives" - 376M)
8.3M        PARTYNEXTDOOR (“Run Up” - 169M)
8.0M        Notorious B.I.G (“Hypnotize” - 130M)
8.0M        Frank Ocean (“Thinkin Bout You” - 192M)
7.9M        Jay Z (“Niggas in Paris” - 351M)
7.8M        50 Cent (“In Da Club” - 169M)
7.7M        Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (“Thrift Shop” - 358M)
7.5M        Tyga (“Ayo” - 243M)
7.5M        Fetty Wap (“Trap Queen” - 522M)
7.1M        ASAP Rocky (“Fucking Problems” - 244M)
7.1M        Mike WiLL Made-It (“23” - 99M)
7.0M        Outkast (“Hey Ya!” - 214M)
7.0M        Trey Songz ("Slow Motion" - 162M)
6.9M        Bryson Tiller (“Don’t” - 279M)
6.9M        Kid Ink (“Promise” - 103M)
6.8M        Rick Ross (“Purple Lamborghini” - 116M)
6.7M        A Boogie Wit da Hoodie (“My Shit” - 57M)
6.3M        Kid Cudi (“Pursuit Happiness” - 157M)
6.2M        B.o.B (“Airplanes” - 122M)
6.2M        Russ (“What They Want” - 97M)
6.2M        Dr. Dre (“The Next Episode” - 185M)
6.2M        Meek Mill (“All Eyes on You” - 156M)
6.0M        Lil Yachty (“One Night” - 99M)
5.9M        T.I. (“Whatever You Like” - 92M)
5.8M        2Pac (“Ambitionz Az A Ridah” - 83M)
5.8M        Sage The Gemini ("Now and Later" - 155M)
5.7M        Yo Gotti (“Down in the DM” - 100M)
5.7M        ScHoolboy Q (“Man the Year” - 115M)
5.6M        YG (“My N*gga” - 122M) “FDT” doesn’t show up in Popular]
5.6M        Joey Badass (“Devastated” - 75M)
5.5M        21 Savage (“X” - 162M)
5.5M        Mac Miller (“Donald Trump” - 114M)
5.5M        XXXTentacion (“Look At Me!” - 63M)
5.4M        NAV (“Some Way” - 30M)
5.2M        Fat Joe ("All The Way Up" - 105M)
5.1M        Metro Boomin (“X” - 162M)
5.0M        The Game (“100” - 66M)
5.0M        A$AP Ferg (“Work (Remix)” - 99M)
5.0M        Tinie Tempah (“Girls Like” - 168M)

"We Gonna Make It" (1 to 4.9M)

4.8M        Tory Lanez (“LUV” - 159M)
4.8M        Kevin Gates (“2 Phones” - 154M)
4.7M        Busta Rhymes (“Don’t Cha” - 73M)
4.7M        Aminé (“Caroline” - 217M)
4.6M        Lil Jon (“Turn Down For What” - 256M)
4.6M        Madeintyo (“Uber Everywhere” - 109M)
4.6M        T-Pain (“Buy U A Drank” - 74M)
4.2M        DMX (“X Gon Give It To You” - 124M)
4.2M        Lupe Fiasco (“The Show Goes On” - 65M)
4.1M        6LACK (“PRBLMS” - 47M)
4.1M        Stormzy ("Shut Up" - 52M)
4.1M        Juicy J (“Bandz a Make Her Dance” - 55M)
4.1M        Ludacris (“My Chick Bad” - 31M)
4.1M        Playboi Carti (“wokeuplikethis” - 15M)
4.1M        Miguel (“Adorn” - 99M)
4.1M        DJ Mustard ("In My Room" - 110M)
4.0M        Pusha T (“Trouble on My Mind” - 31M)
4.0M        PnB Rock (“Selfish” - 66M)
3.8M        Ayo & Teo ("Rolex" - 62M)
3.8M        Omarion ("Post To Be" - 182M)
3.7M        Rob $tone ("Chill Bill" - 194M)
3.7M        Waka Flocka Flame (“No Hands” - 98M)
3.5M        Roy Woods (“Drama” - 62M)
3.5M        Remy Ma ("All The Way Up" - 105M)
3.4M        will.i.am (“Scream & Shout” - 198M)
3.4M        Diddy (“Ill Be Missing You - 3.4M)
3.4M        Rich Homie Quan (“Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh)” - 161M)
3.3M        Missy Elliott (“Get Your Freak On” - 53M)
3.2M        Tee Grizzley ("First Day Out" - 31M)
3.1M        YFN Lucci (“Key to the Streets” - 36M)
3.1M        ASAP Mob (“Yamborgini High” - 33M)
3.0M        Nas (“If I Ruled The World” - 47M)
3.0M        Ice Cube (“It Was a Good Day” - 90M)
3.0M        O.T. Genasis (“Cut It” - 107M)
3.0M        SZA (“Childs Play” - 28M)
2.9M        Soulja Boy (“Crank That” - 74M)
2.9M        Young Money (“Trophies” - 88M)
2.7M        Jidenna (“Classic Man” - 109M)
2.7M        Jeezy (“Put On” - 54M)
2.7M        N.W.A (“Straight Outta Compton” - 79M)
2.7M        August Alsina ("I Luve This Shit" - 48M)
2.6M        GoldLink (“Crew” - 14M)
2.6M        Jhené Aiko (“The Worst” - 67M)
2.5M        Young M.A ("OOOUUU" - 112M)
2.4M        Ja Rule (“Always on Time” - 42M)
2.4M        Lil Dicky (“Save Dat Money” - 94M)
2.4M        Fabolous (“Into You” - 22M)
2.4M        Young Dolph (“Play Wit Yo Bitch” - 4M)
2.4M        ILoveMakonnen (“Tuesday” - 116M)
2.3M        Big Boi (“Shutterbugg” - 10M)
2.2M        Chief Keef (“Love Sosa” - 51M)
2.1M        Ugly God ("Water" - 54M)
2.1M        Fort Minor (“Remember The Name” - 146M)
2.1M        A Tribe Called Quest (“Can I Kick It?” - 44M)
2.1M        Ying Yang Twins (“Get Low” - 85M)
2.1M        K Camp (“Comfortable” - 55M)
2.0M        DJ Drama (“Wishing” - 44M)
2.0M        Tech N9ne (“Hood Go Crazy” - 33M)
2.0M        Wu-Tang Clan (“C.R.E.A.M.” - 52M)
2.0M        Nebu Kiniza ("Gassed Up" - 53M)
1.9M        Lil' Kim (“Lady Marmalade” - 58M)
1.9M        Vic Mensa (“U Mad” - 33M)
1.8M        Anderson .Paak (“Am I Wrong” - 19M)
1.8M        Lloyd Banks (“You Don’t Know” - 46M)
1.8M        Tyler, The Creator (“Yonkers” - 54M)
1.8M        Dae Dae ("What U Mean" 36M)
1.7M        E-40 (“Choices (Yup)” - 31M)
1.7M        Warren G (“Regulate” - 84M)
1.7M        Denzel Curry (“Ultimate” - 62M)
1.7M        Lloyd ("You" - 23M)
1.6M        The Roots ("The Seed 2.0" - 39M) 
1.6M        Bobby Shmurda (“Hot N*gga” - 134M)
1.6M        Eve (“Let Me Blow Ya Mind” - 59M)
1.6M        Yelawolf (“Till Its Gone” - 54M)
1.6M        Vince Staples (“Norf Norf” - 30M)
1.6M        Action Bronson ("Baby Blue" - 48M)
1.5M        Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony (“Tha Crossroads” - 31M)
1.5M        Mobb Deep (“Shock Ones Pt. II” - 47M)
1.5M        Eazy-E (“Real Muthaphuckin G’s - 22M)
1.5M        Hoodie Allen (“No Interruption” - 52M)
1.5M        Common (“Glory” - 26M)
1.5M        Lil Durk (“Like Me” - 25M)
1.5M        Isaiah Rashad (“Free Lunch” - 12M)
1.5M        Skizzy Mars - ("Do You There" - 15M)
1.5M        dvsn (“Hallucinations” - 26M)
1.5M        BJ The Chicago Kid (“Turnin’ Me Up” - 17M)
1.5M        NF ("Grindin" - 19M)
1.4M        Skepta ("Shutdown" - 35M)
1.4M        Twista (“Slow Jamz” - 20M)
1.4M        Bankroll Fresh (“Walked In” - 46M)
1.4M        Ab-Soul (“Illuminate” - 13M)
1.4M        DeJ Loaf (“Back Up” - 77M)
1.4M        Eric Bellinger ("Valet" - 59M)
1.3M        Mike Stud ("These Days" - 24M)
1.3M        D12 (“My Band” - 27M)
1.3M        Rich Gang (“Lifestyle” - 93M)
1.3M        Method Man (“Da Rockwilder” - 26M)
1.3M        Cam’ron (“Hey Ma” - 33M)
1.3M        Ace Hood (“Bugatti” - 56M)
1.3M        Majid Jordan (“My Love” - 22M)
1.2M        Rich Chigga ("Dat $tick" - 26M)
1.2M        LL Cool J (“Doin It” - 21M)
1.2M        Run The Jewels (“Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)” - 20M)
1.2M        Mos Def (“Ms. Fat Booty” - 35M)
1.2M        Syd (“YOU’RE THE ONE” - 9M)
1.2M        Ray J ("Sexy Can I" - 28M)
1.1M        Three 6 Mafia (“Stay Fly” - 17M)
1.1M        Bow Wow (“Shortie Like Mine” - 15M)
1.1M        Chingy (“Right Thurr” - 25M)
1.1M        Hopsin (“Ill Mind Hopsin 5” - 30M)
1.1M        Earl Sweatshirt (“Chum” - 27M)
1.1M        Lil Pump ("Flex Like Ouu" - 5M)
1.1M        Lecrae ("All I Need Is You" - 15M)
1.0M        Andy Mineo ("You Can't Stop Me" - 25M)
1.0M        Q-Tip (“A Little Party Never Killed Nobody” - 101M)
1.0M        Smino (“blkswn” - 2M)
1.0M        Freddie Gibbs (“Crushed Glass” - 810K)
1.0M        Dave East (“Wrote My Way Out” - 5.4M)
1.0M        Bad Meets Evil (“Lighters” - 57M)
1.0M        Danny Brown (“Grown Up” - 24M)
1.0M        Mick Jenkins (“Jazz” - 15M)
1.0M        Juvenile (“Back That Azz Up” - 22M)
1.0M        Plies (“Ran Off On The Plug Twice” - 21M)

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Is Migos Holding Quavo Back From Becoming a Breakout Solo Star?

There’s been an ongoing joke on social media for the last few years that Migos are the male version Destiny’s Child. The comparison has nothing to do with music, and everything to do with Quavo’s undeniable star power.

There's a noticeable popularity surrounding Quavo, people see him as the group's leader, and the member most likely to achieve solo success. Kelly and Michelle were both talented vocalists, key ingredients to what made Destiny's Child such a sensation, but the girls didn’t carry the blinding glow Beyoncé Knowles. She had what cannot be bought, the kind X-factor that can be felt the moment she sings, dances, or even enters a room—the world knew Beyoncé had the radiant shine a future star that would go beyond an all-female singing group.

Quavo too exudes this shine and has the potential to break away from the trio and stand alone in this era rap music.

The group has had a huge influence on today’s sound; their flows and melodies have crawled into the veins trap culture, and it seems right to acclaim Quavo as heir to the trap throne. There’s swagger in his rhymes, charisma in his melodies, and an uncanny ability to turn a phrase into a hit.

During a short, promotional phone video for the Migos’ rap snacks—completely on the fly—Quavo came up with the “Dab Ranch” viral jingle. The video boomed across the internet, the gravitation toward the playful rhyme proving Quavo could be enticing without effort. The freestyle has ficially been made into a song that was recently previewed.

On Christmas, Quavo made a Migos-esque hook about Santa dropping the sack f, and Ducko McFli, one the producers on Mike Will’s Ear Drummers label, added a beat to the video clip, leading to the song accumulating over 43k plays on SoundCloud. Both examples display his innate gift to create captivating internet hits on a whim.

Quavo has outsourced his talents to peers on more than a few occasions. His prowess for hooks can be heard on 2 Chainz’s “Good Drank” and YFN Lucci’s “Key To The Streets”—both feature Quavo Wonder using his Auto-Tune-drenched Southern drawl to make infectious choruses.

One Quavo’s best performances, though, can be found on Travis Scott’s debut album, his feature on “Oh My Dis Side” bringing to light the power his presence. The back-and-forth with Travis is like watching Klay Thompson and Steph Curry take turns draining 3's from beyond the arc. Another winning performance was executed on “Pick Up The Phone”—there’s a chemistry between Scott and Quavo that needs to be explored through a bigger project.

When Chance brought him in on as a feature on Surf, that's when my eyes opened, not only can he stand alone apart from Takef and Offset, but he can also go outside the comfort zone the trap. Young Thug’s  “F Cancer,” G-Eazy’s “Meantime,” Ty Dolla’s “Long Time” and Meek Mill’s “The Difference” are just a few times Quavo appeared without his Migos brethren but brought the same charisma that makes him stand out when they're together. 

Swae Lee, ½ Rae Sremmurd, has also received a mountain requests for solo music. When fans are engrossed with a particular member a group, they turn that admiration into a demand. After the release Culture, I’m certain that Quavo will be hounded to focus solely on himself.

He has solo records out, a few floating around the net, but they don't seem like true solitary efforts, failing to capture his star power like Migo songs and his impactful features. His voice has always been accompanied by others, always someone contributing to a hook or verse. Even though Offset and Takef don’t have the same star quality as Quavo, I feel like the three all contribute to Migos’ enchanting charm.

Recently, during the promo for their album, the Migos read a children's book over the “Bad and Boujee” instrumental while at Power 106. Watching it, seeing how they play f each other, the adding ad libs—the teamwork—is like watching a team scientists in a laboratory. Alone, they would sound silly, but together, there’s a sense comradery, a unified energy that turned a playful task into a magic moment. This same feeling is at the heart their music, the fun comes from the three playing f each other's energy.

It makes me wonder if from the very beginning, could Quavo had made it without Takef and Offset? Honestly, I believe he couldn’t. They're like Huey, Dewey, and Louie—it's hard to imagine the three apart. 

I’ve always been a fan Krayzie Bone. Out all the members Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, I thought his solo career had the most promise. His debut album, Thug Mentality 1999, was well-received and was awarded a Platinum plaque. His sophomore effort Thug on da Line also was met with applause and sold enough to go Gold. But after being featured on Chamillionaire’s ringtone phenomenon “Ridin,” he hasn’t made much an impact in mainstream rap.

You can have style, promise, and charisma but still struggle to find your place when it comes to longevity. Quavo’s potential will likely transition into some solo success, but there's no telling how big he can be alone. Migos are currently the biggest group in rap, they will likely continue to conquer 2017, but splitting up too soon could very well bring to an end a very good thing.

Groups break up, they take breaks, and they explore the possibility standing alone. It took Jeezy leaving Boyz In Da Hood to become the trap star that he is today. It took Lil Wayne being left behind by his Hot Boys brothers to carry Cash Money on his back and become a giant in the rap game. Sometimes, it takes the courage to step out by yourself to realize how big you can become.

There are other examples: The Cool Kids took some time apart, explored the world as solo acts, and came back together. People are excited to see what they do next. Absence will make your fans grow fonder.

Maybe that’s what the Migos should do—separate while they're loved, see what the world fers, and come back together like the trap Voltron to a roar applause. Who knows, maybe Offset and Takef will be the ones to rocket to rap stardom?

Together or apart, there’s no question that Quavo Knowles has enough star power to light up a Christmas tree. If he chooses the path a solo artist, he has all the promise to be the rap industry's next breakout star. 

By Yoh, aka Yohavo Knowles, aka @Yoh31

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Porn Stars in Music Videos: An Absurdly Detailed Investigation

When a story breaks that won't be covered fairly (or at all) by larger media moguls, RefinedHype DJBooth is there. When some sort injustice or wrongdoing goes unreported, RefinedHype DJBooth is there. We are the lighthouse in the foggy, treacherous seas internet journalism. A beacon hope where there is only despair. If we didn't prove it with our groundbreaking absurdly detailed investigation into rapper poses we will certainly do it now.

Recently, B.o.B put Allie Haze in one his videos. For those readers out there who don't know Haze—which judging by the speed the booty the week answers and the borderline unhealthy stalking ScHoolboy's video girls is none you—she is an adult film actress, A.K.A a porn star. Sure, putting a porn star in your music video is provocative, but that won't stop B.o.B and it certainly didn't stop these artists. It's time for an absurdly detailed investigation into porn stars in music videos.

So that's Allie Haze and Skin Diamond in one video? Hot damn! But this isn't first-time B.o.B has incorporated the use Academy Award-winning talent in his videos. You might remember the "Headband" lyric video, which features the booties Kristina Rose, Ava Rose and Sunny Lane, because how could you forget? Damn... five porn stars in just two videos? It looks like Bobby Ray might just be the King Porn Star Featured Music Videos.

Not so fast, says Eminem. While you know Em for his funny, ten satirical videos, Shady has also been known to put quite a few porn stars in his videos. Obviously, Lisa Ann was in the "We Made You" video because she looks just like Sarah Palin. The legendary Jenna Jameson was in the "Without Me" video and the equally as blond (though definitely less popular) Gina Lynn was in the "Superman" video. Also, I'm not sure if this counts, but Paris Hilton was in the "Just Lose It" video, and we all remember that video. But, that's not all. Apparently, Eminem spends more time on Redtube than a 14-year-old boy without parental supervision. Em also put Sasha Grey, perhaps the most famous porn star on Earth, in his "Space Bound" video. Sorry B.o.B, but I think Eminem has you beat not only in star power, but volume too; he has starred alongside more porn actresses than Ron Jeremy.

Eminem's porn star obsession also rubbed f (no pun intended) on his mentee, 50 Cent. In the "Disco Inferno" video, not just any booty would do (although there is a lot any booty anyway), so Fiddy called on Daisy Marie to really put the booty over the edge. Also, ironically, the video features a cameo from Nick Cannon, who isn't allowed to watch porn because Mariah says so. He has to settle for BET Uncut videos.

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Ranking Every Drake Album From Worst to Best

The glow promise and potential radiated by the end Drake’s verse on “Ransom.” The classic loosie was my introduction to the Toronto newcomer; Lil Wayne’s feature encouraged the initial listen, but I went back for the kid who said, “Add until they subtract me, I’ll never be your equal.” He captivated with wit and charisma, providing a first impression that led me to press play every time his name was attached to music posted on blogs.

In 2008, I didn’t expect that I would still be pressing play nine years later―I didn’t expect Drake to become the biggest music sensation since Kanye West―but since “Ransom,” I’ve listened and witnessed him grow and evolve, receive love and loathing, reach new peaks and jump over mountains with each new album. He is everything I never saw him becoming, but I’ve watched every step the way.

More Life is being heralded as a “playlist project,” but it’s safe to also see it as Drake’s seventh commercially released project. Almost every year since 2010, a new Drake project has been given to the world on a silver platter to be devoured. If you include the free mixtapes, the first being Room From Improvement in 2006, it’s been over 10 years since Drake started putting music out to be heard or ignored. For the next 10 years, his career will likely continue to be placed under the microscope―reviewed, criticized, championed, rated―but that is to be expected when you're a generation's biggest star. That title comes with endless conversation, debates, discussions and arguments.

Since discourse about Drake is both our present and it is our future, we decided to rank all Drake’s mixtapes and albums (and "playlists") from his humble beginnings to his latest ferings.

As a disclaimer, it's important to note that, personally, I prefer bars over harmonies and punchlines over melodies, but my favorite version Drake is when his albums balance these two skill sets. Since Drake has always been judged by the duality his rapping and singing post-So Far Gone, we felt it was appropriate to do the same here.


10. Room For Improvement

Ranking Every Drake Album From Worst to Best

Young Drake, the little brother to Little Brother. This is the Drake more influenced by the underground, by backpack rappers more than anyone on the charts. You can hear it in his flow, delivery and even the hooks―on this self-released, DJ Smallz-hosted mixtape Drake was out to truly prove himself as a rhyme slayer in a world full rappers uploading mixtapes to DatPiff and sending them to blogs.

This was the last time fans got a chance to hear Drake rap over a Lupe Fiasco instrumental, or hear him start a song with, “Get in my Slick Rick mode.” There are moments that shine with promise, glimpses an artist who could have been an underground darling, but as the title states, there was room for improvement.

Drake was still discovering himself as an artist―still finding his voice (at times he seems to be rapping in a library), searching for the pen a memorable songwriter and discovering the sound he could call his own. Drake wasn’t completely lost, but he had yet to find himself in the music.

There’s a sense nostalgia if you want to hear what Drake would sound like as a backpacker, but most the music doesn’t age well. 

Highlights: “A.M. 2 P.M.,” “Come Winter,” City Is Mine”

9. What a Time To Be Alive (w/ Future)

Ranking Every Drake Album From Worst to Best

Drake's collaborative project with Atlanta’s most renowned lean-sipping wizard is highlighted with booming trap anthems, but is mostly dominated by Future’s enthralling presence; Drake is a visitor on What a Time To Be Alive instead sharing the glowing spotlight. There’s a lack balance to truly make their union Shaq and Kobe, they’re more like Will and Carlton on the first season The Fresh Prince Bel-Air.

The production is a blessing―all the right architects were brought in to build the perfect foundation for some infectious records―and the project is easy on the ears, but it doesn't leave the listener with a strong desire to revisit as time goes by. What a Time To Be Alive is the Big Mac Drake’s catalog―sounds good when starving for a quick burger, but there are far better food options in his discography, and the same can be said about Future.

But hey, some days you just want a Big Mac, a large fry and a sweet tea to calm your hunger for junk food. 

Highlights: “Digital Dash,” “Diamonds Dancing,” “30 For 30 Freestyle”

8. Views

Ranking Every Drake Album From Worst to Best

Drake’s commercial behemoth: Views dominated charts and streams, and transcended him to the top both the rap and pop mountains but is the one album lacking the most luster in his catalog. Views is bloated with too many records, is long-winded in length, and struggles to maintain any kind captivation from beginning to end. It's enjoyable in small doses, especially sonically, but Drake was the anchor that truly dragged the ship down―some his most cringeworthy, corny raps can be found sprinkled across the 1 hour and 21-minute runtime.

Even when the music is superb―warm dancehall, quiet storm R&B and sugary pop make for some noticeable songs―people still look to Drake for rapping, and the raps on Views fell below the bar he set for himself at the beginning his career.

There’s a hollowness if you're seeking soul and nothing but boasting and bragging if you prefer painfully honest and sincere. While I liked the idea Views, and I enjoyed most the songs, as an album, as an entire body work, it is the Titantic―spectacular, grandiose, larger-than-life, but sinks towards the bottom Drake’s discography due to the many glaciers that ruined it’s sail to the top.

Highlights: “Feel No Ways,” “Redemption,” “Controlla”

7. Thank Me Later

Ranking Every Drake Album From Worst to Best

Drake’s commercial debut Thank Me Later is the type project that is forever changing positions in ranked lists. When I first heard this album back in 2010, it felt rushed, as if the music was crafted too quickly in order to ride the So Far Gone explosion. Over time, though, the album has grown on me.

You won’t find the best production or the best rapping or the best singing, but there’s an honesty that is prevalent on each track. Thank Me Later is the album made by an early-20s rapper who was suddenly thrust into the spotlight; you get the waves confidence and insecurities, the struggle to adjust and the fear failing.

This is one Drake’s clearest selfies, the first three songs exhibiting a level transparency that will always be relatable. The more Drake reaches the status an artist who caters to the world, the easier it is to appreciate the young rapper who poured his heart into every bar. Yeah, this was the st Drake, the throw-him-in-the-locker Drake, the sit-outside-your-ex-house-and-cry Drake, but that’s who Drake was—the Drake we knew the best. If only the album was better put together.

Highlights: "Karaoke," "Miss Me," "Find Your Love," "9AM in Dallas" (included as a bonus track on the UK iTunes version)

6. Comeback Season

Ranking Every Drake Album From Worst to Best

Comeback Season is a far more developed version  Room For Improvement, an example what happens when Charmander reaches level 16 and evolves into Charmeleon.

Lyrically, Drake is a much better rapper, a sharper pen with far more conviction in his voice. Comeback Season is the project where 40 begins working with Drake, as an engineer but not yet a producer. With 40 on the boards, the mix is far more pleasant on the ears. This is the Drake that I would have loved to hear as an artist signed under Jamla; 9th Wonder would’ve molded this baby Phonte into something special.

I get why this Drake is missed―this is before he started to really incorporate a strong R&B presence into his music―since this is the final form Backpack Drake. If you ever wanted to know what Drake sounds like over Dilla and 9th Wonder, this is the only project when such a phenomenon occurred. 

While quality rapping can be found on Comeback Season, it doesn't fer much appeal for repeat visits all these years later. Underground rap may desire this Drake, but he most likely would have hit a ceiling if he didn’t change his approach. He wouldn't destroy Billboard and become the world's biggest star rapping like Common Sense. 

Highlights: "Must Hate Money," "Think Good Thoughts," "Man the Year"

5. More Life

Ranking Every Drake Album From Worst to Best

More Life has only been in this world for a few days, so this is the most tentative and premature placement on this list. I went into this musical fering looking for a project that was better than his last, wondering if he could correct all the limitations that prevented Views from being a stronger project. Again, Drake went Titanic―a massive project full grandiose beats, global influences, and luxury raps―but despite another lengthy cruise, More Life is the far more enthralling experience.

More Life is a people pleaser as if he sought to touch every corner his audience and fulfill their every Drake desire; while this creates a project that essentially isn’t for everyone, you are likely to find the Drake you like most somewhere in the 1-hour and 20-minute listen.

There are only a handful lines that caused me to cringe, while most the music is pleasant to the ears. More Life is considered a “playlist project” because its 22 songs will be scattered across playlists and Drake will be completely unavoidable. This is his attempt at conquering streaming, cornering the market, while pleasing a majority his fans.

As an album, it suffers from a few the same shortcomings as Views, but it’s an overall improvement in almost every way. Time will tell, but this position could change as we sit with the album more.

Highlights: "Free Smoke," "Passionfruit," "Do Not Disturb"

4. If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late

Ranking Every Drake Album From Worst to Best

If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, the surprise mixtape they refuse to call an album. 

In a way, this album is the complete opposite Thank Me Later―braggadocious, boastful, with an arrogance that was rare to see. This is the album where Charmeleon becomes a self-assured Charizard. This is Drake going into the trap atmosphere with vigor and zeal, rapping with an assortment tricks that makes each song a memorable moment.

I’ve always felt like this was Drake’s victory lap, the project you drop when you feel as if no man on this Earth can stop your reign. Despite being a sonic change, this is one Drake’s most cohesive, well-balanced albums; he delved into the trap on his own terms, never feeling like an outsider.

It can be argued that Quentin Miller’s pen is the reason why Drake was able to make such a graceful leap into a new environment, and while If You’re Reading This will always be seen as the project that outed Drake as a ghostwriter employer, the music is undeniable.

How can you hate on the stream bangers from “Legend” to “6 God?” Or "6 Man"? IYRTITL houses, arguably, one Drake’s best R&B cuts in “Jungle.” Even if this album will always be seen as more an orphan than fspring, the music captured a moment and continues to age well.

Highlights: "Energy," "Know Yourself," "6 Man"

3. Nothing Was The Same

Ranking Every Drake Album From Worst to Best

“Tuscan Leather” is the best intro that Drake has ever made. I will fight any man, man-child, or Demogorgon about that. From Drake’s rapping to the way 40 flipped the sample like a master chef making a supreme flapjack, it’s an incredible way to begin the album.

From there, Nothing Was The Same delves deeper into the psyche a blossoming rap star coming f an acclaimed sophomore LP. Cohesion is both the gift and curse NWTS, the album is a seamless listen and it flows effortlessly―smoother than driving a brand new Porsche in Malibu. At the same time, however, that same cohesiveness sucks you into a world that begins to feel repetitive, by not adding variety to the album's soundscape, even good songs feel extraneous.

Is it necessary to have “Wu-Tang Forever” and “Own It?” “Started From The Bottom” and “Worst Behavior?” “Connect” and “305 To My City?”

NWTS is Drake showing that he is a master his universe, understanding the balance between bourgeois rap star and R&B aficionado, strip club connoisseur and famous casanova, the honest transparency mixed with bulletpro bravado. This isn't a cover-to-cover listen, but after this hit the mainstream, as the title suggests, nothing was ever the same.

Highlights: "Tuscan Leather," "Furthest Thing," "Too Much"

2. Take Care

Ranking Every Drake Album From Worst to Best

The album that will be argued until the end days as Drake’s "undeniable classic." Take Care, a moment that rap will never forget. I fear that the moment has always clouded my judgment on this album, like being attached to a memory better days.  

Sure, Drake will get flak for making “Marvin’s Room,” but at the time, I never heard a song that was so painfully pure on the radio. Take Care has so many these bleeding vein moments, like Drake didn’t care if an audience heard him spill out his soul, the words needed to come out. He embraced being the simp, he embraced his fury against naysayers―everything he was feeling in his life at the moment can be heard on this album―and he got in touch with his feelings and let them live over incredible production.

Some his best music is on this album―”Cameras/Good Ones Go,” “Doing It Wrong,” “Underground King,” “Look What You’ve Done,” “The Ride,” “Over My Dead Body,”―with the highs hovering way over Toronto's CN Tower. It should be noted that The Weeknd’s contribution to this album can’t be overlooked, he is a big reason why Take Care sounds the way it does. 

The Drake that will always earn my money is the genuine, earnest, honest rapper who captures a generation kids chasing dreams, loving and losing, all while striving to leave a mark on the world. Take Care left a mark.

Highlights: "Over My Dead Body," "Marvin's Room," "Cameras / Good Ones Go Interlude"

1. So Far Gone

Ranking Every Drake Album From Worst to Best

Everything good that I’ve written about Drake in this ranking feature can be found in So Far Gone, his breakout project and magnum opus. And to be clear, we're talking about the mixtape, with all Drake's original vision intact, not the watered-down, commercial cash grab that was the EP.

Drake isn’t a complicated rapper. When it comes to depth, he isn’t taking us into the deep end, but he’s great at allowing us entrance into his life. So Far Gone is the doorway into the world Aubrey Graham. He finds his voice as a singer without sacrificing his prowess as a rapper, is able to craft great songs with nod-worthy bars, is cohesive without being repetitive, and even though he owes Kanye and Cudi for the soundscape, Drake makes this dreamy, R&B-drenched world his own.

If More Life is a slice Drake’s broad palette, So Far Gone is a Hyperbolic Time Chamber where he makes the most with limited tools. As a pony with only a few tricks, he made sure each one was better than the last.

This is the first project where 40 took on the role producer, flipping all the samples that Drake desired. He found his sound while penning some his most heartfelt music. Cool and sensitive, romantic yet with more heartbreak than heartbroken, assured with a hint doubt―So Far Gone was the mixtape Drake was born to make and the album he’ll always try to overcome.

From front to back, So Far Gone is his best work to date.

Highlights: "Lust For Life," "November 18th," "Say What's Real"

By Yoh, aka You Can Hate Me Now, aka @Yoh31

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Tyrese Appears To Heavily Clown XXXTENTACION

Although XXXTENTACION’s face tattoos were noticeably absent, it still appears that actor/model Tyrese took to Instagram to clown the polarizing rapper, citing him as an example for why he doesn’t use drugs.

“When you look in the mirror after drinking and smoking and popping every pill they tell you to pop from these hip hop songs,” he wrote on Saturday morning (September 20). “My whole life I’ve proudly always said #NoToDrugs.”

The photo strongly resembles the Broward County, Florida native, who recently shaved f his eyebrows and dyed his signature dreads grey. One commenter chided the Fast & Furious star for “bullying,” writing, “This is Bullying.. if u think this man is on drugs u should reach out privately to help him. Not publicly try to embarrass him. At the end the day this is someone’s child.”

Others applauded him for even broaching the topic drugs in Hip Hop.

“i usually don’t agree with your rants but im grateful you were man enough to say something about the current state hip hop,” one Instagram user wrote. “God knows somebody needs too. Thank you @tyrese.”

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Ed Sheeran's viral hit just became Spotify's most-streamed song ever – Dancing Astronaut

Music streaming has now reached the the point where it’s no longer enough to reach 1 billion plays. The real prize is to be the most streamed.

‘s “Lean On” laid claim to the most-streamed title in 2016 after it became the first became song to cross the 1 billion streams threshold, though its title was usurped by Drake’s infinitely popular “One Dance.”

Now, there is a new champion as British singer-songwriter , whose pop hit “Shape You” is currently the most streamed track on the service. The track currently also holds records for most streams in a single day, crossing 10 million plays on its release date, and Sheeran’s album Divide reached a jaw dropping 57 million plays in 24 hours.

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Daft Punk reveal the men behind the robots in rare documentary footage [Watch] – Dancing Astronaut

 

Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo are better known as the robotic dance duo Daft Punk, who more or less played a role in dance music’s permanent explosion into the main stream psyche. A popular question by fans about the enigmatic characters, however, is who they are beyond their futuristic personas. Luckily, a brand new French documentary titled Les débuts des Daft Punk – Daft Punk Unchained can shed a little light on this much-discussed topic.

Much time has passed since an image a de-masked Daft Punk have been revealed — 22 years, to be exact. They’ve done such a good job at remaining in complete anonymity, according to the documentary, that they can even take the Parisian metro with zero fans coming up to ask for photographs. However, Daft Punk Unchained, has happened upon a rare cameo Thomas Bangalter from a Quentin Dupieux film that came out in 2015, where the musician can be seen sitting in a waiting room reading the newspaper.

While not particularly fascinating, this rare glimpse is certainly enough to have Daft Punk followers clamoring to view the short cameo and get a better glimpse who Daft Punk really are. Ultimately, however, they mysterious outfit has once again succeeded in generating an unimaginable amount hype without even trying  — a classic skill, indeed.

 

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"Chopper" Is The Most Hip Hop Word & Other Lessons From New Vocabulary Study

Ever noticed that the word “trapping” features in way more Hip Hop songs than it does in songs by Céline Dion or Dolly Parton?

Matt Daniels at The Pudding and a team researchers put together a study that looked at about 50,000 Hip Hop songs from popular artists to uncover the specific words that are said way more ten by Hip Hop artists than artists any other genre. The study also compared Hip Hop artists to one another, to reveal which words are most unique to each artist.

Comparing the likelihood that a word appears in a rap song to the likelihood that it appears in a song another genre, the study found that “chopper” is the most Hip Hop word. “Stunting,” “flexing,” “mane,” “trill,” “trapping,” “homie,” “balling,” “realest,” and “snitch” make up the entire Top 10 (in that order).

“Sailed” is the least Hip Hop word.

Some proper nouns also feature — including Nike and Biggie. Which makes sense, since we can’t remember the last time Billy Joel or Bruce Springsteen sang about either those things.

The study for which words are most central to each artists looked at 1. words that an artist says more than the genre average (N.W.A’s use “police”) and 2. rare words in hip hop – if an artist says it, there’s a good chance you know who it was (N.W.A’s use “Compton”).”

Unsurprisingly, some the words you’re more likely to hear in a JAY-Z song include “Hov,” “Jigga” and “Roc.” Some are a little more left field, like Kendrick Lamar’s Top 10 including words like “Lucy,” “Abusing,” and “Vanity” (although his number one word is “Compton”).

In some cases what sets a rapper apart isn’t even a real word. Lil Yachty’s number one Most Yachty word is “Skrrrt,” for example, although Kodak Black, Drake and Migos are also known to use it.

In general, it looks like the words most unique to specific rappers tend to be their hometown or state, or a list their own nicknames, or one-f words from unusual song titles — such as “Cocoa” from “Cocoa Butter Kisses” by Chance The Rapper.

Definitely check out the full breakdown here.

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Travis Scott Wants To Turn His Next Tour Into An Amusement Park

Travis Scott may be becoming a father in the near future, but right now he’s focused on elevating the tour experience to his fans across the world. In a new feature published in Rolling Stone, Scott reveals that for the accompanying tour supporting his yet-to-be-released album Astroworld, he wants his concerts to double as amusement parks.

According to Scott, he’d like to perform while different park rides are going on around him. “I don’t know why it hasn’t been done already — I think people just don’t do shit,” he says. “Who makes stages these days that are that cool?

Amusement park rides aren’t that far f from the chaotic performances for which he’s already known. In July, Scott performed on an enormous animatronic bird as he opened for Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. tour stop in Phoenix, Arizona. At some points during the performance, Travis stood on top the bird as it was suspended in mid-air. He would go on to perform with it on multiple stops The DAMN. Tour. Scott was inspired to create the bird after a visit to Legoland in San Diego, according to Rolling Stone. 

Back in May, Scott was arrested for inciting a riot after encouraging fans to rush on stage in Rogers, Arkansas. Police revealed that several people were injured, including a security guard and a police ficer. Scott pleaded not guilty to the charges. He revealed to Rolling Stone that the incident didn’t have an impact on his onstage behavior. “People gotta understand, sometimes shit gets out control,” he says. “I’m not trying to cause no harm — I just perform.” He then says that a possible solution would be getting more popular than he is already.

“I think I just gotta get into bigger spaces, have more space to get in,” he says.

Read the full prile on Rolling Stone here.

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