Drake has two albums on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest albums of all time
Drake’s 2011 album Take Care and his 2015 “mixtape” If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late made Rolling Stone’s list for the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Take Care is no. 95 on the list, while IYRTITL comes in at no. 367.
Rolling Stone began their list of the 500 greatest albums of all time back in 2003. An ambitious mission, the list is compiled of 86 albums from this century and 154 are new additions that were absent from the 2003 and 2012 edition of this list.
Rolling Stone writes: “Just when everyone was ready for more pop sensitivity from Drake, he went street. If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late was a mixtape for his rap base — no radio hits or catchy hooks, just his harshest beats and rhymes. It sums up Drake’s willingness to switch lanes at any moment. (Just a few months later, he swerved back into soft-soul territory on “Hotline Bling.”) He spends his money and curses his enemies in paranoid bangers like “10 Bands.””
“The Toronto MC had his creative and commercial breakthrough on Take Care, establishing his image as the Champagne Papi who can always find a way to overshare, whether in the club or the bedroom. Drake covers both seductive R&B finesse and hip-hop swagger, with his longtime producer Noah “40” Shebib, along with guests like Rihanna and Jamie xx. “Marvin’s Room” is the showstopper — late at night, Drake drunk-dials his ex to figure out what went wrong (“I’ve had sex four times this week, I’ll explain/I’m having a hard time adjusting to fame”). Hard time or not, Take Care showed that Drake is always best when he bares his feelings in the spotlight.”