Have you heard? This rapper Drake is dropping his fourth studio album, VIEWS, and according to the man himself, “There’s like 20 songs on there.” Depending on the strength of these verses, this collection right here could change dramatically come Friday. But for now, as the hype builds to deafening Christmas Eve levels, let’s reflect on how we got here.
How did an former Degrassi star take over the game? By rapping his ass off, that’s how. “Best I Ever Had” feels like a decade ago. and it should—you won’t see too much early Drake on here, seeing as how he’s gotten better damn near each year (though 2013 was probably his peak thus far). Here are Drake’s 25 best verses to date.