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  • Awesome Music:
    • "Take Care." Even the Auto-tune works well with the cold, regretful tone of the song.
    • "Nice For What", featuring a funky, danceable beat sampling Lauryn Hill as well as some great wordplay from Drake.
  • Crack Pairing: Him and Soulja Boy on "We Made It".
  • Ending Fatigue: Neither "We'll Be Fine" from Take Care nor "The Language" from Nothing Was The Same need Birdman doing a 40-second+ outro of dull, cliched talking.
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  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Judging by critical reaction and sales, Rihanna seems to be one whenever she appears on his song and vice versa.
  • Fandom Heresy: Discussed in "Fear", with "Don't take this the wrong way but/I never cried when Pac died/ But I probably will when Hov does". Later on he explained that it wasn't meant to be a diss, but that he was 9 when Tupac died and didn't really understand it.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Him and Rihanna, mostly because of their chemistry together in many songs and partly because they want to get her away from Chris Brown.
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • Drake fans vs. Common fans. This is not helped by the artists' various Twitter battles.
    • Also Drake vs. Chris Brown fans. This got especially heated when Rihanna is involved.
    • The infamous Drake vs. Meek Mill beef.
    • Recently, Drake vs Pusha T has been a heated debate as to whether Pusha's song, Story of Adidon, is the greatest diss track since 2001's Ether, or a futile attempt to gain relevance. What makes this song so polarizing is the debate about whether it's okay to reveal that Drake is a deadbeat father with a baby by a pornstar.
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  • Fountain of Memes: And Drake is fully aware of it too.
  • Growing the Beard: First Take Care, which refined his rap/R'n'B/pop aesthetic, and then Nothing Was The Same, which combined all three styles into each song rather than separate genre track went further. The singles he's released habitually since Nothing Was The Same's release are where people who weren't already fans have started to take notice however. He's even had comparisons to Jay-Z.
  • Heartwarming Moments: The music video for God's Plan is basically Drake going around and giving inordinate amounts of money to people to help them with their lives, such as paying for a girls' post-secondary education. He also does several meet-and-greets for different fans, with many of them crying in joy at the sight of him.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • On his album Graffiti, Chris Brown had a song with a line "Drake would say that you're the best he ever had". Come the 2016 VMAs...
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    • Drake's verse in "Only" begins with him asserting that he and Nicki Minaj never had sex, but they would as soon as she and her boyfriend broke up. Not long after, Nicki broke up with her longtime boyfriend, Safaree Samuels and started dating Meek Mill.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • YOLO (You Only Live Once), the titular "Motto".
    • "Drake the type of nigga that (insert very polite action here)."
    • "Started from the Bottom" has many memes based on its opening lines.
    • "No New Friends" has its own Tumblr based on all of the new friends Drake has made over the years.
    • "(thing) goin' up... on a Tuesday!" – even though it's not his song, Drake's remix was undoubtedly what made the line go viral.
    • His “Hotline Bling” dance.
    • "Hotline Bling" has often been compared to the Wii Shop Channel music and vice versa. There's even a mashup of the two.note 
    • "No don't do it, please don't do it" from "Headlines".
    • The album artwork for Views (which has Drake Photoshopped to be sitting on top of the CN Tower) has gotten extremely popular just based off of people editing out Drake and making him sit on all kinds of things.
    • Two from God's Plan- the "She say do you love me" bar, as well as the image of Drake passionately hugging a teary eyed fan.
  • Misattributed Song: Pretty much any song he guest stars on has been misattributed to him, especially when the lead artist is largely unknown. Justified Trope in the case of Rick Ross's "Aston Martin Music", because in the full version (used in the music video) Drake raps for about half the song.
  • Moment of Awesome: "Back to Back", his second diss track to Meek Mill in the same week. His first track "Charged Up" was merely seen as okay, but when this track dropped, people were already talking about funeral arrangements for Meek.
  • Narm:
    • "Hotline Bling". It's a song about a broken man angsting over his ex. But a few of the lyrics are unintentionally funny and the video is absolutely hilarious thanks to the setting, Drake's costumes, and dancing.
    • Some listeners have a similar reaction to his use of Jamaican slang complete with a fake accent on much of Views and More Life.
  • Narm Charm: "Hotline Bling" is undisputably Drake's most popular song ever, despite (and in part because of) its narm-y parts and video.
  • Never Live It Down: People won't let him forget being on Degrassi.
    Daquan: "Drake did not get shot in Degrassi for this." (referring to a video of Donald Trump dancing to Hotline Bling on Saturday Night Live)
  • Older Than They Think: We've had the saying, "you only live once," since 1937 and possibly longer ago, even in music. Suicide Silence fans were annoyed with the large amount of Drake fans turning up on the video of their 2011 song with abusive comments. Especially considering singer Mitch Lucker's death in 2012.
  • Retroactive Recognition: For his younger fans especially, who may not have watched Degrassi: The Next Generation while he was on that show.
  • Signature Song: Drake has had many chart topping hits to his name, but these songs stick out the most:
    • “Best I Ever Had”: His Breakthrough Hit and one of 2009’s biggest songs.
    • "Hotline Bling": The Snark Bait style music video that vent viral and was subject to a number of memes.
    • "One Dance": His first #1 on Billboard as a lead artist and the top summer song of 2016.
    • "God's Plan": His second #1 on Billboard as a lead artist; due to record-breaking stream numbers, a heartwarming music video, and (once again) memes.
      • "The Motto" also deserves a mention for starting a popular meme (noticing a pattern here?): YOLO.
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel: "Wednesday Night Interlude". Everything from PARTYNEXTDOOR's singing to the ethereal harmonization.
  • Tearjerker: "Over". The chorus is surprisingly depressing because he knows his fame is one day going to die out.
    • "Hotline Bling" for anyone who has ever had a relationship end incredibly bitterly.
    • "Marvins Room" is pretty depressing as well, no matter whether Drake comes off as rightfully heartbroken or just pathetic.
  • Snark Bait: "Hotline Bling." The song itself is quite snarkable, but everything about the video is pure 100% snark-bait. From his outfits, (especially) his solo dancing, the random women in the video, it's by far his most popular song largely for this reason. It's inspired more parodies than any video released around that time.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: "Nice For What", a song that gets straight to the point about how hard women work and how they don't need to submit to others who talk down on them. It helps that Drake subtly criticizes the hip-hop industry in the song for objectifying women.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: "Hotline Bling" is supposed to come off as being from the viewpoint of someone who had a deeply disappointing end to a relationship and can't stop being reminded of how their ex seems to be doing so much better than them, but instead makes the protagonist (presumably Drake) come off as whiny, clingy, and controlling, and the bridge in particular approaches Stalker with a Crush territory with some painfully misogynistic overtones. Instead of "why did it have to end like this?", it comes off as being more a case of "you became your own person and moved on and that's unacceptable".
  • Wangst: "Worst Behavior". His... acting in the music video sells it.
    • "Hotline Bling". See above.


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