Drake, the multifaceted Toronto born rapper, and sometimes actor, known locally as “The 6 God” is a polarizing figure. You either love him or hate him, one thing for certain; there’s no denying that this man has talent. The 6 God has transformed hip-hop music with his unique sound since his arrival to the scene in 2009.
The emcee is currently gearing up for the release of his highly anticipated fourth studio album Views From The 6. In honour of the impending release LYFSTYL looks back at our ten favourite Drizzy music videos.
What’s your favourite music video of his?
The voluptuous vixen Kyra Chaos stars in the drool worthy visuals for “Practice”, taken from Drake’s classic sophomore album Take Care. In the video Kyra dances seductively in her bedroom mirror. Drizzy surprises her from behind and the cameras cut as they take it to the bed.
“Girl you look good won’t you back that ass up
You a fine motherfucker won’t you back that ass up
Call me Big Daddy won’t you back that ass up
Girl who is you playing with, back that ass up”
9. The Motto (feat. Lil Wayne, Tyga)
Drake cruises the Bay in the visuals for “The Motto,” a track in which he pays direct homage to legendary Bay Area emcee Mac Dre.
“How you feel? How you feel? How you feel?
Twenty five sittin’ on 25 mil uh
I’m in the building and I’m feeling myself
Rest in peace Mac Dre, I’mma do it for the Bay”
The visuals for “5AM In Toronto”, takes place at Beach Blast Toronto a local indoor and outdoor volleyball court in the 6ix. The video shows Drizzy hanging out with the OVO crew, taking in all the sights of the beautiful women all while he declares war upon fellow rappers and his haters. Sadly the track did not make the final cut on his 3rd studio album Nothing Was The Same🙁
7. Hold On, We’re Going Home (feat. Majid Jordan)
“Hold On, We’re Going Home” is set in 1985, scarface-esque video. It shows Drake showing off his chops to save his kidnapped girlfriend from a rival crew. A$AP Rocky, Majid Jordan, Chubs, Chicago rapper Fredo Santana and actor Steven Bauer all make cameos throughout the visuals.
6. Take Care (feat. Rihanna)
Directed by Yoann Lemon the visuals for “Take Care” is pure perfection. It features stunning, extremely artistic slo-mo shots of bulls charging, birds taking flight, arrows, a fire and the electric chemistry between Drake and Rihanna.
5. Started From The Bottom
“Started From The Bottom” shows Drake’s gradual climb to stardom. It skips his days as a child actor, but shows The 6 God working in a drug store as the night manager, before becoming the legend that he is today.
Bonus: Watch Bart Simpson recreate the video.
4. Hotline Bling
Capitalizing on his recent partnership with Apple, The 6 God released the hilarious video for “Hotline Bling”, exclusively through Apple Music. Directed by Canadian music video maker Director X, the video shows a phone sex hotline company before flipping to a minimal but colourful set to showcase Drake’s best dance moves.
On “Worst Behavior,” Champagne Papi takes open shots at his haters and even channels Mase’s verse on “Mo Money Mo Problems” over a heavy-hitting beat that plays like a citywide alert for everyone to move out of his lane. The video features cameo’s from the Hot Boys’ Turk, Project Pat, Juicy J and many more.
Like “Hotline Bling”, “Energy” premiered exclusively through Apple Music and was taken from his surprise album / mixtape If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. Directed by Fleur and Manu, the video shows Drake impersonating a variety of famous people, including Miley Cyrus, Barack Obama, Oprah, Kanye West, Justin Bieber and more.
1. HYFR (Hell Ya Fucking Right)
Drake throws himself the ultimate Bar Mitzvah in the visuals for “HYFR (Hell Ya Fucking Right).” We see archive footage, in which little Drake shows off his pre “Hotline Bling” dance moves before cutting to the greatest Bar Mitzvah of all-time.