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10 Best Songs on Certified Lover Boy: Drake’s 2021 Album

10 Best Songs on Certified Lover Boy: Drake’s 2021 Album

Before releasing the house-filled 2022 album, “Honestly, Nevermind,” Drake had seven hit studio albums, each with a unique sound.

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Read this article to find out what are the ten best songs on Certified Lover Boy.

“Certified Lover Boy” was the sixth album by Canadian rapper Drake, released on January 2021. The album features 21 songs and boasts enormous names in the industry, such as JAY-Z, Future, Young Thug, and Travis Scott.

Certified Lover Boy song ratings weren’t incredibly high, especially compared to his previous albums. Many people thought that the album was too slow or overindulgent. Even still, a record-breaking nine songs made it to the top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100,

This article will provide a Certified Lover Boy breakdown, detailing what we believe are the ten best songs on Certified Lover Boy and why.

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“Way 2 Sexy” Featuring Future & Young Thug

“Way 2 Sexy” is the most-streamed song on Certified Lover Boy — for good reasons. It’s funny, catchy, and features two of the best rappers in the game — Future and Young Thug.

The song is a play-off on Right Said Fred’s 1991 smash hit “I’m Too Sexy,” which brings a bass-heavy, hip-hop flair to the music.

“Way 2 Sexy” is one of the best songs on Certified Lover Boy for parties or the club because the beat is catchy and easy to groove to. It’s also an excellent song for getting ready in the morning or anytime you want to perk up and feel good about yourself.


“Knife Talk” Featuring 21 Savage and Project Pat

“Knife Talk” demonstrates the “tough” side of Drake, which comes out in some songs more than others (think “Nonstop” or “0 to 100”).

It has a very aggressive and slightly malicious tone that fits with the violent and hostile lyrics about gang banging.

Whether Drake knows what it’s like to be in a gang is questionable, but he presumably has hung around enough people that he knows what to say and how to act to demand the same level of respect — or “street cred.”

It’s a heavy bass-banging song perfect for head-bobbing in the car or playing in the background when hanging out with friends.


“Champagne Poetry”

Back to “soft” Drake, the opposite side of “tough” Drake that we see in songs like “Hotline Bling” and “One Dance.”

“Champagne Poetry” is one of the best songs on “Certified Lover Boy” for its incredible production value and soundscape. The song is built around the sample of “I love you, I love you, I love you” from “Michelle” by The Beatles.

Additionally, “Champagne Poetry” was welcomed by many long-time Drake fans, as it has a similar musical style as songs from his Take Care album, like “Marvin’s Room.”


“Fair Trade”

Fair Trade is one of the most appreciated songs from the album across various tastes and preferences.

Both fans who love hard-hitting beats and fans who love thoughtful lyrics can appreciate “Fair Trade.”

This song has meaningful lyrics about Drake’s life, emotions, and specific circumstances from his life in the public eye. Still, it’s a great song to sit back with and vibe.


“Papi’s Home”

Being confident or even arrogant is a common trait among rappers who want to prove or flaunt their status in the rap game. Drake doesn’t shy away from this mentality in much of his music, and “Papi’s Home” is no different.

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Drake openly brags about his accomplishments and calls himself “Papi” to allude to the idea that other rappers are his “sons” or below him.

Nicki Minaj is not technically featured in the song, but Drake samples her talking crap to other people to further support this track’s humorously arrogant and competitive feel.


“TSU”

“TSU” is about the life and hardship of a former stripper trying to get her life together and make the most of what she has.

Drake speaks as someone who has gone to the strip club and watched her, supporting her endeavors as a stripper.

However, her parents presumably either don’t agree with her career choice or are not around for other reasons, so it’s hard for her to get the money she needs to start her business plan.

Drake uses his signature storytelling skills to make a relatable track about the type of person many might otherwise wrongfully judge or criticize.

The acronym and song title “TSU” refers to Texas Southern University, an HBCU in Houston.


“IMY2” Featuring Kid Cudi

One of CLB’s most underrated songs is “IMY2,” an acronym for I Miss You Too. Drake collaborates with Kid Cudi to make a thoughtful yet still bass-heavy track.

Drake has a slightly complicated history with Cudi, even making disses at him in the song “Two Birds, One Stone.” However, this song is an emblem of them squashing their beef and becoming friends again.

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Both artists have been vocal about their mental health struggles, so it’s no surprise that there are deep lyrics throughout this track from both of them.


“Fountains” Featuring Tems

Drake is no stranger to incorporating sounds and musical inspiration from around the globe, and he teams up with Nigerian vocalist Tems in this eclectic, afrobeat-inspired track.

“Fountains” is a fantastic example of Drake using his platform and influence to help bring up-and-coming artists up — especially extremely talented ones like Tems — instead of only collaborating with already big names.


“Love All” Featuring JAY-Z

“Love All” is another slow, “Take Care”-reminiscent song with numerous catchy punchlines that people quickly began using for quotes and social media captions.

The beat is smooth and soulful, and Drake’s sing-song rap flow matches it perfectly.

Instead of being a testimony to how rich and famous Drake and Jay are, this song delves into the depth and complexities of their unique level of success.

Drake makes a statement about pouring out his soul, and he does exactly that on this track.


“Pipe Down”

Lastly, Drake’s “Pipe Down” is a true ode to the album’s title, as he raps about a complicated relationship.

He’s a certified lover boy in that he can get many women, but on the flip side, he is far from immune to emotional entanglement with women.

Drake has never been and will likely never be afraid to express his feelings and even convey sadness, irritability, frustration, and heartbreak in his tracks.

Final Thoughts

This is our rating Certified Lover Boy songs. It’s in no way objective or unarguable, but we factor in various aspects of this album’s hits, including theme, style, lyrics, flow, and instrumentals.

Overall, this is a complex album that some say got too much credit and others feel is criminally overrated.