5. Drake f/ Lil Wayne "Miss Me" (2010)
Album: Thank Me Later
Producer: Boi-1da, Noah "40" Shebib
When you heard Drake had song called “Miss Me,” you’d might have thought it was about to be one of those “emo” songs, but this is far from it. One of Drake’s most celebratory records, we find Drake in the strip club in the city of the purple Sprite “stacking dollars to the perfect height.” He even invites big name strippers like Maliah out to join him before interrupting his own verse to say he’s in love with Nicki Minaj.
But what really makes this song work is the beat, produced by Boi-1da and 40, that samples Hank Crawford’s "Wildflower" which had previously been sampled by Kanye for “Drive Slow” and 2Pac for “Shorty Wanna Be A Thug.” 40 (with a little help from mentor Gadget) was able to turn the sample out, giving it an unwinding, at times disorienting sound that makes it sound like watching a GIF of confetti falling. This is what it sounds like when Drake does right and kills everything. —IA