21. Drake f/ Rick Ross "Lord Knows" (2011)
Album: Take Care
Producer: Just Blaze
"Lord Knows" plays a key role in Drake's Take Care. Driven by a propulsive beat built around a church choir—easily one of Just Blaze's best beats in recent memory—the song was a regal anthem that seemed to embody the triumphant spirit of Drake's newest LP.
Ross, "the only fat nigga in the sauna with jews," has an exceptional verse, but the song is Drake's own; admitting to his own insecurity, he cops to going through his girl's phone while she's in the bathroom, detailing the distrust of women brought on by fame. He also talks about how much things have changed for stars pondering about past greats: "I wonder if they'd ever survive in this era/In a time when it's recreation to pull all your skeletons out the closet like Halloween decorations."
"Lord Knows" was the album's centerpiece, a moment around which all of the atmosphere and introversion fell away in favor of confident—albeit still neurotic—bombast. —DD