Album: Take Care
Producer: Chase N. Cashe, Noah “40” Shebib
Rappers love thanking, and repaying, the family members who helped them make it. From 2Pac's "Dear Mama" to Kanye's "Hey Mama," it's a recurring theme in the genre and Drake's ode to his mother and uncle belongs in the same pantheon of gratitude heavy rap classics.
The record samples an obscure YouTube video of late R&B talent Static Major. Its lush piano chords set a gorgeous backdrop for Drake's tales of fighting with his mom years before flying her to Rome and sneaking into his uncle's pool years before giving him back all of the money he was owed.
He's terribly honest about the ups and downs of both relationships, which makes it even more touching. By the time his grandmother's voicemail comes in while the song fades out, you're in the midst of a serious emotional overload. —Ernest Baker