After teaming up with Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper “Jimmy Cooks” to close Drizzy’s Honestly, never mind album earlier this year, the “Knife Talk” duo decided to move forward with a full collab album.
It’s been a deceptive, yet fascinating rollout of Her loss when Drake and 21 did a fake Vogue magazine and teased one Small desk Concert which does not debut on NPR in a minute. The 6 God even joked about his porn fetish in a mock interview with radio legend Howard Stern, leading to his bizarre hentai post on his Instagram Story hours before showtime.
Drake is certainly no stranger to the art of collaboration, having dished out assists as an NBA point guard for more than a decade. Her loss is a rollercoaster ride that boasts 16 tracks with a single credited guest appearance sprinkled in from Travis Scott.
Pour on and scroll through our song rankings below.
16. “Privileged Rappers”
Being a “privileged rapper” is a label that Drake is tired of hearing about. He calls out those who walk around the business with their heads held high even though they haven’t had a hit in years, while 21 uses its 16 bars to flaunt a certain love interest. Either way, this isn’t going to be anyone’s favorite record.
15. “Treacherous Twins”
There isn’t enough bromance in rap. The Atlanta-bred rhymer and Drake show love to each other as “Treacherous Twins” — or they might be talking about other people entirely. Either way, there are times when simplicity wins. Such was the case for 21 Savage as he leaves a cheeky bar about how he’ll never be ID’d in nightclubs because they already know he’s 21.
14. “Hours in Silence”
The tempo is slowed down in a kind of break of six minutes. Drake refills his glass of wine and remembers some of his mistakes in romantic encounters. “Hours in Silence” finds Drizzy running into the same toxic woman issues that plagued him Beware while essentially boxing 21 Savage out of the marathon. Whether it’s the regret of buying her a Rolex or even an apartment within the first month, it’s simply a reality most listeners can’t relate to.
13. Broke Boys
21 Savage finally gets the best of Drizzy on a record by unanimous decision. The “Sneakin'” duo don’t want to talk to broken boys, but unfortunately for fans, that’s about 99.99 percent of listeners compared to Drake and 21. They both give adidas the middle finger while proudly wearing their Nike stripes, which should do Kanye happy. However, “Broke Boys” sits at the back of the line when it comes to album favorites.
12. “I Think It’s F–k Me”
First of all, what a song title for a worthy album closer. Drake is always calculated and precise with what message he wants to leave fans with before entering the next era of music. Here, Drizzy waxes evocative of a certified lover girl, painfully admitting at times that he has no choice but to avoid the truth, even if it’s followed up with a flex about how his Air Drake plane couldn’t even land in the small Hamptons Airport. “Truth or dare, I’ma take a double dare/ The truth is suicide/ I’d rather live a lie, keep you on the outside,” he raps.
11. “Pussy and Millions”
The solo-credited feature comes to the rescue on “Pussy & Millions,” giving the album a different texture thanks to the Houston rager. Travis Scott warms up as the fans pretend to be more UTOPIA‘s landing is waiting shortly.
10. “More M’s”
Metro Boomin’s reunion with 21 Savage is always a dangerous but welcome combination. “More M’s” adds to the list of Metro-21-Drake collaborations that includes “No Complaints” and “Mr. Right Now.” The 6 God invades the beat “skating like a Montreal Canadien.” Drake confidently claims that a Verzuz match with his catalog is an unfair advantage, as no opponent is worthy of his time.
9. “Jumbotron S–t Poppin”
Drake on an F1LTHY beat is the upset of the year. Although Drizzy doesn’t bother himself as he tries to find his pocket inside the distorted sound that the likes of Playboi Carti and Destroy Lonely call home. We’ll even let Drake get away with referring to himself as a 36-year-old Vamp because he’s the 6 God.
8. “Major distribution”
Drizzy’s pompous song about success leads the listener astray before the dark beat makes a hard left turn off the road. The OVO boss stick shifts gears and tries to match the acceleration with the fastest he’s rapped all year. He passes the baton to 21 for one of his more forgettable verses on the album outside of somehow name-dropping NBA players Steve Francis and Andrew Wiggins in back-to-back bars.
One of the many headline-grabbing lyrics comes when Drake refers to a pretty girl trying to rap, but he’s not impressed. Many fans tried to connect the dots to new “Munch” rapper Ice Spice, who Drake unfollowed on Instagram after an initial meeting in 6. The first solo project is a look for Drizzy.
7. “Spin Bout U”
While Her loss perhaps the album title, Drizzy stands up for women while bashing American politicians fumbling with decisions about their reproductive rights. He then fawns over broke boys who can’t get reservations at Italian hotspot Carbone while he has the last table on any given night.
Savage also hands out freebies when he admits he asks girls for their “Finstas” to find out who they really are instead of their actual Instagram accounts. It’s almost halfway though, and Drake has shined as he’s brought 21 along for the ride to this point of the album.
6. “On BS”
The tag team champions pass the baton back and forth as one wants to outdo the other. The braggadocios rhymes reach a crescendo when the Slaughter Gang CEO and Drake talk about their attributes. 21 admits he has no problem turning someone else’s song into his own, while the 6 god brags about how his simple presence will make labels blow up an artist’s phone.
“I jump on your song and make you sound like you,” 21 raps over OZ’s ethereal production before Drizzy jumps in. “I’ll jump on your song and make a label think they really need you!”
Lil Yachty tags in at 21 and ad-libs across the horn-tinged record. Drake is back to his braggart ways while second-guessing his romantic decisions. It’s rare to hear the King of Canada comment on politics, admitting he’s never voted, but if he did, adult movie star Teanna Trump has his ballot.
4. “3 AM On Glenwood”
With Drake not breathing down his neck, 21 Savage is enjoying another bona fide defining moment Her loss. It’s usually Drizzy blackout over elevated samples, but 21 shows that two can play this game as he took a page out of the 6 God’s book by making use of a time-stamped song title usually reserved as a Drake specialty, but even the OVO captain had to be impressed.
21 showcases his matured lyrical sparring ability with Steph Curry and Stephon Marbury references, then analyzes Mase’s artist relationships. He even gets candid about turning to Kim Kardashian to get his brother out of jail while taking listeners on a journey of what’s going on in his turbulent life.
3. “Rich Flex”
Drake takes his intros very seriously and he and 21 don’t miss a beat here setting the tone for the project. The 6 God steals the show on the menacing Tay Keith beat switch in the second half, where Drake interpolates TI’s classic “24’s” flow as he moves on the industry, which he then giddily transforms into a tribute to the late great Kobe Bryant.
2. “In the middle of the sea”
This is peak Drake in his Goyard bag. An elevated sample and plenty of room to breathe – just give Drizzy enough room on the tarmac to go off like LeBron James in 2008. Drake opens up about his lavish life of luxury, eating food most people can’t even pronouncement and in the same sentence takes a swipe at Serena Williams’ husband, Alexis Ohanian, telling him they still have beef. It’s the type of versatility that’s missing in hip-hop.
He even checks the box for hip-hop geeks with the clever AZ and Nas “Mo Money, Mo Murder” sample. Isn’t that what Drake does? He checks every box as a rapper. Receiving a Birdman TED talk was also a nice touch for the outro.
1. “Circo Loco”
A certified standout from Her loss. Trying a classic like Daft Punk’s “One More Time” can easily turn corny — which it did on DJ Khaled’s “Staying Alive” — but Drake bottles this up to greatness. He wants to smoke with everyone and even admits that he only agreed to stand with Kanye West at the Larry Hoover concert last year because of his admiration for industry titan J. Prince. Megan Thee Stallion has already answered to a bar, which Drake may have directed at her when he referenced the shooting case she’s embroiled in.
Drake used this album as a chance to reassert himself as top dog on the rap food chain Her loss serves as a stark reminder to fans who may have been distracted by his dancing proclivities Honestly, never mind album from earlier this year that he will not play with.