Riding high on the success of recent singles “God’s Plan” and “Nice for What”, both which have topped the Billboard Hot 100, has Drake at the top of the music mountain. Anticipation is running high for the release of the follow-up to 2017’s ‘More Life’, which he has announced is coming in June. Titled ‘Scorpion’, the album is a play on his zodiac sign, as October’s Very Own is a proud Scorpio.

With the album’s release approaching, the expectations are certainly high, and with Drake’s track record of producing an impressive string of hit singles, it’s often overlooked of his album tracks. Below, we examine some of Drake’s standout album cuts that deserve stronger recognition, with the hope that some of these sounds will return.

“Unforgettable Feat. Jeezy” (Thank Me Later, 2010) — Drake displayed his admiration for Aaliyah early on with this homage to the throwback days, perfect for the top down on a summer night. Slow melodically, the song is built on a sample of Aaliyah’s cover of “At Your Best”.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qbIhceoAjU

“Cameras/Good Ones Go” (Take Care, 2011) — One of Drake’s greatest transitions on an album came within one song. Following an effortless Jon B. sample, he transitions into a ballad about not realizing what you have, yet selfishly lingering for it to remain.

“We’ll Be Fine” (Take Care, 2011) — On an album jam-packed with several high profile songs, this banger can be lost in the shuffle. Fortunately, after listening, the song speaks for itself. An up-tempo homage to friendship, the song lacks the assertion of the Ross-assisted “Lord Knows”, but makes up for it with its simplistic execution.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wolj0jQ6HeM

“Now & Forever” (If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, 2015) — Drake’s street edge came to play full throttle on this “mixtape”, yet his sentimental side was still present on some of the project’s stronger efforts, including this tribute to an eternal love.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-yKKUP4pwk

“Faithful feat. Pimp C & DVSN” (Views, 2016) — While mostly highlighted for being an emotional album, some of what makes ‘Views’ so nostalgic, is its vulnerability. “Faithful” epitomizes that in aΒ sexy, radio-friendly manner. It’s a shock this never became a single.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blzvniug5kQ

“Blem” (More Life, 2017) — On a project rooted in heavy musical experimentation, “Blem” remains one of the examples of a successful experiment. The song fits across its Caribbean influence, yet playfully features what it takes to be a hit single today: a dope hook.

“Teenage Fever” (More Life, 2017) — Drake’s samples always display his knowledge of music. This was no different, as he used the chorus of J.Lo’s #1 hit “If You Had My Love” to bring home the message of young love misunderstood.

Here’s to hoping Drake gives us more vibes like these for the new record. In the meantime, let’s recognize the successfulness of these slept on bangers. See the full playlist below.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/playlist/countdown-to-scorpion/pl.u-Zmbl3NJfzBLVN8