Certified Lover Boy: Song by Song

Lauren Griffin , Staff Writer

Talks of Drake’s new album “Certified Lover Boy ” are saying that this is the biggest album of the year. Featuring a range of artists and their toxic masculinity. Touching on his truths and starting conversations that people need to have within themselves.

Champagne Poetry – 10/10 – This was a good song to start the album with. It definitely makes the listener want to keep listening. The beat and the voice behind his rapping made the song for me.

Papi’s Home – 8/10 – Drake is telling his fans that he’s sorry for being away, and he’s back home to make and drop music. The last time Drake dropped an album was back in 2018.

Girls Want Girls (ft. Lil Baby) – 8.5/10 – The beat has a nice, chill vibe to it. While listening, I never stopped bopping my head. In my opinion, Lil Baby’s feature definitely made the song better.

In The Bible (ft. Lil Durk and Giveon) – 10/10 – This song deserves a 10/10, because of the features. Lil Durk and Giveon compliment Drake very well. The song ended on a good note. This sound made me want to start it over before it ended.

Love All (ft. Jay Z) – 9.5/10 – Drake definitely spoke facts in this song. My favorite line was “People never care ‘til it’s R.I.P.” I like the Drake and Jay-Z duo, and I’m hoping for more songs from them in the future.

Fair Trade (ft. Travis Scott) – 9/10 – This song would be playing on the aux in the car while driving downtown with friends on a Saturday night. I like the vibe of the song.

Way 2 Sexy (ft. Future & Young Thug) – 11/10 – When this comes on, I turn the volume all the way up. This is my personal favorite on the album. It is definitely a hype song. This song will be going on my Getting Ready playlist.

TSU – 9.5/10 – The song starts off slow, but when the beat drops, it was worth the wait. I am very impressed with this song. There were two-beat drops in the song, and Drake nailed both of them.

N 2 Deep (ft. Future) – 6/10 – Future’s feature saved this song. I don’t particularly favor this song. I personally wouldn’t have put this song on the album.

Pipe Down – 7/10 – I like the beginning when he says, “said you belong to the streets, but the streets belong to me”. It gives me toxic masculinity vibes, but I like it from Drake.

Yebba’s Heartbreak – 10/10 – I love this song. The first time I listened to it, I put it on repeat and let it play over and over. I love Yebba’s voice. Hearing the song never gets old.

No Friends in the Industry – 8.5/10 – I think the inspiration to write this song had to come from an incident Drake had. He then had a realization. Drake is letting people upfront with the title of the song.

Knife Talk (ft. 21 Savage & Project Pat) – 10/10 – This trio is one we didn’t know we needed. I’ve never heard of Project Pat before. I am definitely going to listen to some of his songs after hearing his verse.

7AM on Bridle Path – 9/10 – I like Drake’s flow in this song. He rhymes really well. It sounds good and makes sense. I can tell that Drake doesn’t “beat around the bush”.

Race My Mind – 5/10 – This song is not that bad, but it’s not that good either. His verse at the end was good, and there were a few messages I pulled from it. One of them was to keep pushing towards achieving your dreams.

Fountains (ft. Tems) – 3/10 – Listening to this song for the first time, I wasn’t really feeling it. It’s safe to say this is my least favorite song on the album. It’s definitely not in the top 10 from the album though.

Get Along Better (ft. Ty Dolla $ign) – In my opinion, Ty Dolla Sign pairs well with all the artists he has worked with. He truly makes the song better. I like the way his voice blends with Drake’s at some points in the song.

You Only Live Twice (ft. Lil Wayne & Rick Ross) – 8.5/10 – Rick Ross is the real reason why I’m jamming to this song. Letting him go first was a good idea. Lil Wayne never disappoints when it comes to his music.

IMY2 (ft. Kid Cudi) – 6.5/10 – I see the potential this song has. I’m not sure if I would’ve chosen Kid Cudi to be the featured artist. This song gives “I want to get back with my ex” vibes.

F*cking Fans – 8/10 – Drake understood the assignment with this song. This is definitely an apology song for someone. He knows he messed up.

The Remorse – 10/10 – I wouldn’t have ended the album any other way. I like how the piano in the background fades into a beat, but you can still hear the piano. It is a mellow song with many messages in it.

Final remarks

Drake definitely did his thing with this album. There were so many hidden meanings behind the songs. The songs were filled with so many good messages. He ended all of the songs on a good note, and they just flowed together well. Overall, I give this album an 8.5/10. I appreciate the vibes of these songs. I like how the artists Drake featured on this album are very versatile.