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Is Drake the King of Sadness? HipHopDX's Janice Llamoca comes with his most emo bars to date.

Before Drake began living in the fast lane on “0 to 100,” there was a time when he was riding at 25 with the wind lightly breezing past his face. Drake— first name Aubrey, last name Graham — never had a problem expressing emotions through his signature singing-and-rapping combination, but after his last album, Nothing Was The Same, Drake fronted and gave us “fuck a stripper on a mink rug” type songs. (“Days In The East” doesn’t count because he was “reportedly” dating Rihanna at the time, which means he went back to his roots for that one.)

Last October, Drake vented in an interview with CBC Radio saying, “I'm so sick of people saying that I'm lonely and emotional, and associating me with this longing for a woman.” Too late. The truth is forever in the music. In case Drake’s 2015 project that he hinted at turns out to be stone cold, here are five bars that are sure to melt any willing heart.

“What good is all the cash, if it doesn’t buy time. And what good is being famous, if I’m never on your mind.” – off “Sooner Than Later”

Drake’s 2009 effort, So Far Gone,is a gold mine stacked with emotional bars. Let’s skip a few tracks and head to #13, where a piano woos you into “Sooner Than Later.” Drake’s cooing welcomes you with arms wide open but there’s a catch, he’s realized he’s mistreated his love interest and wants her back before it’s too late, and you’re there to listen.

“Everything that I write is either for her or about her so I'm with her even when I'm here without her and she know it." – from “The Motion”

And the circle of life continues, even after a relationship comes to an end. In “The Motion,” a track that was released as promotion for Nothing Was The Same, Aubrey accepts Newton’s first law and understands that his influence did little to change the mind of his now extinguished flame. That doesn’t mean he can’t write a song about it. Noah “40” Shebib and Sampha provide the perfect soundscape for Drake’s enlightened heartbreak.

"From 8 until late I think bout you. You own my nights I don't know what to do. I can't get no rest, can't get to sleep. This whole thing got way too deep." – from “Mine” by Beyoncé f. Drake

One of the many symptoms of love includes insomnia. The sheep Drake is supposed to be counting in his head has been exchanged with the face of the mystery woman (not Beyoncé, because Jay Z) that keeps him up at night unless he manages to get her in his dreams which means he’s really sleeping but still thinking about her. There is no way out of this one, Drake. As much as you claim she is “yours,” you’re “hers” too because of the mental domination she has over you. But then again, this is what Beyoncé and Drake are singing/rapping about in “Mine,” equal dominion on both sides.

"Baby, being a part of this life. I feel like I’m bound to end up with somebody that’s been with everybody. I need you to rescue me from my destiny. I'm trying to live right and give you whatever's left of me" – from “Un-thinkable (Remix)” by Alicia Keys f. Drake

Being surrounded by fame and fortune doesn’t always bring out the best in people. Drake knows this as he is always reaching out and trying to hold on to the good girls in his life. He clearly says, “Good women are rare,” in his verse for the remix of Alicia Keys’ “Un-thinkable.” On top of that, he’s reaching out to the good woman in his life, the one that apparently hasn’t “been with everybody,” and asking her to save him from the secretly not-so glamorous destiny he’s falling into.

“Next time we fuck, I don't wanna fuck, I wanna make love.” – from “Own It” 

Drizzy declares that he’s ready for something special. He’s ready to take it to the next level from “fuck” to “make love” in “Own It,” track #5 from Nothing Was The Same. The single was actually the follow-up to “Wu-Tang Forever” and continues to use “It’s yours” (“It’s Yourz” for the Wu-Tang fans) throughout the song. Guessing what “it” is referring to? His feelings, of course.

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  • Sunshine

    By the way i could prolly knock most of you ignorant fools the fuck out #Realniggashit

  • Sunshine

    Aint nothing wrong wit showing emotion as a man thats something that defines being human if you think showing emotion is "weak" then your just seriously confused and straight ignorant i dunno wasup wit this whole article #Skoolinyouchumps #Knowledgeispower

  • Anonymous

    All the good emo drake bars.



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  • Drizzaveli

    that last one was fire. Classic. Cant wait for spring 2015

  • Anonymous

    where that "Drake runs rap" nigga?

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  • Bubba Darts

    HAHAH! This is why I love DX! I had to stop going to RR because of their infatuation with Jay Z! OMG! Thank you, DX for not being a nuthugger and for callin this Emo Thug out! 5/5! I don't wanna fck, I wanna make love hahahahhaa!

  • Champagne Papi Life

    I completely agree with commenter below. There are rappers who say way more emo things than Drake, but you would never ever write an article about their lines, would you DX? Check Murs and Slug's entire catalog. You can hate all you want, but Drake will be considered one of the greatest emcees ever by the time he calls it quits.

  • Music Fan

    I have seen some dumb articles here but wow this is the worst. Everyone acts like that are forced to hear Drake. Just change the fuckin station and move on. What's the difference in content between Drake and Trey Songs or Chris Brown or Usher or Neyo? Dudes just hating cause he can also rap. Smh. Grow up.

    • j

      The Difference is Drake tries to act hard. Like he's from the streets. Those are RnB singers you compared him with, not rappers. This is a rappers community

    • Drake Sings, Doesn't Rap

      I don't listen to Drake. This is the best article HHDX wrote in a while. Don't get so butthurt.

  • Anonymous

    tell me again why people like drake FUCK 'EM

  • dilli

    Let me write for you guys!

  • Big Tone

    Damn I wanna fuck Drake again, I tore his asshole a little last time & he loved that shit, never seen a nigga take pipe like him, sweet ass.

  • Anonymous

    everyone go to rapradar.

  • Anonymous

    Every single one of those lines stand out for me but in a positive way. Ya'll perpetuate the need to be some fake ass non mature non growing egotistical "artist" that appeals to teenagers strictly.

    • Anonymous

      implying drake talking about breaking up in all of his songs doesn't strictly appeal to teenagers.

  • Anonymous

    hahaha so fuckig wack this clown is a soft ass bitch

  • wasd

    Next time I cream your coochie I don't wanna cream your coochie, I wanna pay child support for another niggas baby.

  • BTMoney

    Lmao at Drake being the king of sadness, I guess you guys never heard of a dude called Slug from a certain group called Atmosphere, huh...

    • Stephen Eklund

      Hip-Hop is a popularity contest. Hip-Hop is populated by fakes. Not a lot of people like that real shit. It's just the sad truth fam.

    • BTMoney

      I'm not even saying being the king of sadness is a bad thing, Slug to me is an amazing rapper and deserves a "5 most emo bars" list more than Drake, but will never get one cause he isn't as popular as Drake, and I think that sucks.

    • Cealix

      lmao true story, first time i heard him years ago, my roommate was like why's it sound like he's always crying??

    • wasd

      no we seriously haven't.

  • Anonymous

    lmao this article owns

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  • Anonymous

    >Next time we fuck, I don't wanna fuck, I wanna make love. ahahahahahahahaha

  • Anonymous

    who is writing these articles?...seriously :/ step you game up HipHopdx