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Drake has come out with more than his fair share of party songs and look-at-me lyrics, but he is no stranger to sadness. The Top 40s hitmaker has long been known to have a softer side than most rappers in the game.
Unlike other artists who stand side-by-side with him on the international stage, Drake is a rap artist who likes to be honest about his troubles and personal sorrows. These are some of the most sensitive Drake lyrics of all time.
"Baby you're my everything, you're all I ever wanted."
If you just read it on paper, you might confuse it with a Backstreet Boys lyric, but this line is one of the sweetest lyrics by Drake. Every rapper, including Drake, raps about how many women they have at their disposal, but underneath it all there is that one woman that's dear to them. Drake confesses the depth of his love on "Best I Ever Had," and it's adorable; no doubt one of the most sensitive Drake lyrics of all time.
"And last night I think I lost my patience/ Last night I got high as your expectations."
Drake's song "Too Good" featuring Rihanna doesn't dance around the truth of a relationship gone wrong. Many of us know the pain that comes with the realization that two people aren't meant for each other, and many of us have also turned to substances to cope with it.
"Too Good" gives listeners a glimpse of a sad Drake slowly coming to terms with an impending breakup, and ultimately reaching the conclusion that he is, in fact, too good for this shit.
"I don't know how to ask you if you're okay/ My friends always feel the need to tell me things/ Seems like they're just happier than us these days."
"Too Good" has more than just one set of the most sensitive Drake lyrics. For all that Drake brags about being on top and enjoying the luxuries of his life ("The Motto," "All Me," "Energy"), he is only human and suffers bad times just like everyone else.
Most of us go through life comparing ourselves to others. We ask the cosmos, "Why does that person have it so much better than I do?" Even Drake, one of the richest rappers in the hip hop game, gets down on himself sometimes.
"And she texting purple hearts 'cause she know that we at war"
Ah, passive aggressiveness. This Drake lyric brilliantly and succinctly sums up what it is to be angry and in love. The wordplay is clever but it still hits home emotionally.
Relationships come with a lot of intense feelings—not all of them good. Tension between lovers is a stressful thing, and sometimes, no matter how much the relationship needs to end, it can feel almost impossible to walk away.
"I search for something I'm missing and disappear when I'm bored."
"From Time" off of the album Nothing Was the Same gives us one of the more existential lyrics by Drake. It goes to show that not every one of the most sensitive Drake lyrics is about love and relationships, but also the relationship one has with themselves.
Lack of fulfillment or a feeling of emptiness is part of the human experience, even if you're one of the most famous artists on the planet. We all get lost and, hopefully, we all find ourselves.
"Hate the fact my mom cooped up in her apartment/ Telling herself that she's too sick/ To get dressed up and go do shit."
No matter who you are, your parents will always stress you out. Even if you have the happiest, most kind family in the world, there will always be family stresses. One such stress that Drake faces with his mother is the issue of mental health.
Watching a parent isolate themselves as a result of depression or any other kind of mental illness can be debilitating.
"I know they say the first love is the sweetest/ But that first cut is the deepest."
Drake speaks an age-old truth on "Karaoke": A person's first love is the most intense. Be it happiness, passion, or sadness, every feeling in that first relationship is extremely powerful. When it's good it's amazing, and when it's bad it's devastating.
One of the most sensitive Drake lyrics reminds us that few people are lucky enough that their first love ends up being their partner for life. For the rest of us, the sweetest love ends in the deepest pain.
"I love you through everything, I done did everything to her/ She forgave me for everything, this a forever thing/ Hate that I treat it like it's a whatever thing."
Drake didn't just make a music video for "Jungle," he made a short film. (Actually, that is a developing trend in the music industry.) This song was so important to him on an emotional level that he wanted to tell its story.
Taken from the album If You're Reading This It's Too Late, "Jungle" tells the tale of how Drake took his lover for granted. Most people know this feeling, whether they're on the giving or the receiving end of it. Unrequited love is painful, but realizing you made a major mistake and hurt someone you cared about is, too.
"I know things get hard, but girl, you got it, girl, you got it, there you go...I'm so I'm so I'm so I'm so I'm so proud of you."
"I'm So Proud of You" featuring Nicki Minaj contains words that every woman wants to hear. This is one of the most sensitive Drake lyrics not because it's sad, but because it's kind and compassionate.
When people try and try and constantly give their best, they want to know that their work and dedication is appreciated. Everyone wants to hear the words "I'm proud of you," but it is especially sweet to hear them from your man.
"I bet if I give all my love then nothing's gonna tear us apart."
Love isn't easy. Even if you're in a wonderful, loving relationship, you have to work hard. There will always be the occasional lover's quarrel and the stresses of life can easily put a wedge between the two of you. But instead of giving up, Drake realizes in this song that that only means he should work harder.
It may be a bit sappy, but it's still one of the most mature and sensitive Drake lyrics of all time.