Rick Ross Vs. Drake: Who Makes Better Hooks? [Poll]

Rick Ross and Drake are two of hip-hop’s biggest stars in 2012 due in a large part to their knack for being able to write and deliver extremely captivating hooks. Drake burst onto the scene with his trademarked sing-song approach, while over time Ross developed his own signature style of rapping on the chorus. The question is, which artist is better at it?

XXL will provide the arguments for each MC, but in the end, it is up to you, the reader, to make the final decision.

To most, Drizzy made his introduction to the rap world with his breakthrough 2009 mixtape, So Far Gone. Besides showcasing the Toronto-native’s skills as both a rapper and singer, the project highlighted Drake’s penchant for penning radio-friendly hooks. The most successful (no pun intended) being, “Best I Ever Had,” a chorus so brilliantly sweet and repetitive, it easily implanted itself in listeners’ heads to reach No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

I say you the fuckin’ best/You the fuckin’ best/ You the fuckin’ best/You the fuckin’ best/ You the best I ever had/ The best I ever had/ The best I ever had/The best I ever had.

As expected, a label bidding war ensued, a star was born and the hits just kept on coming. One of the most notable was “Forever,” the superstar collaboration that paired him with Lil Wayne, Eminem and Kanye West. The hook found Heartbrake Drake creating a dark, addictive sound that was also inspiring. And this time, he didn’t even have to cheat by using repetition.

It may not mean nothin’ to y’all/But understand nothin’ was done for me/So I don’t plan on stopping at all/I want this shit forever mine/I’m shuttin’ shit down in the mall/And tellin’ every girl she’s the one for me/And I ain’t even plannin’ to call/I want this shit forever mine.

Drake’s most impactful hook of last year was undoubtedly on DJ Khaled’s “I’m on One.” By this time, Drizzy’s style had matured into more cold, melancholic music. Compare this with the innocent “Best I Ever Had” of two years prior.

All I care about is money and the city that I’m from/ I’m a sip it ’til I feel it, I’ma smoke it ’til it’s done/I don’t really give a fuck and my excuse is that I’m young/And I’m only gettin’ older/ Somebody shoulda told ya/I’m on one

Recommended for You

Around the Web

Best of XXL

  • AnteK

    Lol was the first vote


    • JugularKill

      I’ve always said Ross has some of the most creative hooks compared to any rapper.

      When it comes to hooks Ross comes close to 2pac, infact his hooks sound better than 2Pacs, the only reason Pac wins is because Ross lacks meaning.

      All you retards are getting side tracked it’s “Ross vs Drake”.

      Honestly I can barely remember any of those hoe hooks Drake makes because I don’t sing like a bitch.

  • abdulrahim iliyasu

    drake is better

  • ctwins3644

    XXL columnists you guys are THE WORST…you need to get your ears checked, because these lyrics are obviously incorrect..do you even proofread your articles before you post them?..i want this shit forever mine? pretty sure its man, and “all of the sudden every girl shes the one for me”–>not even close to gramatically correct..he obviously says “and tellin every girl shes the one for me”..get a clue

  • ctwins3644

    also its obvious you didnt do a lot research to write this article because both artists have many more examples of better, more insightful hooks in their repertoire outside of their mainstream hits of the last 2 years.

  • carol

    who listens to these two really ?????????????????????

    non hip hop fans and they dont count

    people like this fucking hip hop up

  • CecilRhodez

    @Carol: Thats an ignorant comment, I listen to Drake from time to time, and Im not really a Ross fan, but Drake is hip hop for real kids talented. I dont see where the “not hip hop” thing comes from, I listen to all forms of hip hop and Drake makes the list. I will say XXL are a bunch of dick riders at times but I think your comment’s frankly ignorant.

  • black jesus


  • sosay

    French montana over both by farrrrrr

  • kidmex

    Man the best rapper’s with hooks are:
    1. Z-Ro
    2. Nate Dogg
    3. Kid Cudi

  • D90

    krizz kaliko from the Strange Music camp makes the best hooks in the game

  • E

    I really don’t get why Ross gets any credit…Does anyone else feel that he’s just trash? No comparison to Drake whatsoever…

  • jr88

    ross gets credit because he has features all the time….he gets murked all the time…. name one hot song with ross on it byhimself?…..lol…you cant…lol..he clings on a nigger like a bitch thats eightteen..lol

  • makoya


  • macman

    Rick rossay “hungh”!!!!



  • acb87

    50 cent makes better hooks, french Montana makes better hooks, drake makes better hooks. i never thought of ross as a strong hook rapper he just has ab libs down nothing else

  • Free Speech

    what the ***? I’ve had sex multiple times with drake’s girl, the one he’s really really in love with and makes all those bitch ass whiny voice singy songs for. Yeah I fucked her, raw dawg, I put the Mandingo on her Canadian ass. And rick Ross girl, his baby mama got took out by 50 cent, he even shopped for her kids and bought them clothes and toys (they are ross’s kids too), then fifty had his main man screw rick ross’s other girl (his other baby mama) on tape and pimped the shit on his website.
    Now between me and fifty, we done fucked these two niggaz girls, their main chics. So who really gives a fuck if these bitch niggaz can sing? Who really gives two fucks ?!!!

  • T-RO

    These 2 are garbage. I really dont understand how this can even be an article…. All time greatest hook creator is KRIZZ KALIKO! KALI BABY!

  • http://mywoods.tumblr.com Mpeezy

    XXL is really slacking. These features is lacking research!