Drake and Wayne basically played ping pong with the flow on “Ransom.” Drake’s bouncy flow and delivery was merely an appetizer to Wayne’s monstrous verse. Now, don’t get it twisted, Drake’s verse wasn’t all devoid of punches. In fact, he landed many a la Floyd. A slightly inebriated Drizzy went off with bars like, “Black Ferrari with the red seats, I call it playing checkers,” and “Add them or subtract me, I will never be your equal.” Though Drake was merely a student to Wayne, he had his big boy pants on and stood toe-to-toe with Weezy. On “Ransom,” Wayne transformed into Doctor Carter and became a lyrical technician. Before he entered the lion’s den, Wayne calmly announced his arrival, these three words: “I’m goin’ in.” Boy, did he! “Drizzy I got us, this is my promise/I’ma bring them barrels to these bitches eyeliners.” Who knew you could rhyme buck buck so many times, and actually make it sound good? Plus, who would have thought rapping the alphabet would sound so good? For a lot us, this was the track that introduced us to Drake and he wowed us by rapping alongside Wayne. But Mixtape Weezy was on the loose here.
Winner: Lil Wayne