Drake feat. Little Brother, "Think Good Thoughts" (2007)
Most Drake fans don't realize how much of an impact the soulful hip-hop scene of the mid-2000s, and underground acts like Little Brother and Slum Village, had on his early sound. "[Phonte of Little Brother] knows he's one of the biggest influences on my career," Drake told the Village Voice in 2011. On this standout track from his Comeback Season mixtape, Drake trades verses with Phonte over a 9th Wonder loop of Anita Baker's "Sweet Love." Then Drake summarily cuts off the track: "I can't really drop the rest of this 'cause I ain't paid 9th for the beat yet." The full version of "Think Good Thoughts," including a third verse from onetime Slum Village member Elzhi – was posted on his October's Very Own blog in 2009.