Drake helped to make April 2016 sweeter by releasing his fourth proper studio album Views. While Views wasn’t ‘monumental’ in regards to its themes or overall content, as always, it’s very much a Drake album. What better way to examine Views than a commentary on Drake’s deep lyrics? Leggo!!!
1) “All of my ‘let’s just be friends’ are friends I don’t have anymore / How do you not check on me when things go wrong / Guess I should’ve tried to keep my family closer / much closer / all of my ‘let’s just be friends’ are friends I don’t have anymore / guess that’s what they say you need family for / cause I can’t depend on you anymore” – “Keep The Family Close”
Commentary: Basically, a girl doesn’t supplant family or close friends, at least a girl that’s not dedicated.
2) “And I turn the six upside down, it’s a nine now” – “9”
Commentary: First of all, unless you’re living under a rock, you realize that the “6” is Toronto. Throughout his career, Drake has made a huge deal about the “6.” Since he’s “king” in Toronto, he’s figuratively “turned it upside down.:
3) “All these hand outs, man it’s getting outta hand / I’mma start telling n***as ‘get it how they can’ / I got it right now so I’m everybody’s friends / if I ever lose I bet we never speak again” – “9”
Commentary: Drake is making bank – he’s one of music’s hottest stars. Now he has “friends” who are shallow that won’t to share his wealth. He knows that if he does fall from his perch, those friends will turn their backs on him.
4) “On some DMX shit / I group DM my exes / I told ‘em they belong to me, that goes on forever” – “U With Me?”
Commentary: Drake is literally “on some DMX shit” on “U With Me?” which samples two DMX songs, most notably “Where My B*tches At?” As far as the last part of the lyric, Drake doesn’t forget his exes.
5) “I try with you / there’s more to life than sleeping in / and getting high with you / I had to let go of us to show myself what I could do / and that didn’t sit right with you “ – “Feel No Ways”
Commentary: There’s more to life than taking drugs and hooking up.
6) “Done / look what I’ve done in my life / I had to count it and count it again / to make sure the money was right / they love to talk / me, I’m just done in the hype…” – “Hype”
Commentary: Drake is tired of people expecting “the world” from him essentially. When he “blew up” he really “blew up.” In some regards, while Genius intelligently points out that the “I had to count it and count it again” line may reference Cash Money’s troubles as of late, it also seems to references just how big Drake is as well.
7) “Feel like the difference between us really startin’ to show / I’m lookin’ at they first week numbers like what are those / I mean you boys not even coming close” – “Weston Road Flows”
Commentary: Drake BIG, other rappers NOT big.
8) “Why do I settle for women that force me to pick up the pieces? / Why do I want an independent woman to feel like she needs me? / I lost my way” – “Redemption”
Commentary: Girl troubles. Typical Drake.
9) “You hit me like ‘I know you’re there with someone else’ / that pussy knows me better than I know myself / On my way from the studio so get undressed / let’s do the things that we say on text / I want to get straight to the climax…” – “Faithful”
Commentary: “Sex in the kitchen, over by the stove…”
10) “Did it, did it, did it by myself, by myself, dog / Blew up and I’m in the city still, I’m still here, dog” – “Still Here”
Commentary: Drake is Toronto’s big thing. He’s “kind of a big deal.”
11) “Right, my yiy just changed / you just buzzed the front gate / I thank God you came” – “Controlla”
Commentary: While the part about the front gate is probably literal, the way that it is written also makes for perfect innuendo… Continue reading “Drake, ‘Views’: By The Lyrics”