Man, has Wheelchair Jimmy made a name for himself or what?
Ever since he hit the scene, Aubrey “Drake” Graham has been on a quest for greatness. By his carefully planned tours(notice who he invites on tours and what they have in common,) his methodical approach to his albums and the strategic releases of his singles, it’s easy to see Drake is aiming for more than just critical acclaim – He wants to be great.
Although I may question his behavior and his sometimes monotonous voice, I can’t deny his ability the rap. He’s one of the most lyrical mainstream rappers out, so when he drops a single, most will listen. “Started from the Bottom” is okay and a pretty decent single but it doesn’t do too much for me.
“5 a.m. in Toronto” though? Flames.
Over a nasty Boi-1da instrumental, Drake takes a bushido blade and slices and dices his way through the murky piano loops, taking subtle but vicious jabs at his foes. Rumored lines towards Common(!), Chris Brown(!!) and the Weeknd(!!!) may have the internet buzzing, but what caught my attention is the amount of quotables present in this track. Drake was coming for the crown when he stepped in the booth and recorded this one.
With that said, here are the 11 Best lines from “5 a.m. in Toronto.”
11. “A couple albums dropped those are still on the shelf/I bet them shits would have popped if I was willing to help/ I got a gold trophy from the committee for validation…”
Meaning: Drake’s throwing shots at The Weeknd, allegedly for falling back on signing with Drake’s label. The Weeknd’s “Trilogy” could have done better with some real Drake features, just ask the Grammy committee.
Although it’s another example of the hyper-sensitive nature of rappers, it’s still a vicious statement from Drake. Why? Because if you think about it, he’s right.
10. “Without me, rap is just a bunch of orphans”
Meaning: Drake’s style has birthed a lot of rappers in the game *cough*Kirko Bangz*cough*
I tend to agree with this line as it seems to me that Drake has become a very influential rapper in the game at the moment. There are some rappers who take elements of his gameplan and make it work for them, while there are others…who are clones. Once again, *cou— No I’ll just say it, KIRKO BANGZ.
9. “B*tches loving my drive, I never give it a break”
Meaning: Girls love his ambition and how he never takes a break….Can also mean his sex drive….can also be driving as in a car and braking a car.
Amongst all of the other great lines, you might have missed this gem of a triple entendre. I swear, in between the corny sweaters, poses and public incidents, I forget Drake can rap sometimes.
8. “Cuz I show love, never get the same out of n*ggas, guess it’s funny how money can make change out of n*ggas”
Meaning: Once people get a little money and fame, they change. A play on the word, “change.”
Is this the realest statement Drake’s ever wrote? Although I’m quite sure there are some people who will tell you the same thing about young Aubrey.
7. “Wildin, doing sh*t that’s way out of your budget, Owl sweaters inside her luggage you gotta love it”
Meaning: Drake’s treating your girl to things you could never do for her.
I like Drake as a rapper, but he’s a known hater. “Marvin’s Room” was the thirstiest song of all time and he hasn’t changed since. If your girl is so tacky that she’s leaving Drake’s Ovo sweaters in her luggage, you need to drop her immediately. The fact that she’s slipping out on you with a guy who wears Owl sweaters should be the only excuse you need.
6. “I could load every gun with bullets that fire backwards, probably wouldn’t lose a single rapper”
Meaning: No real rappers are taking shots at Drake so he’s not worried.
Drake trying to get philosophical on the fans. Once he figures out how to make bullets that fire backwards, I’m sure the U.S. government will be knocking down his door.
5. “Give these n*ggas the look, the verse and even the hook, that’s why every song sound like Drake featuring Drake”
Meaning: If you listen to most of what’s out now, Drake has had such a hand in the music industry that everything sounds like his song.
He’s got a point, he’s everywhere. Outside of 2Chainz, Drake is everywhere. Which is why I found Drake’s position at #5 on MTV’s Hottest Emcee’s List absurd.
4. “Sinatra lifestyle/ I’m just being frank with you/ I mean, where you think she at when she ain’t with you?
Meaning: Shots at Chris Brown. Frank as in Frank Ocean, another person who dislikes Chris Brown.
Drake’s hurling shots at Chris Brown like fireballs. Another hater line but if there is anyone that deserves everything coming his direction, it’s Chris Shakur himself.
3. “The part I love most is they need me more than they hate me, so they never take shots I got everybody on safety”
2. “All them boys in my will, All them boys is my Wills, anything happen to pop then I got you like Uncle Phil”
Meaning: Playing on “Will.” If anything happens to Drake, his closest friends will be in his will, he’ll take care of them like Uncle Phil did Will on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”
1. “You underestimated greatly, most number ones ever how long did it really take me?”
Meaning: People doubted Drake but in 2 years, he’s already achieved the most number one rap songs ever, ahead of Diddy & Jay-Z.
Very impressive. Drake is a sure thing for hit, more so than any artist in recent memory. And more so than his lesser talented boss Lil’ Wayne. The opening line of the track is it’s best line, starting off the song reminding people who really runs the rap game, despite what some people say.