Over the weekend, Drake fans around the world rejoiced, because the rapper bestowed upon us a great boon. Not only did Drake released "Summer Sixteen," a brand new track and the first official single from Views From the 6, but he also finally gave us a release date for the album that we've been waiting forever and a day for. Views From the 6 will be coming out in April 2016, which is only a couple of short months away. Finally. Finally. And, just in case you've forgotten exactly why it is that you've been waiting for this long for one simple album, "Summer Sixteen" will quickly remind you of why Drake is one of the best in the game right now. The "Summer Sixteen" lyrics reference everything from Kanye West to the Meek Mill feud with the kind of expert style of rhyme that we've come to expect from the actor formerly known as Aubrey Graham.
Drake starts off strong in the bridge of the song:
Looking for revengeAll summer sixteenPlaying dirty not cleanOut in front of Four SeasonsLooking like a damn football teamAll in the same thingAll repping one thingLooking for revenge
From there, it becomes immediately clear that the "summer sixteen" referred to in the song might be Summer '16 — as in this upcoming season. Drake is about to release his new album in April, and thus by Summer '16 he could be on some sort of promotional tour. Should we take this bridge as an indication that the tracks on Views From the 6 will be throwing shade at all of Drake's enemies?
To do what you couldn't doTell Obama that my verses are just like the whips that he inThey bulletproofMinus 20, we in PitfieldThat Kai's kitchen in a Canada GooseFamous as f*ck, but I’m still in the cut when they round up the troops
I'm not saying that Obama is one such enemy, but comparing your songs to the President of the United States is definitely one way to make it clear just how much of a boss you are.
I’m just a sicko, a real sicko, when you get to know me, n***aI let the diss record drop, you was staying right below me, n***aWe must have played it a hundred times, you was going to bedWhy would I put on a vest I expect you to aim for the head?I coulda killed you the first timeYou don’t have to try to say it louder, n***aTrust, we heard you the first timeIt’s nothing personal, I would have done it to anyone
In case you were wondering if the Meek Mill and Drake feud was over — well, it is, but that doesn't mean that Drake doesn't have a right to reference it. In this section of the verse, he reflects back on the diss records he dropped about Meek Mill, pointing out that it was never really about Meek Mill. Anyone who comes at Drake gets slayed, man.
And I blame where I came fromAnd I blame all my day onesYou know Chubbs like DraymondYou better off not saying nothingThem boys they a handful
That's the most poetic way to say "shut up" that I've ever heard.
Then I hit ‘em with the HotlineChris Breezy with the dance movesMo-G with the dance movesAve Boy with the dance movesJimi Hendrix with the soloThose the strings that you can’t pull
I'm not sure I would go that far...
Yeah, and I could really dish it outCome and get it from the sourceF*ck with all the word of mouthGolden State running practice at my houseN***a, what am I about?You gon’ really feel it now
In case Drake can't make it any clearer, he's done holding his tongue — if what he's done to this point could be considered holding his tongue — and he's going to get real with anyone who thinks he can't fight his own battles.
All you boys in the new Toronto want to be me a littleAll your exes know I like my O’s with a V in the middleYou would love it if I went away or didn’t say nothing elseHow am I keeping it real by keeping this sh*t to myself?You was never gang, you was never one of usHad us fooled for a minute there, now we done all grown upBut I’m better off anyway, y’all never gon’ finish DrakeSay you seeing ‘bout it when you see me, man, y’all never home anyway
Not only does this verse contain perhaps the best OVO name drop I've ever seen, but Drake's bold declaration that he's far from out of the game rings true when he's dropping tracks like this for the benefit of, well, everyone.
Thought of things that you shoulda said, said things that you shouldn’t sayWe even gave you the whole money play and y'all still broke to this dayOh it’s your time now, yeah, that’s what everybody sayI used to wanna be on Roc-A-Fella, then I turned into JayNow I got a house in L.A., now I got a bigger pool than YeAnd look man, Ye’s pool is nice, mine's just big is what I’m saying
Jay Z and Kanye West both get a mention, and, rather than being a diss, Drake's sense of humor shines through. Does he have a bigger pool than 'Ye? I mean, I'm glad to know that it's a nice pool, but someone whip out a tape measure and check this fact right now.
I’m that n***a's what I’m sayingGetting things done around hereHow you let me run it down hereI’m not even from around hereSix, soon as I’m back in the city they throw a paradeI might get a key to the city and give it to WayneOr give it to one of the young boys to carry the waveYeah, so trust me, they’ll be out here…
I don't know about you, but Drake pointing out that he's running things in America when he's actually Canadian is still making me laugh. All in all, "Summer Sixteen" was a perfect single to release from Views From the 6, because it expertly shows off everything that Drake does best on a song. His beats, his rhymes, his jokes, and his disses all come together to make a fantastic new hit to tide us over until April 2016. I already can't wait.
You can listen to the song on Apple Music right now.