Drake's "Still Here" Lyrics Remind Everyone That Drizzy Is Officially Back
In case you were wondering, Drake is still holding it down in the music world — and if you weren't, well then the Grammy-winning rapper is going to tell you he is regardless. On his 20-track album VIEWS, which was released Thursday night, the 29-year-old hip-hop artist included what might be his most understated track ever: "Still Here." The song, which is arguably an ascent of Drake's fully-formed mentality and compelling self-reflection, is a two-chorded hook nod to the rapper's most defining moment in the industry. By his own narration, Drake takes fans on a journey through his "Still Here" lyrics, self-congratulating his passage through vulnerability to success. Almost an ode to his hit "Started From The Bottom," "Still Here" is an unstoppable, almost gothic melody that puts Drizzy in pilot seat of his own career and tells the world he is not backing down.
Clearly, there's no debating this fact, either. Following just four albums, an impressive acting resume, and just seven years in the music industry, it's a norm for Drake to manage to be featured on three singles in the Billboard's Top 100 at the same time, like he is right now — two of them in the top 10. "Still Here" guarantees Drake as his own patented brand. Despite the rapper building his music around the "lonely rapper searching for love" premise, Drake has turned every single one of his self-aware characters into pure gold. And the best hard is, he's being totally real while he does it. H letting us into his world and his stylistic decision to fold into himself is both emotional and intense.
So, in honor of Drake's most introspective song, here are a few of the most telling "Still Here" lyrics that remind us all Drake intends to wear his rap crown until the end of time.
1. "Me And All My N***** Doin' Well, Doin' Well, Dog/ You Not From The City, I Could Tell, I Could Tell, Dog"
Drake starts out with a sparse and eerie tone, letting anyone who is asking know that he is happy, mentally, physically, spiritually, and financially.
2. "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"
Unlike many artists, actors, and musicians who, once they reach a level of success, leave their home roots and move to L.A. to be closer to managers, sets, and enhance their chances of further their careers, Drake stays in Toronto and continue to rep his heritage. Continuing to have pop-up shops open in the Canadian city, be the Global Ambassador for the city's basketball team The Raptors, not to mention hold an annual musical festival every summer in the city, Drake repeatedly makes it a point to remind the world where he is from. Let's not forget, he does all these things and more all by himself.
3. "How Did I Finesse All This Sh*t From Jane And Weston"
The phrase "Jane and Weston" that Drake is referring to here are actually the names of two streets in Brooklyn — as Toronto-based site blogTO points out, the intersection of Jane St. and Weston Rd. in Toronto is near one of Drake's childhood homes.
4. "Nothing Mutual About My Funds, 'Bout My Funds, Tho/ All You N***** Fightin' Over Crumbs, Where The Bread At"
Even though Drake reached his pinnacle of success on his own, he quickly reiterates the fact that his bank account is of no concern to anyone wondering — what's most important is what sits in your savings. Drake also points the reflective mirror to his listeners — because when you point a finger at some else, there is always four more pointing back at you.
5. "I Don't Need No Pill To Speak My Mind, I Don't Need That/ I Make People Pay Me For My Time, Yeah I Need That"
Obviously, a lesson in disguise for any aspiring artists and fans to not lose themselves in the industry of promises and temptation.
6. "Oh, You Just Went And Turned Your Back, Dog/ I Thought That We Were Family/ You Showed Me That We Can't Be"
This wouldn't be a complete Drake song if he didn't emotionally pull on your heart. Here, Drake raps about someone who he had pegged as a close friend (aka, the family he chose) and with climbing the ladder came heartache and broken ties.
7. "I Gotta Talk To God Even Though He Isn't Near Me/ Based On What I Got It's Hard To Think He Don't Hear Me"
Don't feel bad for him though, Drizzy has faith on his side and as he alludes to all the blessings he has in his life, he has to thank his spiritual guidance while also congratulating himself.
8. "Hidden Like That 30 On My Jersey, Man, I'm Gifted"
Six years since Drake's debut album, his change of pace from complaining to praising is refreshing.
9. "All My N***** Ain't Off Rockin' Gucci/ One Do It Then We All Gotta Do It"
Not one for solitary credit, Drake strongly prides his success and his career to his band of friends. Here Drake raps that their declaration of supremacy comes from being a unit. Of course, another reason to admire Drake.
10. "Got The Key, Now The Doors Open And We All Goin' Through It/ Whole City At Your Head For The Boy/ I Ain't Even Gotta Call No One For It"
As the doors of more opportunities and possibilities opened for the rapper, Drake wants to let you know that he got there without permission and will continue to go through them, his entire support team behind him, to share in the glory.
Whether Drake is congratulating his team, his band of friends, or himself, it seems that gone are the days of Drake's poor-me melancholy tunes. Instead, the rapper has upgraded himself to a more successful, empowered state. I for one hope it doesn't stop, because clearly, there is only one rap god that deserves to hold this crown and keep it up for many more years of certified hits in the future.
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