Last October, rumors linked Drake to Instagram-person Lira Galore, who might have been the inspiration behind "Madonna." She was reportedly living with Drake at one point during their reported relationship, or at least spending a lot of time taking selfies in his bathroom.
Rumor has it that Drake celebrated New Year's Eve with Instagram twerk model Gianna Nicole, though there doesn't seem to be any photo evidence of their evening together on either of their Instagram feeds. It's possible that these two are having a low-key hookup sesh and that Gianna Nicole is the up-and-comer that Drake seems to be describing in the song as having "potential."
As someone who invests an unhealthy amount of emotional energy in Drake's romantic relationships, it is my life's dream to see Drake and Nicki Minaj together as soulmates. In the opening verse of the song "Only" featuring Drake, Chris Brown, and Lil Wayne, Minaj maintains that her relationship with Drake has always been strictly platonic. In the following verse, however, Drake says, "I never f*cked Nicki cause she got a man/But when that's over then I'm first in line/ And the other day in her Maybach/ I thought god damn, this is the perfect time."
Conclusion: Drake loves Minaj, Minaj isn't ready to settle down, and in the meantime Drake is waiting for Minaj to text him back and maybe writing songs about her for a new album.
Isn't every Drake song kind of about Rihanna? In "Madonna," Drake says "We should get out/We haven't talked in a while/ We should roll to see where it goes/I saw potential in you from the go." Drake and Rihanna did used to date, so it's entirely possible that she continues to rule his life and his lyrics. The problem with this theory is that Drake also says in the song, "I don't know if you know but I know who you are/ You could be as big as Madonna." It's difficult to argue that Rihanna wouldn't know that Drake knows that Rihanna knows she's the queen of everything and is arguably as big Madonna.
Rumors started floating around that Drake and Madonna might be a thing following a flirty Twitter exchange that went as follows:
Drake posted a photo of Madonna captioned "I wanna ride with you."
Madonna: "Where to?"
Drake: "What if I pick you up from your house? We should get out?"
Madonna: "I'm good with that!"
Translation: They're totally doing it.
A seemingly unlikely pairing for sure, but not entirely impossible. Sometimes the correct answer is the most obvious.