It's an undeniable fact: Popular culture is rife with seeds of wisdom — but only if you are willing to sow them. And another undeniable fact is that Aubrey Drake Graham is one such source of wisdom and knowledge. Yes, Drake is a wise soul far beyond his years and the proof is in the pudding, the pudding being these 16 Drake lyrics that perfectly describe your life.
I know, I know. It's Drake. But seriously, hear me out. Life comes at you fast and enlightenment arises in the strangest ways. You might put stock in fate, in the lucky penny you find on the sidewalk, or the fortune cookie from your takeout. Or perhaps you're one of those people who dismisses someone's behavior with an eye roll and a knowing whisper, "It's cause she's a scorpio..." (As a general rule, it's usually the person whispering "she's a scorpio..." who you have to watch out for.) But I digress.
Seriously though, if astrology is a valid source of life knowledge, then who are we to say that If You're Reading This, It's Too Late isn't full of wisdom as well? Though you might still be skeptical, let's take a bite of hilariously-worded pudding for a second and examine some of Drake's wisest adages.
"Started from the bottom, now we're here" — "Started From the Bottom"
I'll start with a basic one here. We all know this line and it's great because it's applicable to almost everything. Whether you've waiting in a long line for brunch and finally received your mimosa with glee or you have searched far and wide at a club for an elevated surface upon which to dance, "started from the bottom, now we're here" instills the moments with extra flavor and will make your comrades savor how far you have come in that moment.
"We only live once, that's the motto... YOLO" — "The Motto"
Hate Drake all you want, but Drake gave us the gift of YOLO. Actually, that might be more of a reason to hate Drake, but still. You know you have a soft spot for YOLO. My own YOLO journey was an embarrassing one. I started out using it ironically, sarcastically spouting a long, drawled-out "YOOOOOLOOOO" whenever the right moment struck. But then, suddenly, it became a part of my everyday vernacular, leaving my parents and boyfriend to seriously question my sanity. I've come to accept YOLO for what it is and I encourage you to do the same. Ironically or unironically, being reckless is so much more fun when you have something obnoxious to yell as you do it.
"I learned Hennessey and enemies is one hell of a mixture" — "HYFR"
If you've ever drunkenly fought with your friends, you know that nothing good ever comes out of a drunk argument. Swap out friend for foe and you really have a problem. While you might not be a Hennessey type of gal, this is surely a relateable line to live by. Just remember that vodka sodas and enemies are one hell of a mixture.
"'Bout to call your ass a Uber, I got somewhere to be" — "Energy"
When you're out and your friend is having a drunken meltdown and you're just trying to spit game, you can pull this line out of your purse and tell your friend to take a chill pill.
"So you cry still, tears all on the pillowcase..." — "Take Care"
Every time they kill someone off on Downton Abbey.
"Okay, now you're talkin' my language, now you're talkin' my language" — "The Language"
Whenever someone mentions brunch.
"Tuck my napkin in my shirt cause I'm just mobbin like that" — "Headlines"
When you're on vacation and you're about to go HAM on some lobster, just remember these wise words from Drake lest you dirty thy shirt with buttery goodness.
"I'm on a roll like Cottonelle/I was made for all of this shit" — "All Me"
"Man I'm talkin' way before hashtags/I was runnin' through the 6 with my woes" — "Know Yourself"
When you Facebook stalk yourself back to your early high school days and cringe at how angsty you were.
"I think better when I'm not sober" — "Ignorant Shit"
For when you need to justify having a drink with lunch on a Wednesday.
"Fieri, I'm in the kitchen/I'm a magician" — "6 Man"
Use this one when you've cooked a dope-ass meal and you are feeling like a damn adult.
"I live for the nights I can't remember/With the people I'll never forget" — "Show Me A Good Time"
Basic bitch Instagram caption, part one.
"Sweatpants, hair tied, chillin' with no makeup on" — "Best I Ever Had"
Basic bitch Instagram caption, part two: selfie edition.
"I can't really see another squad tryna cross us" — "No Tellin"
When your squad is looking particularly fly and you're about to tear up the club.
"I got bitches askin' me about the code for the Wifi/So they can talk about they timeline" — "Energy"
This is emblematic of life as we know it in the post-unlimited data age.
"Am I the only 23-year-old wine connoisseur?" — "You Know, You Know"
Great to use any time you're drinking wine and feeling fancy, so basically this one is applicable every day of the week.
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