My journey of discovering Drake, the very well-known Torontonian rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, etc., was indeed an unexpected journey. I had not particularly sought after his music in the past, nor had I ever given his music the opportunity it surely deserved. However, recently, I would say in the last two years, I’ve been extremely inclined to play Drake on repeat on my way to work, at work and at home.
I believe I have a very colourful music history. I have obsessed and cherished quite a wide range of genres from a young age. If you can think of an artist, I can think of at least one song of their’s I have obsessed over in the past. Rage Against the Machine? Bones Thugs & Harmony? Moby? Michael Buble? I love them all. I consider myself very open when it comes to music and this openness is what allowed me to truly appreciate Drake for his music and most especially his song-writing.
Drake was introduced to me in a time of uncertainty. I was going through a lot of changes in my life. In particular there was a lot of turmoil in my relationships with friends and family. At a time where I doubted myself, my goals, my dreams and everything about myself, Drake was my saviour.
You know when you play a song and you can immediately relate it to a situation in your life? Well, that happened to me a lot with Drake’s music. In a sense, his story-telling through his lyrics put things in perspective for me. It wasn’t something I did on purpose. I didn’t turn to his music to guide me with my feelings and decisions. It was something that just sort of happened.
What I noticed when listening to his music was that his lyrics were very relatable and real. I mean, it’s nice to listen to love stories and the struggles of being in love and still hurting. All that poetic stuff is great, but it’s not usually what crosses your mind on a regular basis.
There are a lot of songs on his albums Views and More Life which have empowering lyrics. And if you have these on repeat, it kind of sets a tone for your day. As silly as it may sound, I felt confident after listening to his songs. And not just that, but they’re so upbeat and the island vibes really just put you in a good mood altogether!
Below are some songs and lyrics that you should listen to when you find yourself in a certain situation.
When people in your life are just not appreciating your journey:
You do you, girl, the haters gon’ hate
Cut them off like you a sensei, girl – With You (Views)
When people are doubting your intentions:
Strength and guidance
All that I’m wishing for my friends – One Dance (Views)
When you need a reminder to keep your problems behind closed doors:
This a place for families that drive Camrys and go to Disney
They don’t need to know all of our business – Child’s Play (Views)
When you know those plans are going to fall through:
Why you gotta start girl, why you gotta start?
I know we make time for the things that we want – Come and See Me (PartyNextDoor ft. Drake)
When you know you need to hustle hard:
You need me to get that s**t together
So we can get together – Get it Together (More Life)
When you need to remind yourself that you can do better:
I’m too good to you
I’m way too good to you
You take my love for granted
I just don’t understand it – Too Good (Views)
Between us just like picket fences
You got issues that I won’t mention for now – Passionfruit (More Life)
I need you to stop runnin’ back to your ex, he’s a wasteman – Blem (More Life)
When you know a smaller real circle is better than a larger fake circle:
I cannot tell who is my friend
I need distance between me and them – Madiba Riddim (More Life)
When you can see right through people:
I got fake people showin’ fake love to me
Straight up to my face, straight up to my face – Fake Love (More Life)
And now you’re tryna make me feel a way, on purpose
Now you’re throwing it back in my face, on purpose
Now you’re talking down on my name, on purpose, yeah
And you don’t feel no way, you think I deserve it – Feel No Ways (Views)
When you just want to throw shade:
My enemies want to be friends with my other enemies
I don’t let it get to me – Hype (Views)
Dissin’, but got pictures with me smilin’ though
All the things you need, you still want problems though
All the things I know, I still been silent though – Do Not Disturb (More Life)
Do you turn to music on good days or bad? What kind of music has helped you cope through difficult times in the past? I would love to know! Comment below, and remember, don’t Drake and drive… you might end up at your ex’s place.