It began to get to a point in Drake’s career where he was looked at as just the kid from Degrassi with some nice flows and melodies. Who would possibly be threatened by this guy right? Being hard? That was never in Drake’s disposition and in the real world, it still isn’t. He reached a point where enough was enough, and that’s when we received the track “Energy.” He refused to let anyone talk down on him. From there, there was new energy in Drake’s demeanor and I feel as though that’s where he gained — not respect exactly — but new-found confidence in himself. He understood that the power of his mind was stronger than any weapon that held possibilities of disrupting his breaths. This wasn’t the same Drake that made “Sooner Than Later,” he’s now in a higher place. The subject matter in his music changed dramatically, but his previous aims have not gone completely absent. Instead, we were gifted tracks like “Energy” and “Digital Dash.” To speed things up, we have “Sneakin.”
I wasn’t expecting the first track on More Life to be a track like “Free Smoke,” but it worked well. Instantly, I thought Drake was about to talk his shit over the Hiatus Kaiyote “Building A Ladder” sample, but then just like that, Boi1da and Allen Ritter snap on the production — that reminded me of an enhanced “Summer Sixteen” production—preceding Drake.
Drake goes through a lot of moments in his life; the reflection is humbling for him on this specific track. He’s thankful, yet mindful of those that try to test him.
“Almost gave up on the music thing but we all so spoiled now.”
I couldn’t imagine music without Drake — hate him or love him — we can’t deny the impact he’s had on the industry. Shout to the ones that led the way before him (*cough* Kanye’s 808’s).
“I drunk text J-Lo, old number so it bounce back.”
This line came across as braggadocios. I don’t think many of us have the luxury of even communicating with J-Lo, so the fact that Drake even has this opportunity, is kind of cool.
“Used to get paid for shows and front door money. Five, tens, twenties, hand sanitizer after you count that.”
Drake is no longer doing small(er) venues like he was a decade ago. Higher in stature, these days are long gone. From selling out House of Blues in Chicago to selling out stadiums in Melbourne, Australian, here’s to more life.
“Girls wouldn’t even think of recording me, I fall asleep in sororities. I had some different priorities, Weezy had all the authority. Women I like was ignoring me, now they, like ‘aren’t you adorable? I know the question rhetorical.”
For some reason, this line reminded me of Drake’s line in “Hype,” where he said: “Chasin’ women a distraction. They wanna be on T.V. right next to me. You cannot be here right next to me. Don’t you see Riri right next to me?” From women not recording his movements to being next to Rihanna and other beautiful women, Drake reflects on the hands of time.
“I didn’t listen to Hov on that old song when told me pay it no mind. I get more satisfaction outta going at your head and seeing all you die.”
Remember that time Hov gave Drake advice on “Light Up” and warned him about the industry people who would attempt to cut his oxygen off? Instead of listening to Hov’s 2009 advice of ignoring them, Drake created songs like “Back 2 Back” and went at other’s necks, which leads to the last lyrics.
“How you let the kid fighting ghost-writing rumors turn you to a ghost? oh you n***as got jokes. Free smoke, free smoke.”
Meek…never mind, you guys know how that one unfolded. “Free Smoke” is championed through Drake’s reflective lyrics and statement of saying that anyone can get the business and there aren’t any exemptions. Even though 40 (Noah Shebib) would rather Drake relax from putting people in their place, Drake will never see things in that light again. “Diss me and you’ll never hear a reply back,” Drake once said and will never mean again. This smoke is free.