No matter how you look at it, Drake has changed the game. His type of hip-hop spans a spectrum, from hard-hitting and gritty lyrics to romantic manifestations of his desires, without losing the integrity of what makes his flow so intriguing.
Drake seems to tap into his emotions, which is a refreshing quality for a lyricist because it allows us to truly connect to his lyrics, but hip-hop critics (read: purists) call him “soft” and complain about Drake for reliving heartbreak and relationship’s disappointments. His love interests are always big interest for gossip bloggers (we’re no different; well, maybe a little).
Instead of nitpicking who Drake’s dating – and since his lyrics are so telling of what he does in relationships – we decided to take some of his lyrics and decipher exactly what Drake has done wrong in his relationships–and what he could do better.
1. “Thrill Is Gone” from Room For Improvement
I Guess In My Southern Eyes That She Decent Maybe
Well Second Thought If We Have It Then She Can Keep The Baby
Cuz She Ain’t Give Me The Butterflies That Alicia Gave Me
It’s Like I’m Using Some Bread To Sop Up Some Decent Gravy
Now I’m Out Of Both And I’ve Been Thinking Of Alicia Lately
I’m All Alone, I Got A Feeling It’s On
Cuz Nowadays Most Of The Thrill Of Chillin’ Is Gone
Ever notice how men seem to move on from a failed relationship a lot quicker than women? Most times women need to heal emotionally before starting something new and men need a distraction from their feelings. Drake used the “decent” chick to get over Alicia.
Lesson to learn: Take some time to get over your ex before moving on to the next. No one ends up with the rebound.
2. “Video Girl” from Room For Improvement
And She Simply A New Model
Stay Spendin’ Dollars
But She Got Less Sense Than A Empty Perfume Bottle
At Times She A Solid Chick
And I’m A Sucka For The Cuties
So She Always Lookin’ Good When My Wallets Thick
If rappers, actors and the like didn’t fall for the Superhead type, there’d be no Superhead to reference. So, of course it happens. Drake even found himself with his own video girl/reality star–Cat Washington.
Lesson to Learn: It shouldn’t ever be only about the physical. Of course we have to be attracted to our mate, but there should be something between you beyond the surface.
3. “Closer” from Comeback Season
Ex girl strippin’
I can’t stop her
New girl trippin’ but I can’t drop her
‘Cause I need somethin’ to balance out the fact
That it’s hard to find a woman when you talented and black
It seems like Drake just chooses the wrong girls, no? When you chase the extremely attractive types, you miss out on substance. (No offense to all you uber attractive folks).
Lesson to learn: Don’t assume just because you are on a higher level than most that you can’t find quality, but also realize that because of who you are and what you have, part of them will be attracted to you because of that.
4. “Replacement Girl” from Comeback Season
I’m far from the man that I used to be
And I don’t ever really kick game,
And I know you find it impressing when you’re introduced to me
Confidence in oneself is necessary, but that thin line between confidence and cockiness is virtually invisible and cocky doesn’t work for many women. (Correction–yes it does).
Lesson to learn: Don’t ever think you’re too fly to have to try with women. We love romance and if we see your effort, you’re golden. You get nowhere if you don’t try.
5. “Where To Now” from Comeback Season
Ethiopian girl Ethiopian girl with yo long curly hair and yo big ass booty
Reading all them pro black pro female books
Just let ’em let ’em know that you ain’t no groupie
You need a prescription a vision correction
I’m young and successful I’m living perfection
There goes that cockiness again. Ok Drake, we get it. You’re young, rich and perfect but we know there’s more to you than that, right?
Lesson to learn: Perfection doesn’t exist. The type of person that believes in their own perfection will forever search for a mate that can live up to who and what they are.
6. “Don’t You Have a Man” from Comeback Season
Well, I’ma give it to you, honeybunches
You feel it all under ya ribs like some tummy crunches
All my other girls all up on that subtle shit
They don’t wanna cut it, they wanna wrap it and cuddle with
Men and sex may as well be synonymous. They think about it all the time. It’s the “thing” your mom warned you they’d always be after. Some women don’t mind being their sexual object, but most women want you to want them to go deeper than what’s between our legs.
Lesson to learn: Women are more than sexual objects and if you make an effort to care about the things they care about, you’d probably get a lot farther than ever before. Also, it doesn’t hurt to cuddle.
7. “Missin’ You” from Comeback Season
I’m scared that every girl I care for
Will find a better man and end up happier in the long run
Lesson to learn: You can’t be in a relationship if you’re worried about the next man. That will give her ammunition to fight and a reason to leave you. You’ve got to enjoy the hear and now.
8. “Best I Ever Had” from So Far Gone
Buzz so big I could probably sell a blank disk
When my album drop
Bitches will buy it for the picture
This song is supposed to be about the best he’s ever had, right? So how did we end up with him as the subject matter? And bragging, no less?
9. “Unstoppable” from So Far Gone
And I fall in love with girls caught up with superficial glamour
who dress like Sarah Jessica
and live like Princess Diana
so often they have addictions
Did I already mention Drake’s obsession with picking the wrong type of chicks?
Lesson to learn: Fix your picker. Stop going for the superficial and look for substance.
10. “Bria’s Interlude” from So Far Gone
I`m aware that we just met,
I don`t wanna leave you yet,
Promise that I won`t forget,
Don’t get confused, although women love the romance, we typically ignore the guy that’s clinging upon first sight.
Lesson to learn: Giving a woman all of your attention is the quickest way to lose her attention.
11. “Fireworks” from Thank Me Later
You could have been the one but it wasn’t that serious
There was smoke in the air before now its me clearing it
That felt good, all and all I learned a lesson from it though
You never see it coming you just get to see it go
Drake’s pride seems to always get the best of him. How, in one breath, could someone be the one, then not that serious? You really liked her, it didn’t work out, but don’t come back with, “It wasn’t that serious” when you knew it was.
Lesson to learn: Drake says he’s learned his lesson from this one, so does that mean we can count on him not to reflect negatively when relationships don’t work out?
12. “Karaoke” from Thank Me Later
I know they say the first love is the sweetest
But that first cut is the deepest
I tried to keep us together you were busy keeping secrets
Secrets you were telling everybody but me
Relationships are built on trust and if you can’t trust the person you’re with, what are you doing with them?
Lesson to learn: Don’t stay somewhere when you know the person you’re with doesn’t have qualities you like, especially when it’s something basic like honesty.
13. “Shut It Down” from Thank Me Later
Yeah, baby you finer than your fine cousin
And your cousin fine, but she don’t have my heart beating in double time
Interesting. Drake, darling, you lack focus. Can’t your girl just enjoy a full compliment without you mentioning how fine her cousin is?
14. “Unforgettable” from Thank Me Later
Thinking about what we had and missing you,
But I ain’t Santa, I got something for these bad bitches too
I mean paparazzi on me, trying not to get called out
They always seem to catch me with the women that I brought out
Baby, don’t hold on too long ’cause that’s how them stories start out
Stories can only start from a given starting point. Having women out on the town is an easy way to get your cheating ways caught on camera for you girl to see.
Lesson to learn: Dating multiple people is perfectly fine when you’re just dating. But when you decide to make you situation one on one, it should be that.
15. “Marvin’s Room” from Take Care
I’ve had sex four times this week I’ll explain
Having a hard time adjusting to fame
Let’s be serious, it’s not the fame–that just makes the sex more available. It’s your choice.
Lesson to learn: Don’t look for ways to blame your thirst for sex on your fame. It’s your choice to sleep with what’s thrown at you.
16. “The Real Her” featuring Andre 3000 and Lil’ Wayne
You got your guards up, I do too. There’s things we might discover
Cause you got a path and I do too, we’re perfect for each other
We all start relationships with our guards up, but if we are to open up to our mate, we have to put them down. Drake’s right on with this one, however, there is a lesson here.
Lesson to learn: Never assume someone is perfect for you before they’ve let their guard down.
17. “Little Bit” on So Far Gone
you can teach me many things
I’m just scared to learn a lesson
Welp. What can you say?
Lesson to learn: Drake can’t learn anything because he’s scared. Interesting.