Friday, May 15, 2020

When to Say When Song Lyrics Meaning - Drake


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Album: Dark Lane Demo Tapes
Release Date: May 1, 2020
Record Label: OVO, Republic Records
Songwriter: Graham, June James, Alonzo Thornhill
Producer: James, Roxx

This is the producer tag of June James, an American hip-hop producer based out of Houston who has worked with the likes of Travis Scott and YoungBoy Never Broke Again. “When To Say When” marks James and Drake’s first collaborative effort. The tag plays off of James' producer alias of “June, The Genius.”

At the time of the release of “When To Say When,” Drake, who was born on October 24, 1986, was 33 years old. He uses this line to indicate that he has given his life to the game, with all of the years spent on the Earth spent honing his craft in the rap game.

A slight nod to his 2011 hit “The Motto”, Drake drops a similar line in that song when he says “25 sitting on 25 mil' ”.

Now at 33, his wealth has since grown immensely — no longer bragging about just having millions that match his age, he has enough that he could comfortably set aside 33 million as purely emergency or “rain check” money.

In 2017, Drake was asked by the paparazzo how it felt to have been on the Billboard Hot 100 for 431 weeks straight. Drake replied saying, “I need 500”.

Drake has an extravagant $100 million dollar mansion that’s located in his hometown of Toronto, Canada. Dubbed “The Embassy,” the 50,000-square-foot property houses an indoor swimming pool, an NBA regulation-size basketball court, a recording studio, among other things. Drake’s mansion can be seen in the jointed-music video for “When To Say When” and “Chicago Freestyle,” as well as the music video for his April 2020 song, “Toosie Slide.”

He compares “The Embassy” to Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch estate that’s located in California. Jackson first purchased the property in 1988 for a disclosed amount of money. He often invited children to visit and stay at the Ranch—which would eventually result in the infamous child molestation accusations against Jackson, which claimed he assaulted children inside of the home.

“W” is an abbreviation for a win. Drake, being a Toronto native, has bought major buzz to the city. A June 2018 segment of Vice News Tonight reported that Drake’s influence and promotion of “the 6ix” added an estimated $440 million to the city’s $8.8 billion tourism in 2017.

Drake’s also a global ambassador of the Toronto’s Raptors and has been one since 2013 when he and his brand OVO announced a partnership with the Raptors.

In May 2018 it became public knowledge that Drake had a child when Pusha T dropped the track “The Story of Adidon”. Drake’s son, Adonis, was actually born in the previous calendar year, 2017, on October 11th. Drake hadn’t planned on having a child and was initially skeptical as to whether the kid was his. The mother of Drake’s son is Sophie Brussaux. More information on Drake and Sophie’s relationship can be seen here. Despite the pregnancy not having been planned, Drake is still fond of who Sophie is as a person.

“Baby” is a nickname for Birdman, “Tez” is a nickname for Cortez Bryant, Drake’s former manager and Lil Wayne’s a close friend and frequent collaborator of Drake. He’s also signed with Young Money, Wayne’s record label.

In this line, Drake could be generally referring to how he is surrounded by so many people who keep on complimenting him and giving him praise. He wonders if they are doing this genuinely or for their own benefit. Another explanation is that Drake might be responding to Kanye West’s compliments to Drake over the course of their beef.

Contrary to the line, Drake always wears his watch on his right hand which is his dominant arm. Most watches have a crown on the right-hand side, so to avoid damages it is conventionally worn on left-hand. Some fans have pointed out that by wearing his watch on the right-hand Drake pays homage to Canadian ice-hockey player, Tim Horton when he scored the winning goal in the Spengler Cup and tapped to his right hand and asked the crowd “What time is it?”

Drake flips the famous saying about a parent’s unconditional love to express his gratitude to his single mother, Sandra Graham. He famously devoted his February 2015 track, “You & The 6” to his mother, thanking her for her kindness and for her guidance.