Friday, August 28, 2020

Days in the East Song Lyrics Meaning - Drake

Read Drake - Days in the East Lyrics Song Meaning Explained.

Album: Care Package
Release Date: August 2, 2019
Record Label: OVO, Republic Records
Songwriter: Aubrey Graham, Shebib, Jahron Braithwaite
Producer: PartyNextDoor, 40

Drake never finishes the first line, leaving the listener to question who he’s talking about. Many believe it’s Rihanna, not only because the third line ends with “drama,” but because the two have a history together, as reported in an April 2014 MTV News article that states: they’ve been spending plenty of time together in Europe

If the missing word isn’t Rihanna, however, Drake could be be reassuring Rihanna that she’s the only one for him. It should also be noted that the response vocals at the end of these lines are sampled from the music group, The Kids at Widney High from the 2005 film, The Ringer.

Drake spends a lot of time on the Eastside of Toronto, usually with his main man Chubbs, as he stated on his June 2013 track, “The Motion”:

And my dog Chubby Chub, that’s my nigga from the way
On the Eastside of the city, that’s where everybody stay

He rapped about the difficulties of balancing his lifestyle with his relationships and family on his June 2010 track, “The Resistance”:

I heard they just moved my grandmother to a nursing home
And I be acting like I don’t know how to work a phone

Drake switched from his more assertive and aggressive flow as presented on April 2014’s “Draft Day” to a softer poetic flow that reflects his ties to R&B. Furthermore, singer PARTYNEXTDOOR produced this beat, which further enhances the OVO R&B brand.

This release by Drake was also foreshadowed on “Draft Day”:

That boy singin' on every song when he know he can spit
That boy manifested it, that boy knew it was written
That boy did it on purpose

Drake’s hometown is Toronto, Canada—a place he shouts out on many songs, such as March 2013’s “5 A.M in Toronto.” Drake is also a global ambassador for the Toronto Raptors. The “old hood,” could also be Memphis, Tennessee, where Drake spent his summers with his dad.

Many media outlets have speculated that these lines refer to Rihanna’s controversial relationship with Chris Brown. The two were supposedly back together towards the end of 2012 and the start of 2013

This is also a reference to “Practice” where he says: Don’t give them no more chances, oh girl they had their turn

This could be an indirect reference to DJ Khaled’s song ‘Hold You Down’ where Chris Brown features heavily and fittingly sings the chorus “I’ll Hold You Down” – this fits with the message below.

This verse and song is dedicated to Rihanna almost entirely and Drake confirmed the rumors at his annual OVO Fest held in Toronto. While performing this song he had a picture of her on the screen with the number “6” repeated 3 times. Many people are speculating he’s implying she’s the devil for breaking his heart. The line is sampled from Rihanna’s track “Stay,” which may confirm that this is about her.

Erykah Badu is always looking out for Drake. She even encouraged him to respond to Kendrick’s “Control” verse. Badu has had her own series of high-profile relationships, so she would be in a good position to give Drake advice if he were to, say, be dating a famous pop star. Erykah Badu even did a Vine about this particular line.

Drake trusts his boys to be wary of enemies or fake friends. Although he knows the verbal attacks are often when he’s not around, he’s got family to fill him in. Chubbs is streetwise, but the interweaving of street shit and luxury in the industry requires a dual vigilance. Lowkey, Chubbs admits it’s stressful. Drake agrees, but without attentiveness, OVO could be caught slippin'.

Drake is so busy making music and living the life that the time passes by with him missing out on important events. His nephew turned four without him even noticing the time that went by.

Drake has no issue giving family members a little monetary assistance.

And if you end up needin' some extra help, then I could help
You know, back on your feet and shit
Tryna get my karma up, fuck the guilty and greedy shit

It seems like they run through the money and he is questioning the spending habits.

Drizzy has a storied history with the H-town that dates back many years. Let’s take a quick glance at a history behind Drake’s relationship with Houston:

2008: Drake meets mentor Lil Wayne on November 18th in Houston which would eventually inspire a song on his mixtape. Drake spoke on his meeting with Lil Wayne:
I felt like I hit Houston and got my swag back. I was single, I was with Wayne and it was Houston, I was going nuts, sipping drank, smoking

2009: Drake releases So Far Gone which includes a collaboration with Houston mogul Bun B, a tribute to DJ Screw, and a song entitled “Houstatlantavegas”.
Opening for Bun at Warehouse Live in 2009, he played the infamous “Mo City Don Freestyle” by Z-Ro that had the Houston natives taking over his set.

2010: Drake proclaims he will rep H Town till the day he dies while performing the “June 27th” inspired track in Houston.

2013: Drake shows off his Astros tattoo on Instagram. His tribute for everything Houston has done for him. He also proclaims H- town to be his second home
From this small timeline we can see the indelible impression Houston has left on Drake. It was the first place Drake met Lil Wayne, and thus the birthplace of Champagne Papi’s career. At least that’s one thing him and Beyonce have in common.

Drake pronounces the word “already” with that classic H-Town drawl (awwwready). This popular staple in Texas urban vernacular is prominent in Houston rap and the city’s chopped and screwed style music. Drizzy is truly a connoisseur of the H-Town culture.

The repetition of the word “already” could be an emphasis on how Drake has already reached ultimate success, even though he’s a part (leader) of the new school.