Friday, September 4, 2020

4PM in Calabasas Song Lyrics Meaning - Drake

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Album: Care Package
Release Date: August 2, 2019
Record Label: OVO, Republic Records
Songwriter: Aubrey Graham, Anderson Hernandez, Adam Feeney, Allen Ritter
Producer: Vinylz, Frank Dukes, Ritter

“Janky” means unreliable or undesirable. Hip-hop has a tradition of “braggadocio” rap, and Drake is no stranger to this. On tracks like “Legend” and “0 to 100” he claims:

If I ain’t the greatest then I’m headed for it
That mean I’m way up

Drake appears to shun other rappers who take a similar route. If he considers himself the best, then everyone else must be lying. This is also a reference to the 2009 Ice Cube movie, Janky Promoters.

Drake believes his label is as prominent as the New York Yankees, an American baseball team that were founded over a century ago (in 1901). The franchise holds two of the most important MLB team records with 18 division titles and 27 World Series championships.

Drake’s OVO Sound record label was founded in 2012 and has since cultivated its own unique sound that has heavily influenced modern day hip-hop and R&B. This is powered by their talented roster of artists, such as PartyNextDoor, Roy Woods, and Majid Jordan. Additionally, thanks to Drake, Toronto’s OVO, and more broadly the Canadian rap scene, is now as established in mainstream hip-hop as any American (“Yankee”) rap label.

While Drake and his crew make decisions with military precision, his opposition are “tanking,” another term for losing. Drake touches on the movement of his crew and the aggressive nature of the rap game in his remix of Wiz Kid’s track “Ojuelegba”:

Look, it’s gon' be a long long time ‘fore we stop
Boy better know, they better know who make the scene pop
All I ever needed was a chance to get the team hot
Only thing I fear is a headshot or a screenshot

This is also a nod to the No Limit record label’s logo, which pictures an army tank.

Drake boasts that he’s the one in the club sending bottles of Cristal to people. Cristal is an expensive champagne produced in France by Louis Roederer.

This may also be an allusion to Drake’s 2012 fight with Chris Brown in a NYC nightclub. In 2012, Drake and Brown fought when the two got into a fight after Drake allegedly sent Brown a bottle with a disparaging note about Rihanna. While they squashed the beef, it resurfaced in 2015. Drake is also a noted bottle sender, lacing Charlamagne Tha God with 6 bottles of Dom Perignon after he mentioned sending bottles to the radio personality in “Back to Back.”

Drake spoke at length during his interview with Zane Lowe, expressing his frustration and confusion to why upcoming artists, especially those from his city of Toronto, choose to bad mouth him in the media, hoping to get the spotlight onto themselves.

Notable cases include Tory Lanez, who threw shade at Drake during his Breakfast Club Interview. The likes of Meek Mill and Mo-G have called out Drake for not writing his own raps and not crediting his collaborators fairly. They whole demeanor just spells envy. This specific line is a subliminal diss towards Joe Budden, who stated on his podcast that Drake sounded “uninspired” on Views.

Drake believes this hatred is fuelled by pure jealousy, and that the people targeting him should focus on growing their careers instead of derailing his. As he said on “Views”: Look, they’d rather run up on me than towards their goals.

The more successful Drake gets, the more criticism he receives. Views went platinum in just one week, and is his most successful album of 2016, but Drake still receives criticism from the media and people within the music industry.

He spoke on how people in the music industry are appreciating him less because he’s beginning to surpass them during an interview with Zane Lowe:

I’ve always felt like an outsider naturally. […] When you start doing well, people will make you feel like an outsider

This appears to be a direct shot at Puff Daddy, with whom Drake had a dispute in 2014, allegedly over the beat to “0 To 100 / The Catch Up.” Diddy is certainly an OG in the game, and the way Drake says “ha ha ha ha” appears to mock the way Diddy said it during “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down,” which sampled Grandmaster Flash’s “The Message”:

Don’t push us, cause we’re close to the, edge
We’re tryin, not to lose our heads, a-hah hah hah hah

While it was reported in 2015 that the two had squashed their beef, this seems to confirm Drake still has an issue. He may also be referring to Jadakiss, who said on Uncommon Sense that rappers who use ghostwriters (specifically Drake) can’t be in the “top 5” conversation. Slaughterhouse made a similar statement on Ebro:

It don’t stop the music from being great, it don’t stop you from being successful, I don’t lose respect for you personally, but just in my comic book hero, rapper baseball card collection, I can’t put you [in that conversation]. No Way Out is also the name of Diddy’s debut album.

Drake would rather do business and tour, then go to award shows and fraternize with folks he doesn’t really like. He played golf while the 2016 Billboard Awards were on and chose not to perform at the 2016 Grammys. A ticket refers to a million dollars: Drake makes millions of dollars from his shows. His 2013-2015 Would You Like a Tour? raked in over $46 million dollars.

“No Pigeons” is Sporty Thievz’s second and final single, released on their 1999 album Street Cinema. It was a rebuttal of TLC’s hit single, “No Scrubs.” This may be a reference to his SNL skit “Bar Mitzvah In 1999.” Drake’s acting career didn’t take off until 2001, and in 1999 he was just 13 years old. In “All Me," Drake expressed a similar sentiment:

I touched down in ‘86, knew I was the man by the age of 6
I even fucked the girl that used to babysit
But that was years later on some crazy shit

In this bar Drake reveals that for his Club Paradise Tour in 2012 he was encouraged to bring an R&B artist as a support act, as some believed it would be more in line with Drake’s image as an artist. Drake ignored this and brought 2 of the hottest newcomers in the game at the time, Kendrick Lamar and A$AP Rocky.

2Pac and Michael Jackson are both iconic artists, but both operated in different lanes. Although Jackson dabbled in hip-hop, Drake makes the point that his father Dennis Graham told him to combine the two elements and present something the world had never seen before. In an interview, Drake said that his father gave him the idea to rap and sing, and that he initially thought it was “the worst idea.”

In an effort to “shock the world,” Dennis Graham told his son that he needed to both rap and sing. His mother told him on “You & The 6” “Don’t ever take advice,” although it appears he took his father’s, as Drake is arguably a star in both genres, and he told Zane Lowe that Views was his “greatest vocal performance.”