Friday, September 11, 2020

5AM in Toronto Song Lyrics Meaning - Drake

Read Drake - 5AM in Toronto Lyrics Song Meaning Explained.

Album: Care Package
Release Date: August 2, 2019
Record Label: OVO, Republic Records
Songwriter: Aubrey Graham, Samuels, Hernandez, Ritter
Producer: Boi-1da, Vinylz, Ritter, Seetharam

Thomas Campos and Dice “The City Of Godz” Raw are members of the ALIFE New York family, and friends of Drake. They go way back. Drake shouts them out on his album Thank Me Later’s liner notes.

So Far Gone, Drake’s breakout mixtape dropped in 2009. In the four years that have followed Drake has had enormous success.

Drake is the titleholder of both Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop chart and Rap chart. He recently surpassed first Diddy with his 11th No. 1 on Billboard’s Rap Songs chart and then Jay-Z for the most Number 1 Hip-Hop/R&B singles and hasn’t looked back since.

Billboard’s most number-one Rap Songs
(name, debut year – total)
1. Drake, 2009 – 14
2. Diddy, 1997 – 10
3. Kanye West, 2005 – 9

Billboard’s most number-one Hip-Hop/R&B singles
1. Drake, 2009 – 10
2. Jay-Z, 1995 – 9
3. Lil Wayne, 1999 – 8

To answer his question…

His first charted number one song comes from the mixtape So Far Gone which was released on september 15, 2009 and the latest charted number one comes from his second studio album Take Care which was released on november 15, 2011. Answer…2 years between the projects. Impressive!

According to the all insightful Drizzy Drake, most of hip-hop’s hits are Drake assisted. This pisses off artists because they supposedly can’t get a number 1 or a successful hit without him. They can’t do anything about it though, because they need that hit. Drake might have a point.

In 2012 alone, four of the eight singles Drake was featured on charted in the top five of Billboard’s Rap Songs Chart: “No Lie” with 2 Chainz (#1), “Pop That” with French Montana (#2), “Amen” with Meek Mill (#4), and “Fuckin' Problems” with A$AP Rocky (#2, also #10 on the Pop chart). (“Poetic Justice” and “Bitches Love Me” were officially released in 2013 but they also charted at #6 and #3, for your information.) Drake is dominating the charts right now and there is nothing we can do about it.

On the other hand, this may not be a diss to the artists that he collaborates with – which do need him, but never hated on him – but rather a diss to the hip-hop fans that keep on hating on him just because he represents hiphop in a different way, and even if they won’t admit it, they know his has made important contributions to hip-hop culture: singing his own hooks, introspective emotional point of view, being “real” rather than trying to pose like someone else, production influence from 40/Boi-1da/T-Minus, the fact that he’s a jewish light-skinned Canadian ex-teenage actor and its implications on what a rapper should look like. cf. Aristophones on Alcibiades: “They love, and hate, and cannot do without him.”

Drake feels like he has the whole rap game shook to say something negative about him, and so they’re quiet and taking no shots like a gun on safety.

This track is released in the cultural context of a fierce public debate about gun control taking place in the U.S. in 2012-2013. Building off the preceding lines, artists within the industry won’t make the negative remarks about him publicly as they do in private due to their need for him.

A continuance of the gun metaphor from the previous line – Drake could give everyone a faulty gun that fires backwards (ie. into the shooter), and no one would be killed, because no one would dare try to shoot Drizzy. They need him too much. He is also implying that other rappers are fake; even if every gun backfired and killed the shooter, no rappers would die because none of them shoot guns for real. Drake has been attacked by critics for putting on a “tough guy” or “gangster” persona at times ( Examples: “Headlines” and “Stay Schemin'”) while it is very apparent that he never has been involved in that lifestyle. Here he offloads some of that criticism to other rappers.

Since achieving unimaginable fame, the list of people taking shots at Drake is a long one. However, Drake doesn’t acknowledge them as he’s filthy rich and enjoying life. He is referencing the phrase “laughing all the way to the bank,” as exemplified in the 50 Cent track “Straight to the Bank” where you can hear a “ha ha ha ha” throughout the song.

Possible reference to Pusha T’s diss track Exodus 23:1. The production sampled The Notorious B.I.G. What’s Beef? – Drake creates a play on laughter – He can’t hear the shots/threats because he’s too busy laughing that he’s rich.

Drake’s living the ultimate luxury lifestyle like Frank Sinatra used to enjoy. Sinatra was a huge influence on Drake and other R&B/hip-hop acts. Drake plays on the name Frank to be blunt, telling it like it is.

This may also be a reference to Common’s track Sweet where he disses Drake saying “You aint mothafucking Frank Sinatra”. This is also double reference to hooking up with Serena Williams (Common’s girl) and hooking up with Rihanna (Chris Brown’s girl).

The “Frank” could also be referring to Frank Ocean who allegedly got into a heated altercation with Chris Brown. This would be more evidence that this line is aimed at Breezy and Rihanna. Also, this could be a wordplay on the name Sinatra. The way he pronounces it also makes it sound like “So not your lifestyle”.

Drake is stealing your girl and treating her to things you could never afford to give her. Possible shot at Chris Brown who Drake’s had beef with for a while.

Rihanna is currently dating Chris again. However, she’s linked to Drake through music and friendship so when she’s not with Breezy, she could be jamming with Drizzy.

Also, Rihanna is the money maker in the relationship. According to Forbes, Riri made 53 million this last year and 28 mill the year before. That’s a lot more than Chris makes, so Drake could be poking fun at the fact that she’s really the provider in the relationship and she can do things not in Chris’s budget. Wildin', doin shit that’s way out of your budget. Like dropping 50k at a strip club..? Could also be another shot at Common, as some believed Serena Williams was the cause of the Drake/Common beef.

The OVO merchandise is flying off the shelves. Girls going on holiday or just travelling round the world have his sweaters inside their suitcase. In the previous line we speculated that he could be having secret meetings with Rihanna so his OVO sweater could be inside her suitcase as she jets around the world.

Drake dropped “5AM” purely for fans, not placing the track as a single or future album credit. Even on his throw-away song, though, he sounds like a legend. Just because Drake pushes it out for free does not mean that he slacks. This also refers back to the girl. Drake’s sex with her is good enough to make it to tape, looking more like porn than your everyday couple. They look good.

This could be Drake claiming that girls adore his “drive”, being an innuendo to his sex game (referring to the “tape” in the previous line). While also being a double entendre to saying girls love his work ethic which refers to the “drive” and how he never gives himself any time to relax, a brake like a car. Girls are impressed by it. He never gives the girl, during sex, nor his work, a break.

Drake has been on numerous hits the past couple years. Due to his versatility as an artist he can sing the hook (Love Me – Lil Wayne), rap the verse (Pop That – French Montana), and on occasion write the song (Your Type – Jamie Foxx). Or all three.

He’s reinforcing why rappers need him more than they hate him. This seems to be referencing the line about how all rappers need him to be successful. Drake has been doing loads of features recently, boosting up many careers.

Drake is also suggesting that he has laid the template for a successful rap song style & rap career, that is why the next line explains how it appears as if every rapper is mimicking his style, in order to remain commercially successful. Even though he’s featured on others peoples songs, Drake tends to hog whatever song he’s on, getting on the hook and a verse so whatever it is it sounds like ‘Drake ft Drake’. For example: No lie; 2 chainz ft Drake. Doesn’t actually make that much sense when you think about it…

Alternately, some Drake songs feel like they have Drake as the featured artist because he’s singing on the choruses and rapping on the verses, i.e. Over off his “Thank Me Later” album. He sings, raps, acts, and even cooks. Alternately, and more likely, he is saying that even those who aren’t actually featuring Drake are copying his style and his flow. Shout out to Jibbs

Another meaning could be that since Drake has a distinct sound in terms of lyricism and lyrical themes, whenever he writes a song for another artist (that he’s already featured on) it just sounds like two of him instead of the artist featuring him. Like in that Jamie Foxx song – Fall For Your Type. That’s just Drake written all over it.

“Str8/Tr8” and “Y pree?” are popular slang in Jamaica and undoubtedly in Canada as well. The former is a stylized version of “straight”, often used as a term of affirmation and the latter is simply asking why people are watching the moves he makes so intently.

Vybz Kartel had a big part in popularising the latter phrase with “World Boss (Y Pree).”