Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Can I Song Lyrics Meaning - Drake


Read Drake - Can I Lyrics Song Meaning Explained.

Album: Care Package
Release Date: August 2, 2019
Record Label: OVO, Republic Records
Songwriter: Aubrey Graham, Shebib, Knowles, J. Marr
Producer: 40

Beyoncé monotonically chants the opening to all of Drake’s questions as he asks his girl permission to do various different things and closes with them with a pet name—her voice then eerily echoes and lingers in the background.

The whole verse structure (interpolation of Drake’s rap, into Beyoncé’s line) serve to give extra meaning to Drake’s line, in a similar manner to what Kanye achieved with Nina Simone’s sample in “Blood On The Leaves.”

The effect adds to the sense of venting in the song: there is a constant flow of interruption, as if the ‘Can I’ and ‘Baby’ are the girls attempts to enter into the conversation that Drake himself is asking for. Ironically (and tragically) his inability to allow her space stops that same conversation from happening and we understand—‘all we ever talk about is me’—as a kind of self-destructive, self-fulfilling prophecy.

Drake wants to bring this girl home. Toronto was given the nickname “The 6” because of its area codes 416 and 647.

I was runnin' through the 6 with my woes
You know how that should go

Drake’s flaw is that he can’t be consistent with women. No matter how many times he tries to do so, he ends up being inconsistent. While the media and rap game are focused on Drake, he’s tired of the attention always being on him. Rather than every conversation feeling like an interview, he want’s his girl to open up and let him know what she wants to do with the rest of her life.

I needed to hear that shit, I hate when you’re submissive / Passive aggressive when we’re texting, I feel the distance

In order for him to truly open up to a girl like this, he needs her to let him in. Later in the verse he talks about his desire to hear her voice and wanting to open up to her, but first he needs to know what her aspirations are.

Drake leaves this girl a very open question to determine what kind of person she is. Andre 3000 did something similar in the Outkast song “Da Art of Storytellin' (Part 1)”:

Talking bout what we gonna be when we grow up
I said what you wanna be, she said, “Alive”
It made me think for a minute, then looked in her eyes

Drake may be looking for a deep thinker, like Sasha, to accompany him and hold him steady. Typically people want fame, fortune and parties to surround them, but with a man like Drake she has plenty of opportunities to build upon. Another simple choice, as Lennon put it, would be “happy” or “loved.”

When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment. I told them they didn’t understand life. - John Lennon

Whatever her desires may be, Drake’s willing to give her the support to make it happen. However his interest in her is flickering and he doesn’t want another woman with no aspirations coming to him for fame and money. Drake needs a woman he can connect with deeply to ensure the light of their relationship remains bright. In the final line, he presses for an answer so he’ll know whether to keep the light of their connection burning or to shut it down.

It seems as if texting has replaced calling as the main form of communication, especially in this generation – Drake offers to call her on her hotline. Drake prefers hearing her voice over monotonous sound of a text message, or the humdrum vibrations that occur every other second.

This may allude to his unreleased track from If You Are Reading This It Is Too Late, “My Side”:

You don’t ever come to where I stay at
If anybody knows, girl you know, I know

Drake has been feeling like his relationship with his girl hasn’t been working out. Drake blames himself for the failed relationship and wants to know how he can be completely devoted to her.