Friday, October 16, 2020

Heat of the Moment Song Lyrics Meaning - Drake

Read Drake - Heat of the Moment Lyrics Song Meaning Explained.

Album: Care Package
Release Date: August 2, 2019
Record Label: OVO, Republic Records
Songwriter: Aubrey Graham, Shebib, Myron Avant, Stephen Huff
Producer: 40

The purpose of this verse is to show that things can change quite drastically (kids not reading at school and wanting to be something they’re not) and how some things never change (cops doing nothing about crime). This is Drake using those examples as a comparison to his own life; will the end of his career spell a change in him or will he be the same old Drizzy. This obviously scares him as he leads into the line in the chorus, ‘I don’t wanna think about that right now’ because, as the first verse shows, he has already.

Drake sees the hip hop game full of artists just echoing one another. There’s a pervasive lack of originality. Kids would rather emulate all of this to be “cool” instead of educating themselves.

Drake does not approve. Education is clearly important to Drizzy. Though he dropped out in his first round of schooling he made a point of going back and is dedicated to educational causes.

Drizzy’s taking the most stereotypical conversation starter – “how about this weather?” – and adding an extremely pessimistic spin regarding global warming. Manmade pollution is causing the planet to heat up, and ice in the Arctic is melting 12% every decade. This doomsday scenario was the plot of the 2004 movie The Day After Tomorrow.

Drake is asked what type of person he’s going to be at the end of his career, but he’s still a young rapper and that outcome is too far away to think about. He has a vision of his career being long lasting and maybe building an empire like Jay Z’s.

Drake is caught up in all of the things he is doing right now. Whether it is working on his new album, touring with Weezy, or appearing in Nicki’s music video. Drake is always grinding. He is too busy to think about the future, he has to make important decisions in a split second, but that really doesn’t phase him because he goes 0 to 100 real quick.

Here a strap refers to a condom. Drake doesn’t see the need for one, but even in the heat of the moment Drake is perfectly fine with strapping on if his girl insists on it. He is about to smash, after all.

Drizzy is possibly referencing the infamous Chris Brown incident where he “fucked up” his picture-perfect relationship with Rihanna. After that rough period in her life, Drizzy swooped in as the gentleman he is and saved her from her abusive relationship and treated her properly.

Like on “How About Now”, Drizzy incorporates recordings of females to further the narrative of the track. The hook sees Drake exploiting the indecency of this girl’s previous partner, but throughout the hook and up to this point, the girl is questioning Drake. She functions as a conscience (albeit with a rather seductive tone), inquiring about his future, reputation, and current choices, whereas Drake displays his disregard for all of those things.

This all embodies the song’s title, “Heat of the Moment”, which essentially equates to Drizzy living in the present over the past or future. Riding clean means to drive under no influence. With his mind clear of all drugs and alcohol, he is completely focused on this one girl he’s going home to enjoy. It’s also worth noting the contrast with clean and dirty here. Drake actually had a photo captioned with this on his Instagram two years ago.

Drake fears girls are only interested in him because of his fame and that notion makes it difficult for him to get romantically involved with anyone. At this point in his life girls come and go and he is constantly on the road because of his hectic schedule. If he had met this girl prior to all of the glitz and glamour he would’ve been more sure that it was all for real.

This girl is trying to give Drake an outside perspective on his life. She is telling him that he is verging on greatness and is living the dream life but he doesn’t recognize this because he is too caught up in the rush of fame and fortune to look back and realize what he has achieved. He had a similar conversation in “The Catch Up”:

Imagine how it feel to watch another nigga at the top
You know that if you wasn’t you, you would be dissin' you, dawg.

Drake seems to gain a lot of insight through a female’s view of him.

As opposed to the first hook, where his girl asks these questions, Drake is now evaluating his own career instead. He is no stranger when it comes to looking forward in his career. Here a strap refers to a condom. Drake doesn’t see the need for one, but even in the heat of the moment Drake is perfectly fine with strapping on if his girl insists on it. He is about to smash, after all.

It was so easy seeing things the first time round when his girl asked him the same questions since he’s caught feelings for her. Because of this, mostly everything she says will sound sweet to him. Without his girl asking the questions, the pressure has finally hit him in reality and recognizes how much of a struggle it is to deal with everything that is going on around him.

Here you can hear Drake’s father (Dennis Graham just schooling his son on some life advice and what it’s really like to be in the heat of the moment. He is a past musician and knows a lot about that lifestyle. The two are talking about how these girls are young, naive and gorgeous but they tend to make poor decisions in the heat of the moment. The two are ultimately shaking their heads at the majority of females these days and wishing for them too change.