When you reach Drake’s status, in what seems to be a short time, people either love you or hate you. Or maybe there are some who are indifferent. Those who are able to give props where props are due, regardless of whether an artist is one of their favourites or on regular rotation, talent is talent! Dope is dope, so it’s always good to leave the bias out of the co-signing. Anyway, let’s bring it back on track (pun intended). Drake’s opening verse on Headlines is the perfect way to start off his second album’s first official single.
I might be too strung out on compliments, overdosed on confidence
Started not to give a fuck and stopped fearing the consequence
Drinking every night because we drink to my accomplishments
Faded way too long, I’m floatin’ in and out of consciousness
Within the first few bars Drake basically summarizes the year he’s had since dropping his first album, Thank Me Later. He puts his accomplishments into perspective by saying there is a reason to celebrate! Drake recognizes all of the praises he has received, but also addresses the naysayers. He is brushing off the critics and is basically on a high from all that has happened.
And they sayin’ I’m back, I agree with that
I just take my time with all this shit, I still believe in that
I had someone tell me I fell off, ooh I needed that
And they want to see me pick back up, well where’d I leave it at?
People are saying he’s got his fire back and Drake agrees, he is killing it, but never felt he fell off in the first place. He lets us know that regardless of what you believe he does take his time to put out quality, because he still believes in the music. The hate received is welcomed because it just makes him go harder.
I know I exaggerated things, now I got it like that
Tuck my napkin in my shirt cause I’m just mobbin like that
You know good and well that you don’t want a problem like that
You gonna make someone around me catch a body like that
In the beginning he may have exaggerated on what level he was living, but it doesn’t matter because it’s his reality now. In the napkin line, basically he is saying he is living life as lavishly as a mobster. Then ties it in by making a threat to those opposing his success – Telling them they don’t really want to start anything with him. They will be dealt with in the same manner a mobster would. I think he really means lyrically though, on the mic.
No, don’t do it, please don’t do it
Cause one of us goes in, and we all go through it
And Drizzy got the money, so Drizzy gonna pay it
Those my brothers, I ain’t even gotta say it
That’s just something they know
Continuing with the threat he warns the contesters not to do it. Reason being if there is a beef with him, all of his affiliates will be involved. Drake is not concerned with the consequences (as he said earlier), he will deal with it. It’s nothing.
This verse easily becomes something you cannot help but recite along with. It is a fair balance of Drake’s spittin’ and sangin’ and as it builds, it peaks your interest as to what we will hear on Take Care, which is set to drop November 15, 2011.