Seasonal effect: Literally nothing Emotional affect: You know what? I mean, probably not, because Rihanna has said on several occasions that they’re only friends. This song is about having high expectations, about coming to realizations, and about believing they’re each too good to each other which will inevitably lead to their demise. And Rihanna is also still emotionally invested, and man alive: this album was worth it for this song alone. I don’t care because I am still processing the above-mentioned song and this track lasts less than two minutes.Same.“Child’s Play”Stand-out lyric: “Why you gotta fight with me at Cheesecake / You know I love to go there”Is it about Rihanna? Seasonal effect: Wow, they really just gave up on this didn’t they? Rihanna)Stand-out lyric: “I don’t know how to talk to you / I just know I found myself getting lost with you / Lately you just make me work too hard for you / Got me on flights overseas, and I still can’t get across to you”Is it about Rihanna? She is right here and she is singing and sharing and engaging in this song about a star-crossed couple who can’t even around each other because it’s all just too much. But the instrumentals sound a bit like “Kiss It Better,” so there’s that.If you think Rihanna’s going to stick around while Drake dry-cries, you’ve got another thing coming.But I do love the lyric, “It’s about us right now, girl, where you going? Pimp C & dvsn)Stand-out lyric: “You hit me like, ‘I know you’re there with someone else’ / That pussy knows me better than I know myself”Is it about Rihanna?Rihanna cancelled her Grammys performance, if you recall, so she is absolutely not here in this song about them.
As a love letter to Drizzy’s hometown of Toronto, the album is rich in local references, and details how the city shaped Drake’s persona, his music, and who he’s become in the wake of monumental success.
And while he’s still having a pout, he’s lamenting a little less. Which is how they should feel if Rihanna is not sitting next to them. There’s a lot happening on this track, but none of it heart-centric.
Or, at the very least, he’s not weeping over her choice in going out-wear. )Emotional effect: I mean obviously at some point we will all scream-sing this song and apply it to our own lives.“Hype”Stand-out lyric: “Chasing women a distraction / They want to be on TV next to me / You cannot be here next to me / Don’t you see Riri here next to me? Seasonal effect: A lovely breeze Emotional effect: Same“Weston Road Flows”Stand-out lyric: “Told my Mom that I found a lady in the East”Is it about Rihanna? But Monique gets a shout-out, so let’s raise a glass to that.
Seasonal effect: A little wind, a little drizzle Emotional effect: Emotionally hiking the PCT“Still Here”Stand-out lyric: “Girls in my bed and they don’t trip off first impressions / Girls all in your bed and they just ask a hundred questions”Is it about Rihanna? Also, as previously mentioned, she’s on the album — and if she betrayed Drake by talking about him or spilling the beans, . This is about Drake’s relationship expectations versus the reality in which his girlfriends and/or love interests find themselves.
Rihanna’s out running a few errands, so she’s not here for this song about Drake’s dedication to the rap game and his reflections on how far he’s come. Seasonal effect: A gentle rustling through the trees Emotional effect: Sure“Controlla”Stand-out lyric: “But you can’t just diss and come tell me sorry / You can’t listen to me talk and go tell my story”Is it about Rihanna? The thing is, reading into his lyrics, we know he’s capable of love, but his idea of it has been warped by fame and reality he’s currently living.