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Drake: The Words Behind The Lyrics

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The Intro

Drake's latest album 'Nothing Was The Same' is 59 minutes and 26 seconds of lyrical grade cypher. I used RapPad's Blueprint™ technology to analyze the text of the album to analyze core metrics. Then I categorized his lines into 4 sections: relationships, money, family & friendships, and player hating.

The Numbers

For this analysis I took out the hooks, choruses, and cameos from different artists in order to focus on just Drake and his verses.

  • 6487 words (roughly 13 pages worth)
  • 8 270 syllables
  • 2 332 syllables that were involved in a rhyme (27% rhyme density)
  • 194 curse words

Drake doing math

Some other facts:

  • Longest word in the whole album: "procrastination"
  • Most common verbs: LIKE (85 occurences), KNOW (52 occurences), GET (42 occurences)
  • 285 - number of times "i" was used
  • 89 - number of times "me" was used
  • 38 - number of times "nigga" was used
  • 31 - number of times "fuck" was used

Below are a collection of lines that are from the album, organized by which category they are relevant to.

Drake On Relationships

  • Think that's why I need her in my life, to check me when I'm trippin'
  • I might come through without security to check if you're fine
  • And if you end up needin' some extra help, then I could help
  • I made every woman feel like she was mine and no one else's
  • Girl don't treat me like a stranger
  • Naked women swimmin', that's just how I'm livin'
  • I just love when I'm with you, yeah, this shit is on ten
  • You're still the one that I adore
  • Next time we fuck, I don't wanna fuck, I wanna make love
  • You don't love me, you just say that shit to get to me, girl
  • Passive aggressive when we're textin', I feel the distance
  • Know we were goin' through some shit, name a couple that isn’t
  • Who you settlin' for, who better for you than the boy, huh?
  • I got my eyes on you, you're everything that I see
  • Isn't it amazing how you talk all this shit and we still lack communication
  • She just wanna run around the city and make memories
  • And I'd allow her, talk about pussy power
  • I just want some head in a comfortable bed, it could all be so simple
  • Hate when they get too attached to me
  • Met a lot of girls in my times there, word to Paul Wall, not one fronted
  • I was trippin' off how I used to sleep at ya crib
  • I always pour you up a drink and let you burn something
  • I even fucked the girl that used to babysit
  • Everything that I write is either for her or about her
  • I always thought she was perfect when she was being herself

We see a stark contrast between Drake's opinion on relationships. Is Drake a nice guy or a playboy? In the same album Drake makes comments like "I got my eyes on you, you're everything that I see" to "Hate when they get too attached to me" (referring to females). Talk about mixed signals.

Drake doing math

Drake on money

  • Comin' off the last record, I'm gettin' 20 million off the record
  • Rich enough that I don't have to tell 'em that I'm rich
  • Open cases on me for a half a million each
  • Bitch you better have my money when I come for that shit like O.D.B
  • Enough to make you throw up, man it's gross what I net
  • Bar mitzvah money like my last name Mordecai
  • Bank account statements just look like I'm ready for early retirement
  • Locker room full of money, girl you just did it
  • And I’m on the road box office sales, I’m getting paid for all of this shit
  • Cause if we judging off your advances, then I just got paid like eight advances

Drake money making

Drake on family and friendships

  • The family all that matters, I'm just out here with my kinfolk
  • My momma told me this was right for me
  • Livin' at my momma's house we'd argue every month
  • I just ask for some blessings at my grandmother's grave
  • This ain't the son you raised who used to take the Acura
  • I've been dealing with my dad, speakin' of lack of patience / Just me and my old man gettin' back to basics
  • My mother is 66 and her favorite line to hit me with is / Who the fuck wants to be 70 and alone?
  • Your parents sayin' this another phase in your life

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Drake on player hating

  • All of the talkin', got one reply for all of your comments
  • Fuck what you think, I'm too busy, that's why you leave a message
  • I just set the bar, niggas fall under it like a limbo
  • Y'all niggas party too much, man, I just chill and record
  • I'ma worry 'bout me, give a fuck about you
  • Niggas talk more than bitches these days
  • But your shit is like the police asking us questions / Nigga we don't know shit
  • I don't know why they been lying but your shit is not that inspiring
  • I got to kill off the weak shit that's got all you niggas excited
  • I'm holding all the cards and niggas wanna play chess now
  • No game, no scrimmage, I ain't playing with you niggas at all
  • Y'all don't fuck with us, then we don't fuck with y'all
  • But I’m about as big as it gets, I swear y'all just wasting y'all breath

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