After a two year hiatus, Drake released his highly anticipated, “Certified Lover Boy.” The intro to this album is the song, Champagne Poetry. In this intro, Drake cuts the song into two parts. In Part 1, Drake speaks about how he has done so much to get to where he is now and others in the rap game still think they are above him or better than him. In Part 2, Drake stops talking about his accolades or his money, and just expresses what it’s like to be at the top. With all the pressure weighing on him, his family, the city he lives in. But its all more of a reason to keep going for him.
I’m tryna just relay what I can see through my own eyes
And nothin’ tell the truth like the eyes will
This quote from Drakes song truly sums up the first part of the song. I can feel the exhaustion in the way he wrote this. Drake wants the listener to feel like they are sitting together having a conversation. This isn’t the strongest example of simile or imagery, but I feel this is an important quote in the song.
I even got the cleanin’ staff plotting extortion on me
My parents’ divorce is on me
My therapist’s voice is making the choices for me
And I always censor myself ’cause no matter what, they reporting on me
The pressure is weighin’ on me
In Part 2 of the song, Drake starts to have this therapy session with himself. His use of diction makes the reader/listener feel sympathy for him. He describes and gives examples about how the pressure of things in his life is getting too much for him. Even though he is a man of high stature, he still feels certain ways like we all do.
My chef got the recipe for disaster baking slowly
My heart feel vacant and lonely, but still
I’m makin’ the most of this shit and more
Every single move is like rolling dice on the board
The simile used in this quote sums up how Drake is living life. He doesn’t know what the dice will say but he’s hoping he’ll get lucky. Through all the pressure boiling and the world falling apart, Drake still finds a way to be content and live life like “rolling dice on the board.”
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This is amazing! I’ve always loved Drake because of his ability to seamlessly convey his emotions into his music. Sometimes I miss what he is saying due to possible happy beats but you broke this down amazingly and I understand this song a lot better.