I learned working with the negatives could make for better pictures

from Drake (Ft. Lil Wayne) – HYFR Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Drake takes the workings of a camera — photo negatives are eventually developed into normal pictures — and uses it to talk about how embracing the negative sides of his personality and life ended up making his music more effective

Drake’s lyrics are often introspective and self-deprecating. He often talks about some of his more negative attributes; however, he has succeeded with this style because it has set him apart from other rap artists. He has always been known to go against the grain and do the opposite of what critics think he should do.

Also, working with the negatives could reference working with his haters and getting inspiration from them.

(A potential homage to a lyric from Lauryn Hill “Develop a negative into a positive picture” from Everything is Everything)

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