Ladies up north represent representing
Ladies down south represent representing
When the mic is in my hand I'm never hesitant
My favorite jam back in the day was Eric B For President, it's evident

from Drake (Ft. Voyce) – Smile Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Drake flips the opening lines from A Tribe Called Quest’s “Steve Biko”, making it clear that he reps everywhere.

Linden Boulevard represent, represent
Tribe Called Quest represent, represent
When the mic is in my hand, I’m never hesitant
My favorite jam back in the day was Eric B for President

Eric B & Rakim’s “Eric B Is President” came out in 1986, the same year that Drake was born. The chances of Drizzy having heard it back in the day are slim. Still, it’s a nice shout out — to Tribe and Eric B & Rakim.

Side Note: In an interview with Vanessa Jasey, Eric B named Drake as one of his favorite artists. The love goes both ways.

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