Referencing Stone Mountain, Georgia, where CG grew up, which is also famous for this carving:
Which features Jefferson Davis, Stonewall Jackson, and Robert E. Lee, all who were central figures in the Confederacy
Since the carving is made in granite, the men’s stares are literally hard
It also means that because of his upbringing, being hated on by detractors and dissenters (like the Confederates did to the Union) doesn’t phase him anymore, so he continues to go H·A·M
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A quick capsule description of his life and mindstate before signing with Wayne — a hunger for fame, hangups about girls. Um, how is that different than now?
Drake’s first car was in fact an Acura TSX.
An a-typical Drake talks about his decision to drive an Acura. Those other cars are just too “pretentious”. But hey, if you have the money, then feel free! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zjLZPpRpWg
Tech has stated that “idea” here has a dual meaning — it also serves as a tribute to his longtime friend and sometimes battle partner, Michael “Eyedea” Larson, who passed away in October, 2010
Juvie is apparently quite the football fan:
It’s true. Juvie has been “that nigga” in New Orleans at least since 1991’s classic collaboration with D.J. Jimi, “Bounce (for the Juvenile)”
Drake not doing anything when he heard a white person say nigga implies that he doesn’t care if they do, but is worried some black guy at the party might get into an altercation with the white person over it. The point of this line at the end was to describe the general vibe of the party and the people there. They aren’t close friends and even have hostilities towards each other as someone might start a fight over the word nigga, so Drake doesn’t feel comfortable there and isn’t having a good time.
His ex wouldn’t come to the party, so Drake stayed there on his own. He hooked up with a girl there but now she’s puking and he’s taking care of her because he isn’t a dick, but he’s definitely having a bad time. The ending is supposed to illustrate him feeling more alone at this party of distanced, hostile people than actually being alone, and it’s made him even more depressed than he already was about missing his ex.
Chantal is a well-known Canadian singer. She was extremely happy to work with Drizzy:
I am thrilled because the creative process was beautiful. I feel privileged to have lent my voice and melodic take on his fancy footwork
This hook is a quote from KRS-One’s verse on the Just-Ice song “Moshitup”
As mentioned in the song notes, this hook comes from the song “I’ll Take Care of You” by Brook Benton. Here’s Bobby “Blue” Bland singing it in likely its earliest recorded version, from 1959:
Apparently, for once Ross isn’t exaggerating. Courtside tickets to the NBA finals will cost you in the range of $15-30K. If he’s at a regular season game, though, he’s getting robbed!