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SOTD: You & the 6

Drake’s surprise album,  If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late

Drake’s surprise album, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late

This song is dedicated to Drake’s mother, Sandi Graham. Drake discusses many of the issues he had growing up, and how both his city and his mother helped him cope with all of it. Off If You’re Reading This Too Late, this is probably one of the more personal tracks Drake shares with us. It is nostalgic as it reminisces on his childhood and relationship with both his parents. Lyrics below.

Rider shit

[Verse 1]
Having conversations with mama, man, my life is a mess
Ain't been returning the texts, so she been reading the press
She got Google Alerts, them shits go straight to her phone
She worry 'bout me from home, you know she raised me alone

She said, "I heard you back with you know who"
I told her, "girl, I'm always back with you know who," yeah

And she like, "Who are we kidding? You're 27, you're just being you
You're your father's child, man, thank God you got some me in you"
At least I always, at least I always see it through
At least I'm always being true to what you taught me
Retired teacher, but your words still got me evolvin'

Never get sloppy drunk, but alcohol is problem solvin'
And look I hate it when you hate on all my girlfriends
And assistants always convinced that there's someone better

Like that girl from your gym who trains you
I know you wanna arrange it, you told me she's free Thursday

And I'm sure that she's an angel, but she don't want this life
The timing ain't right
Maybe one day, but even one day with us is the time of her life

We do things that people pay to document
You got the sweetest heart
But I'm not here to give out compliments
Or boost nobody's confidence, momma

I got no friends in this, momma
I don't pretend with this, momma
I'on joke with this, momma

I pull the knife out my back and I cut they throat with it, momma
I'm Game of Thrones with it, momma
I'm Home Alone with it, momma

I'm t-
I really hate using this tone with you, momma
I really hate gettin' aggressive on this phone with you, momma

I really hate wasting your time to check a clone or two, momma
It's just they cloning me, momma
Them niggas wannabes, momma
Its like - I'm the one they wanna be, momma

I just- I- I can't be out here being vulnerable, momma
I mean I kill 'em every time they do a song with me, momma
I sing a hook they sing along with me, momma

What more they want from me, momma?
Yeah, this is a crazy life
But you and the six raised me right

"Don't ever take advice," that was great advice

You and the six raised me right, that shit saved my life

[Verse 2]
Having conversations with momma, we start talkin' 'bout dad
You know he dropping a single, he saying this is his window
That nigga still wearing linen, that nigga still in the club
Call him after we get off the phone and show him some love
That nigga Memphis for real, girl, he love you to death

He made mistakes throughout his life that he still doesn't accept
But he just want our forgiveness,
 and fuck it, look how we're living
I'm content with this story, who are we not to forgive him?
At least I been to a prison, at least I know what it's like
I used to rap on the phone with one of his friends doing life
And now I got me a Grammy, that could be part of the reason

Let's just call this shit even, we got some things to believe in
Do you remember back to Weston Road, Scarlett Road?
Hangin' with Aaron Bell and Reny
Shit could've gone south for me, he looked out for me, ma

He never let me do drugs
He let me shoot a gun one summer, but out there everyone does

He made me listen to his music, old music, soul music
Shit that can only be created if you go through it
I used to get teased for being black
And now I'm here and I'm not black enough

'Cause I'm not acting tough
Or making stories up 'bout where I'm actually from, yeah

But I just roll with it, momma, rolling stone with it, momma
Gotta be careful around Rolling Stone
Or anyone that's tryna throw stones at me, momma
I'm not condoning it, momma
They will not tear nothing down,
 I built this home for you, momma
Know I don't call enough, momma
I just been working with so little time for personal, momma, yeah
Hard labor let me pay the price

You and the six raised me right, that shit saved my life

“Some of the best moments from the song come when Drake speaks about real emotions that he has for his mother, which are both positive and negative — and the song gets even better by the end when he admits that her advice and being raised by her and "the 6" (aka, Toronto) saved his life.”