What better way to celebrate the holiday than with lines from the 6 god himself?
Drake has never been shy about his love for his Canadian heritage, whether it’s rapping about “the 6” or always sitting courtside at Raptors games. His newest album Views may be his biggest tribute to his country yet, with almost every song mentioning a place or person from his hometown of Toronto.
In honor of Canada Day, here all the references that Drizzy makes to his beloved native land on his latest album:
1. “Keep the Family Close”
“Kennedy Road taught me not to trust people like you.”
Kennedy Road, which the rapper also shouts out in his 2015 song “Energy,” is street in Scarborough, Toronto, a borough where some of the members of Drake’s and his beloved OVO crew grew up and still currently reside.
“Turn the 6 upside down, it’s a 9 now.”
We’ve all rapped along to the lyrics “running through the 6 with my woes” from Drake’s hit “Know Yourself,” but what does “the 6” even mean? Drizzy finally explained in an interview on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon in May that the “6” is short for 416, the area code of the rapper’s hometown, Toronto. Watch Drake clear up our confusion at 0:40.
3. “U With Me?“
“Remember you was livin’ at the London for a month, service up to 4201”
In the Kanye West-produced track, “the London” Drake refers to is a condo in Toronto called London on the Esplanade, which has a nice view of the CN Tower where the rapper likes to sit and chill:
“6 cold like Alaska”
Drake sneaks in a line about the cold temperatures of his city. Luckily, Drake knows how to dress for warm weather.
5. “Weston Road Flows“
“You was ridin’ TTC Metro”
“Been flowin’ stupid since Vince Carter was on some through the legs arm in the hoop shit”
“Drinking Hpnotiq with Glenn Lewis”
“Big Apple had the Hummer parked right in front of Fluid”
“Weston Road Flows,” a track named after the street where the rapper grew up, tells the story of Drake’s past in Toronto and is full of references to his city: Toronto’s subway system TTC Metro, former Toronto Raptor Vince Carter and his famous dunk at the 2000 NBA All-Star Dunk Contest, Canadian R&B singer Glenn Lewis, and Toronto nightclub called the Fluid.
6. “Still Here”
“How did I finesse all this shit from Jane and Weston?”
“Still Here” is basically the backstory behind the rapper’s previous hit, “Started from the Bottom.” The bottom where Drake started from = the intersection of Jane Street and Weston Road in the troubled neighborhood where he grew up. Drake has come a long way – he’s now moving into a mansion in one of Toronto’s most upscale neighborhoods.
“Hall of fame, hall of fame/ like I’m shirt off, like I’m shirt off… Top5 no debating”
Drake compares himself to his friend Hassan “Top5” Ali, a young rapper from Toronto’s Lawrence Heights who is known for taking his shirt off. Top5 has a track called “Hall of Fame” where he name drops Drake. In “Grammys,” Drake returns the favor.
8. “Pop Style”
“This sounds like some forty-three-oh-one shit.”
4301 refers to 4301 Kingston Road, a housing complex in Scarborough, Toronto. Many say the address is where OVO squad member, rapper P Reign, often hangs.
“I worked at Jaydees Connections whenever Jason let me”
“Ceesays, I was buying fitted everyday”
In the album’s title track, Drake mentions how he used to work shifts at the Eglinton West streetwear store Jaydees Connections and buy hats at Ceesays M&M Sporting Goods Military Sporting Goods. Now we know why Drake has always known a thing or two about style.
10. “Summer Sixteen” (Bonus)
“I might get a key to the city and give it to Wayne.”
Drake was in fact awarded a key to Toronto in February, but Mayor of Toronto John Tory joked in a tweet that wouldn’t let Drizzy pass on the key to Lil Wayne.
I’ll tell him he can’t give it to Wayne. pic.twitter.com/R2VWjYgk38
— John Tory (@JohnTory) February 12, 2016