Boi-1da Shares Stories Behind Drake's "Started From The Bottom"

Exclusive: Producer Boi-1da says Drake's "Started From The Bottom" is "100% real," and shares memories of different jobs they had before becoming famous.

The success Drake has encountered since his rise in the late aughts was something few predicted—with the exception of his hometown friend Matthew “Boi-1da” Samuels. The Toronto-based producer, who has crafted beats for heavyweights such as Dr. Dre, Lil Wayne, Eminem, and the aforementioned Drizzy says he instantly knew Drake would leave an impact on Hip Hop the second the two met back in 2006.  

Drake managed to be the talk of the industry despite essentially dedicating the whole 2012 calendar year to a few guest features. And now, with Drizzy working on his third album, Nothing Was The Same, more eyes are fixated on Drake. “Started From The Bottom” has already made its way through the clubs and radio, and a comedic, concept-heavy video is helping things on the visual front. Last week, Drizzy linked up with the Grammy Award-winning 1da to release “5AM in Toronto,” an unofficial sequel to “9AM in Dallas.”

The synth-heavy record can be described as early-morning venting, co-produced by 1da and Vinylz. Drake puts on his Rap cap, reminiscent of previous Drake standouts “9AM” and “Ransom,” and throws his haters against the wall—every single one of them—without dropping any names.

To get everything straight regarding the backstory behind “5AM in Toronto,” we connected with Boi-1da at his home in the outskirts of Toronto. He discussed his thoughts on the controversial MTV Hottest MC’s list, his rise from the bottom (it’s becoming an OVO theme, right?), and his thoughts on the rapidly growing EDM scene.

Boi-1da Recalls Meeting Drake During The "Degrassi" Days

HipHopDX: Since “Started From The Bottom” is blowing up right now, can you tell us some stories that relate with the song’s theme? I know that prior to your brief Rap career years back, you had a nine to five at Winners, right?

Boi-1da: I definitely started from the bottom. We all did as a team—me, Drake, everybody. I always say this in interviews. We started working out of a studio that was rat-infested. I was working at Winners at the time, and Drake was working at two places. He was working at “Degrassi: [The Next Generation]” and was working at a restaurant where he was doing spoken word over the piano. Everybody was working from the bottom, and we just all shared the same vision—which was Drake. We all believed in him.

That song means a lot, because despite what anybody thinks about Drake and them making comments about how he didn’t start from the bottom, he did start from the bottom. We all did. We all started from a place that was not where we are now. A lot of people to say that, but it’s not easy for a rapper to come from “Degrassi” and to make it mainstream as one of the biggest rappers in the world.

To me, he really started from the bottom. When I hear people say [that he didn’t], it really upsets me, because I was there when we all started it and went through the struggles. He is how he is portrayed. The TV show and all that stuff factors into being a Hip Hop artist, because you know how Hip Hop is. You got to have street cred, this and that. But Drake made a lane of his own.

DX: How old were you when you were working at Winners?

Boi-1da: I was 17-18...

DX: So you were still in high school?

Boi-1da: I was literally just leaving high school. Drake wasn’t in high school. I met him when I got out of high school.

DX: What restaurant did Drake work out of?

Boi-1da: I forgot the name. I don’t even know if he wants me to mention that. Just say he got two jobs [Laughs].

DX: The thing at Winners. I assume that wasn’t the greatest job...

Boi-1da: No way. I was the only guy that worked there. I literally had to do everything. All the manpower was me, because I was the only guy there. I worked with a bunch of 50-year-old ladies that couldn’t push or lift anything. So anything that had to be done, I was doing it. My name would be called on the P.A. system every time I worked with a bunch of women.

How Real Events Inspired Boi-1Da's “Started From The Bottom” Cameo

DX: You did a little cameo in the Drake video. It was at a Shoppers Drug Mart out of all places. Were you surprised when they told you to come to a Shoppers?

Boi-1da: Well, yeah. I was wondering what they were doing. I know with Drake, OB [O’Brien] and Ryan [Silverstein], those three together are straight comedy. I knew it was going to be something funny. I went to kick it. If they needed me, I was like, “Whatever.” They told me they needed me for the scene, and I just did it.

DX: So they just asked you to come on set for that short scene?

Boi-1da: Yeah, I was chilling and Director X said, “For this scene, I need you to take these boxes of condoms and drop it on the table.” I was like, “Alright.” [Laughs.] This was my first time I ever acted in anything.

DX: The song talked about Drake’s rise to stardom, and you’ve known Drake for a while. Looking back, are you surprised at how big he’s become?

Boi-1da: I’ve always said this. When I first met the guy and heard his music, I said, “This guy—and not to disrespect anyone—was going to be the next Jay-Z.” He was going to be that guy. I always knew he was going to be that guy, and it’s crazy to see what he’s doing now. I never knew it was going to be as huge as it is now, but I always knew he was going to be that guy. He had everything working for him. He had the swag, the look, and on top of that, the music was always spectacular. To this day, I’ve never heard a bad Drake verse.

DX: Was that back in 2008...2009 when you met him?

Boi-1da: I met him in 2007...’06-ish.

DX: With Toronto rappers in 2006, the city had this “screwface” mentality, and you didn’t see guys make it big out the city. Did his success surprise you?

Boi-1da: Oh yeah, definitely. It definitely played a role with the stigma and the Toronto screwface mentality, but at the end of the day, the music spoke for itself. You couldn’t say anything about the music. He’s not lying in his raps. He’s not talking about anything unrealistic.

DX: He knows his lane…

Boi-1da: He keeps it 100% real. He talks about his life and enjoying it.

Boi-1Da Explains Co-Producing “5AM In Toronto”

DX: And moving to “5AM In Toronto,” that’s a record you co-produced. Can you talk about the backstory of that record and how it came about?

Boi-1da: Originally, I started that beat with a producer named Vinylz, and it was a dope beat that me and him started. But there’s that one sound that goes through the main beat that I liked a lot. I said I was going to make something completely different. I had my boy Nikhil over here that plays the keys, and I started adding stuff to the beat. It just all came together. I sent it off to Drake and he was just like, “Yeah. It’s about to go down.”

DX: When did this happen?

Boi-1da: This was actually a few days before the song came out.

DX: So you just sent it over, he hopped on it, and the rest is history?

Boi-1Da: Yep. He had some things to get off his chest and [that’s] it.

DX: He threw a lot of subliminal shots on there. Do you think the haters are fueling him right now? It seems like he’s being a lot more aggressive lately.

Boi-1da: I think that song was something that needed to be said. Sometimes I’m on the Internet, and I read the comments. A lot of people seem to forget how lyrical Drake is. They forget that he’s one of the best lyricists out, if not, the best lyricist in the game. It was just a reminder. Although he puts out songs like, “The Motto” and “H.Y.F.R.”—which are super lyrical anyways—and they’re so popular, we’re in an age where you’re either popular or you’re good. Sometimes the good people don’t get the popularity. It’s like, he’s so popular and he’s so good, people just see that now, and it’s a rare case. He’s great at rapping, and makes great music off of it.

DX: I guess some people have a hard time living with that.

Boi-1da: Exactly. People are mad at that.

Right after “5AM” dropped, he tweeted, “Produced by @Boi1da like it should be.” Do you feel your chemistry in the studio with him is something that gives you both an advantage when working on records?

Boi-1da: I wouldn’t say [our chemistry] is an advantage over anybody; it’s just that we do what we do. When me and Drake have something clicking, it’s special every time. Every time we get together, people react a certain way. It happened with “9AM in Dallas,” it happened with “Best I Ever Had,” it happened with “Headlines.” Every time we get together and do something, I don’t know…we got that chemistry.

DX: Should we be expecting more records with you and Drake on Nothing Was The Same?

Boi-1da: Oh yes. Me and him have been collaborating on this album, so you’re going to see me a few times on this album.

DX: Can you give us any hints on the direction he’s going in, in terms of sound, features, or vibe that he’s going with for the album?

Boi-1Da Talks Drake’s Critics And MTV’s Hottest MC’s List

Boi-1da: The direction is just legendary. I’ll just say that. He has some records on there that’s going to be a great body of work. People are going to be very shocked. He’s taking it to the next level.

DX: Sometimes he goes in on records like “Ransom,” or “9AM in Dallas,” and sometimes he becomes vulnerable on records like “Marvin’s Room.” From a fan’s perspective, do you have a preference between hard-spitting Drake or vulnerable, singing Drake?

Boi-1da: I like everything Drake does. It’s so real. It’s him. When you get something that’s more of him being vulnerable, it’s something that happened to him. Every song that he made, there’s no lying. It’s something that has happened to him. There’s just different sides, and you get to know him through his music because he really exposes himself with his music.

DX: Why do you think people get on him for being that way?

Boi-1da: I think people get on him for that because they’re uncomfortable with themselves. They can’t get comfortable with themselves and they get on him for that. Music is art, and he’s portraying art in telling his life story. Not everyone is a tough guy everyday. You’re not happy everyday; you’re not sad everyday, you know? All his songs have a different spectrum, and he’s just giving you the realness of his life. He’s not lying about anything.

DX: That surprised me, because I thought you would prefer the more lyrical Drake over those hard-hitting beats since that follows suit with your signature sound—you’ve even described them as “smacky” beats.

Boi-1da: Yeah, I just like everything from Drake. Because as much as you think one song is more lyrical than the other, it’s all lyrical. Even songs when he’s singing, the pictures that he’s painting when he’s singing is something you can imagine. A lot of people can’t do that with their music.

DX: I want to move onto another topic. MTV’s Hottest MC’s. Are you familiar with the list?

Boi-1da: Yeah, I’ve heard about it. I think that list is just weird. I don’t know…it’s a strange list to me.

DX: Would you change the order?

Boi-1da: Definitely.

DX: Do you agree with Kendrick Lamar at number one?

Boi-1da: I’m a huge fan of Kendrick, and he’s up there. But I’m going to be honest and not biased. I really thought Drake would be up there at number one. He hasn’t put out an album since 2011, but he’s been on features. He’s been on some of the hottest songs, he’s broken a record for most number one records [and] he’s won a Grammy for Best Rap Album. Everybody that you’ve named on the list—he’s been on their singles. They’ve jumped to number one. It’s strange he’s at number five. I guess that’s their opinion. I never would’ve made my list like that.

Boi-1da Details Toronto’s Music Scene And Non-Hip Hop Production

DX: Going back to the Toronto sound, do you think that market will eventually reach the heights of Rap markets like Los Angeles or New York?

Boi-1da: Definitely. I think it’s already a bigger market with what Drake’s doing. Last time I checked, “Started From the Bottom” was number six on the Hot 100. Everytime I go to a party, they play that song 15 minutes straight. I think the OVO Sound is definitely taking over and moving strong. With everyone growing, I think it’s going to be legendary.

DX: Even with the guys from LA, NY or the South?

Boi-1da: Definitely. I think it’s already up there. People don’t realize sometimes that Drake is Canadian. [Laughs.]

DX: And when it comes to providing that Toronto sound, we got the Maven Boys, who you’ve been working with. How did that connection happen?

Boi-1da: I’ve been working with the Maven Boys—there’s a member of the Maven Boys whose name is Zalezy. I’ve been working with him since I was 14. He’s always a hungry kid who is eager to learn…very spongy. Whenever I’m making beats, he’ll be right behind me picking things up. I’ve mentored a few guys, and he was one of the hungry ones who has been eager to learn. [The Maven Boys] are starting to branch out and do things on their own.

DX: You were quoted before in an interview saying you’d work with anybody. You’ve gone on to work with bands like Down With Webster, and talked about working with the Jonas Brothers. What makes you so open to that?

Boi-1da: Before I was like that, but now I want to work with people who are more willing to listen. I’m a visionary. I hear things, and I like to mold it into what I’m imagining. It’s not as easy to work with a lot of people. Not everybody shares the same vision and is willing. I like to work with people who share the same vision.

DX: Would you say it’s easier or harder working with rappers?

Boi-1da: It’s definitely easier because sometimes you would just give them a beat and that’s all they need.

DX: How does your mindset change when you’re with a group like Down With Webster?

Boi-1da: I get to experiment, listen to different music [and] fuse it with what I’m originally known for.

DX: In terms of artists, you’ve worked with all the big names like Dr. Dre and Eminem. Are we going to see more collaborations soon?

Boi-1da: Possibly. I can’t say anything without getting in trouble, but soon...

DX: What about Detox? Is that every coming out? I know you’ve done some stuff on that.

Boi-1da: No comment. [Laughs.] I just know Dr. Dre is one of the greatest producers of all time.

DX: We talked about who you’ve worked with in the past, but who do you want to work with in the future?

Boi-1da: I’m definitely a fan of Beyonce, and I’d just like to sit in a room with Elle Varner and just stare at her. [Laughs.] I’d like to work with Nas again. He’s a cool guy. I literally chilled with him in the studio for an hour and just gave him beats and ideas I had in mind. It was a cool vibe.

DX: Are there artists that make it more difficult to work with in terms of being on the same page with vision and ideas?

Boi-1da: Yeah. A lot of time time, artists are artists. They’re strange. Some things just don’t work. Back in that old interview, I was like, “Yeah, I want to work with everybody.” I didn’t expect experiencing working with everyone, and now it’s just different.

DX: Your mindset just changes after seeing how this guy acts, and then seeing this guy act a certain way.

Boi-1da: Exactly. I’ve been in some crazy studio sessions lately.

DX: Like what?

Boi-1da: I’m not going to say any names, but I’ve been in the studio session one time and somebody was doing a tribute for Amy Winehouse. She poured an entire bottle of Jack Daniel’s on the hardwood studio floors and said, “This was for my homie.” I was like...

DX: Must’ve been sippin’ on that lean.

Boi-1da: I don’t what they were on. I don’t want any part of that. The engineers were scrambling to clean it up, and everyone’s like, “What the hell is she doing?” I ended up leaving that session after a while because it was too crazy. She was too insane.

DX: When HipHopDX first interviewed you, you both talked about sampling and how you hated it because of all the legal stuff. Do you still have that same mindset?

Boi-1da: I just hate the legal side of it, but I love sampling though. [Laughs.] I love to sample. The beauty of it now is after getting a bit more experience, people can re-create stuff, and I have the ability to re-create things, make it sound like a sample, and cover it up.

DX: Do you think doing more original stuff is becoming more of a loss art lately?

Boi-1da: Original stuff? Nah, not lately. Original stuff that’s being played right now—like original synths and 808s—I barely hear samples.

DX: What do you think of the EDM scene. It’s been rising lately. A$AP crossed over and did his thing with Skrillex. Are you ever going to get into that?

Boi-1da: Hopefully, one day. I think that stuff’s dope. I love that A$AP/Skrillex song. I met Skrillex [at Ultra] one time back in Miami and he did a little show out there. It was so crazy. I’ve never been to a show like that before. It’s like a rave. I didn’t pop no molly or anything. I don’t do that, but I was just having fun. Everyone is just having fun, and it’s a different vibe compared to going into a club. Literally everyone is having fun.

DX: So Boi-1Da, EDM—sometime in the future?

Boi-1da: Yeah, sometime in the future, future...far in the future. [Laughs.]

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  • Jonny LaChingas

    Working for a TV show is not starting from the bottom partna ! You already getting bread......his daddy already was in a band before so they had money but anyways starting from the bottom is having a minimum paid job not making pussy ass shows !!!

  • AJ

    "I know I exaggerated things, now I got it like dat" -drizzy

  • Vlone

    The bitch who poured the bottle of Jack Daniels in the studio was Beyonce. She is doing tribute for Amy Winehouse in The Great Gatsby soundtrack.

  • Anonymous

    I dont even listen to Drake everyday but I respect his music. Musically,he makes good music can't deny that. Alot of you bloggers on here are just lying to yourselves,knowing damn well yall bop to his music by yourselves or in the club around some shorties so please do yourselves a favor and stop fronting seriously. If not,then why would yall waste so much energy talking shit about the dude? I don't know Drake nor do I even care to I could careless about his personal life n really I cant listen to him everyday on a consistent basis but you cant deny his talent. He makes all these other newcomers records that much better so give respect where its due,no matter his background or upbringing.

  • jd

    remember people if your on a mtv show thats little girls cream their pants over and gets paid more than doctors your only at the bottom

  • jd

    wow so getting paid thousands for being a fake crippled is "the bottom"? if thats true im from the fucking underground, u cant say we worked in a rat infested studio (with thousands in equipment) and claim your from the bottom thats some fake shit.having to beg for studio time with no job is more fitting for "the bottom" these dudes getting their ass baby wiped tryna say we from the bottom shut the fuck up thats why i dont support nigs like them tryna get some sympathy points nigga you was already paid u just tryna blow up in the rap game you aint start from the damn "bottom" you getting paid by mtv and making bank off of beats you fake ass canadian faggots

  • YaNiqqasBuggin

    Drake is one of the few ARTISTS left... salute!

  • Anonymous

    That Nas Trust song was hardbody, they definitely need another session...PAUSE

  • ....

    Does anybody else think that Drake looks like Ross of Friends?

  • ....

    Its been well-established that this misconception has been greatly exaggerated by his critics. Growing up in half-of-a-house (duplex) in Forest Hill, Toronto with a single mother who was a teacher is not rich by any standards. And getting a cut of money from a minor Canadian TV show is not going to make anyone a baller. At the very least, its no different or less luxurious than the upbringing of plenty of heralded MCs from New York such as Mike D, Rakim, Chuck D and De La Soul who have grown up in similar semi-urban/suburban enclaves but somehow have never inspired so much venomous hatred. He is simply setting the record straight.

  • Anonymous

    And you guys are playing on a double standard, that criticizing Drake is to be taken as both childish and unforgiving, immature but also a grown man thing. You guys are resonating in the barriers of maturity, while hoping that a double standard is applied to any criticism on him. And just wait till you resonate on a lower level, that's when you go out of your way to criticize another wacker, artist, in hopes of defending your sentiments and loyalty to Drake. You aren't loyal, you defend those who validate your identity in Hip Hop, not challenge it, and Hip Hop is all about checking each others egos. That is how it is. Get used to it. And that includes checking your favorite artists ego. Like a physical. Sure, to see if you're balls have dropped yet.

  • Anonymous

    I couldn't really focus on the interview with all the dick sucking Boi-1da was doing with Drake..Your man hasn't dropped an album in 2 years and you don't know how he was left off the hottest MC's list?You don't understand how K.Dot shit on anything Drake ever made album wise?Your man only tried to get gully on a track because of the backlash against the that Panda petting,kitten stroking,tulip plucking,barefoot on the wet grass style of rapping he was on before...Give your man dap but when you have to wipe your mouth then you went to far...

    • Anonymous

      Truth tho, just look at the current top 10 rap songs on billboard. 70% are Drake / Drake featured. Even Kendrick Lamar owes Drake a bone for real. Look at the last year of hits: No Lie, HYFR, Fuckin Problems, Pop That, Motto, Stay schemin, Poetic Justice, Amen, Bitches Love Me. Drake should have been higher than 5. If he ain't involved, the artist ain't really selling. He's running hiphop right now - hate em or love it

    • Anonymous

      You're allowed to say 2 years when the release date was 2011 and it's 2013 now, it's like you say 9/11 happened 12 years ago not so so many months ago...

    • Anonymous

      it's actually been only a year and a few months since the last time Drake dropped an album

  • Anonymous

    You haters are killing me. "started from the bottom" is directly aimed at you and ur still like huh? If U don't like Drake, stop reading interviews and chasing him around. Your obsessed. anyone who thinks working as an actor for a minor role on a mediocre Canadian TV show is making serious $ is somehow dreaming. I can garuntee it's less income than a NYC garbage man. Jay-z came in the game with 80K in his wallet from hustling and no one questions "hard knock life". Bottom is bottom - 30K / 50K / 60K.... None of the salaries are shit in Toronto. It ain't dough.

    • ^

      Dude, you are wrong. Degrassi is super successful. Aubrey gets paid very well doing that show, so he is a privileged silver spoon spoiled brat. He lives in the suburbs and he never had a true struggle. He will never be an all time great with all of the pussy ass R&B shit music. Your comment is nothing but bullshit lies and you're just a Drake stan.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah. I speak from experience as I have lived in NYC, Toronto and ATL extensively. Grew up on hiphop from grandmaster caz to black moon to rza. The idea that Drake is some kind of priveleged silver spoon-fed spoiled brat is just an unproven myth. His haters are reacting to their anger over Drake's image - his light-skin, his looks, the way he talks in interviews (non street), his Canadianness etc. - not his music. Cost of living In Harlem / long island trumps most of high-end Toronto. Yet many of these hiphop artists from these Ny areas get the pass as "struggled". In fact, Dr.Dre straight up lies about his gangster origins - he has never shot anyone - yet he gets the pass. Degrassi is a Canadian tv show. A minor role on a small Canadian TV show aint paying shit. And Im talking way way less than 6 figures. In fact, I used to know a regular that was on "flashpoint" (a much more successful Canadian TV show broadcast in mainstream USA). This guy had extensive acting exp in Hollywood films. He still lived with his moms and drove a civic. Dude was not homeless but he was far from successful. He was considering other career paths for that very reason. True investigation of Drake's upbrininging aint gonna show a priveleged kid point blank. Time will be kind to drake as it was kind to all great artists. The critics are blinded by his image - not his music which will remain his legacy. The 16 year olds today will carry his influence to the next generation. Bottom will always be relative but I'll tell you what: judging from these posts, being a Canadian rapper will always be an underdog position. Growing up in Queens, Canada is the butt of jokes in the streets.

    • Anonymous

      LMAO, We are not like Huh you idiot, just you wait and just wait until Drake is properly disassembled and all you hypies get called out and exposed alongside Drake. There is nothing complex or intricate of calling out Drake and pulling him by his coattail, there is no elaborate ideological understanding behind breaking this dude's mentality down. There is nothing intellectual about it. It's just a matter of seeing how and what is real in regards to what is fake. You are guys are overly nurtured consumers. Been spoonfed Hip Hop and been patted on the head and burped out the intolerable. So obviously this dude Drake must mean he's gone through some shit if you all have, which, in actuality, it just means he has gone through scrutiny, and you are all so easily prone to empathizing to that that it's embarrassing.

    • Anonymous

      Garbage men get paid 144,000 a year in NYC. And are paid so because they are unionized workers. That's a whole nother ideological reasoning. Let alone there's a whole other ideological reasoning, for a dude like Drake to get a pass on what we can deem $30,000 dollars, clever thought though, to relate the too. You must have some background knowledge on what you had posted other wise you wouldn't have suggested the relativity behind it. You must have known how trivial it would have been to reference how much a garbage man in NYC, at least in your most naive state of mind, that a garbage man in NYC gets paid in an absurdly high cost. You're playing dumb and nuancing what you know, to suggest yourself at a certain bar of intelligence in hopes of defending your artist, if that isn't hoeing what is.

    • Anonymous

      Oh really? I'm flattered, I'm flattered how my hustle my grind is minimized into a stans defense of his favorite artist. How stupid are you, how naive are you to suggest that starring in a nationally broadcasted show, in America, is low, is petty. My God, there's men begging for that type of chump change that you vehemently suggest is a depriving and negligible. The dude has always wanted to be in spotlight, had it when he was a kid and that is not the bottom. It isn't. Sorry. No matter how you want to put it. lol. "It ain't dough". Put that on relativistic means in New York city and most metropolitan cities where dudes are trying to get by on six grand. That's more than 4 times as much pal.



    • Anonymous

      Don't be delusional. Light skin love is everywhere. White people prefer a bronze tan complexion over pasty.

  • Anonymous

    I CAN TURN YOUR BOY INTO A MAN???????????????????????? the fuck kinda lyrics is dat?

  • DJ DISCourse

    Man, say whatever about where Drake really started (I'd hardly consider starring on a TV show as a teenager the bottom, but anyway...) All I'm saying this is a wack, lazy song. There wasn't an ounce of story, nothing about real life in that song. That's why Boi1da had ot come out and give meaning to Drake's weak song, because there was nothing in it to actually believe. Just "something something, now we here," and something about borrowing his uncle's whip. You want anyone to believe the shit you're saying, then be honest and tell some real stories. Two verses that are basically glorified hooks about "makin it" is weak. If Drake really wanted us to believe him, he would have spit some real life over those beats, not some candy, lame hooks that don't say anything. That's why people hate on Drake. Maybe he can flow, or he's catchy, but NO substance.

    • DJ DISCourse

      I'm not up on Drake like that to speak on his whole career, but like my original comment said: THIS SONG (not artist, album, whatever) IS LAZY. And it is. Not to mention getting into HipHop (aka music industry) after being a TV actor damn sure ain't the bottom. That's so many of the same circles of people and networking so nah I ain't trying to hear this.

    • ...

      "Rappers" like Rick Ross & Birdman have NO SUBSTANCE but I'm looking at So Far Gone, Thank Me Later & Take Care and I can list at least 20 songs that have substance, a narrative, a story especially Light Up & Look What You've Done and I don't believe you're stupid enough to believe otherwise. And stop calling people "cutie"...

    • Anonymous

      Oh are you gonna sell yourself that short cutie. You're gonna hoe yourself to that level? So long as other people are superficial and have no substance Drake gets a pass? No I don't think so.

    • AJ

      if ppl hate Drake cuz he 'has no substance' then you need to add a lot of muthafuckas to that list. You sound like you've heard a few songs from him and and pick and choose the ones you like the least just so you can post some bullshit comment. I never understood why nonfans of Drake go out of their fuckin way to talk shit about him. Dont like him, shut the fuck up and spend your time listening to artist you do like..damn.

    • Anonymous

      Right, there's usually a subjective narrative that comes with making a proclamation like, "I started from the bottom" and then there's a whole a story personal story line that justifies such. Not in his song though.

    • anono

      "Fuck a fake friend where your real friends at?"

  • Huh???

    I keep hearing the best thing about Drake is is that he changed his story and he never lied in his verses... So he says when he was starting off with his music he was at his perspective of "the bottom" so how come when I listen to Room for Improvement & Comeback Season he's bragging about how much he's got??? Huh??? Huh??? Huh??? Huh??? Huh??? Huh??? Huh??? Huh??? Huh??? Huh??? Huh??? Huh??? Huh??? Huh??? Huh??? Huh??? Huh??? Huh??? Huh??? Huh??? Huh??? Huh??? Huh??? Huh??? Huh??? Huh??? Huh??? Huh??? Huh??? Huh??? Huh??? Huh??? Huh??? Huh??? Huh??? Huh??? Huh??? Huh??? Huh??? Huh???

  • RealNigga100

    Sorry Boi 1 Da... WOrking two jobs and being on national TV isn't "the Bottom"... It is impossible for Drake to have started from the bottom. HE"S CANADIAN! His mother birthed his ass in a hospital FOR FREE!!! A baby in the US costs thousands.. and if you are already from the bottom those Thousands indebt you into servitude for the rest of your life... This is pure BULLSHIT!.. YOu don't know what the bottom is my dude.. I used to be homeless living out of motels and cars... FUCK you nigga. The bottom of my ass.

    • ^

      I cannot understand the bullshit you say with Aubrey's dick in your mouth.

    • kenny tha G

      Don't hate on our health care system just cuz your country doesn't give a fuck about the people in it. There is so many of us here who were born without shit either. You have to be American to have started from the Bottom, what i fucking joke!!! Big up to Drake for putting the GTHA on the Map! Haters gone hate, they always do when someone is on top

    • Anonymous

      "being on tv isn't a big deal in canada, b." what do you mean? it means the same as it does anywhere else. he was on a pretty popular show that aired every week on one of canada's biggest networks. it was watched by millions

    • Anonymous

      Being on t.v. from a show that is displayed throughout all America is, B.

    • Anonymous

      being on tv isn't a big deal in canada, b.

  • Anonymous

    Finally A nice interview. Good Look.

  • junMaf*ckn

    Love Seeing Cats Rise Thru The Ranks To The Top of The Elite. Boi-1da Got Dope Beats. Ill Synths Over Hard Drums. 5AM in Toronto is Fuego.

  • Anonymous

    I worked at the age of 14 making tortillas, then went to work at Best Buy at the age of 15, both times were illegal. And then got locked up 4 times before I turned 21. Never did I stop to think, damn, I started from the bottom. No, I just went through some shit, and relatively speaking? With respects to Drake, I guess I started from the bottom. Now I gotta reevaluate my entire life.... I'm just playing. Drake is whack and his stans are a reflection of that petty "struggle". Pain is quantifiable, and quantifiably speaking his fans are just as wack. Yes I can judge, yes I can assume as you all do, and I might as well explicitly say that working in a restaurant should not qualify as starting from the bottom. And if that's the standard in which we judge pain and strife within rappers? The bar is set very low for accepting whack mc's.

    • @DK

      And your father is ball grasping cocksucker.

    • Anonymous

      But the truth is you all want him vilified because the more controversy there is behind whether or not the dude is hard enough or street enough to maintain his credibility as a once starving artist the more you guys cry out in his defense. It's like that guy who once said, "Leave Britney Alone" It's the same thing. Same thing. Leave Drake ALONE!!! We won't. And we won't leave Rick Ross or lil Wayne alone either. Hip Hop in it's essence is competitive and if there isn't a rapper? Trying to discredit another rapper, then there is a fan trying to do so. It's just a matter of keeping things honest and real. That is just how it is.

    • Anonymous

      "The Bottom isn't always the hood" uh huh, and a restaurant is? And please, there's hardly an economical gap from rags to riches, the guy made it to be a child star by his preteens, and traumatically had to work at a restaurant in his late teen years. That doesn't seem to qualify as starting from the bottom.

    • ^

      He still ain't come from the bottom. He never struggled a day in his life with his rich ass. "He's just saying that he had to work hard for his success" Big fucking deal. Everyone works hard for their success. Drake's case is nothing special. If that was his intent, then why not name the song "Putting In Work" instead of "Started From The Bottom," since he knows nothing about the bottom.

    • Spyruf

      You aren't drake, so don't make up shit bout where he started from. The bottom isn't always the hood. He's just saying that he had to work hard for his success.

    • Anonymous

      Good joke. Drake did not start from the bottom. Dude was already rich before he started rapping.

    • Nick Newman

      ^^Real talk. Thank you.

    • DK

      Working at a restaurant and becoming a millionaire is starting from the bottom. You don't have to be born In the hood to start from the bottom. From working at a restaurant and becoming a megastar is starting from the bottom. Drake was not always successful in his dreams. Speaking Shit while you do not know how much he got paid at a restaurant. And your mom is a hoe