Song: "Headlines" (2011)
Album: Take Care
A surefire mark to tell the truly arrogant from the moderately arrogant is a careful use of self-deprecation to conceal the cockiness they feel inside. Enter Drake, who doesn't just know this, but uses it in an opening shot to manifest a device of sorts: One the one hand, the arrogance is overpowering to the point of giving listeners the initial impression that he really is that arrogant and cocky. On the other hand, we know Drake as someone with pronounced insecurities who's made them clear. The opening line of "Headlines" was a question on both ends as much as it was as declaritive statement. That's something.