Look at that photo: Drake is a maniacal Austin Powers villain. Sartorial preferences aside, he's also a villain in a sense that he can pull off the latest entry in his "Clock Tower series" (shouts to Jinx), "4PM in Calabasas," a mean run-on verse that, ironically enough, takes shots at Puff Daddy while simultaneously paying homage by celebrating timeless Bad Boy lyrics and artists. The verse is an exercise in sublimanals that had Joe Budden putting his tinfoil hat on during his podcast and swearing that most of the jabs were intended for him.
The jury is out on Budden but there's little question that Diddy is a target. The flow, the beat, the "take that, take that," and "The higher I get, the less they accept me/Even had the OGs tryna press me/Ha-ha-ha-ha" line all point to this. The smack Diddy supposedly hit Drake with in December 2014 over the beat for "0 to 100" finally garners a response.
All you self promoters are janky
We established like the Yankees
This whole fucking game thankless
We movin' militant but somehow you the one tankin'
No limit to where I can take it
And you know me as a Cris bottle sender, check picker upper
I thought we looked out for one another
Saw us all as brothers in the struggle too blessed to be humble
I guess it's different in the city I come from
All the sudden I got people showing how much they truly resent me
They whole demeanor just spells envy, they tryna tempt me
The higher I get, the less they accept me
Even had the OGs tryna press me
No way out cause I'm already in it
I'm not attending when I do a show and get a ticket
Good business can clean millions, I got the vision
I been had it since "No Scrubs" and "No Pigeons"
Even back when I wasn't as poppin'
When they told me take an R&B nigga on the road and I told 'em no and drew for Kendrick and Rocky
I tried to make the right choices with the world watching
"Mike never tried to rap like Pac; Pac never tried to sing like Mike"
Those my dad's words to me when I asked him how to make it in life
And I always said my mother gave the greatest advice
Look at me now, they look at me like the golden child
Can't nobody hold me down
Especially not right now, certain shit is just too wild to reconcile
Take that, take that
No love in they heart so they fake that, DiCaprio level the way they play that
Damn nigga, what is that?
Y'all don't hear no songs then hit my phone like "You did that?"
And you even hit my line like "Where you been at?"
It's always on some shit like "When can I get a favor?"
Or "Where my bitch at?" Like I'm about to tell you where she been at
Costa Careyes, I got her kidnapped
She ain't sorry and I ain't sorry, it's too late for sorry
Green, White and Red on my body cause I'm dipped in Ferrari
All she wanna do is get high and listen to PARTY
She complain, I tell the driver to drop her at Barneys
My summer diet is just Rosé and calamari
Look now you got me started
I'm the black sheep, rest in peace to Chris Farley
I got a lot to lose cause in every situation, I'm the bigger artist, always gotta play it smarter
Y'all shook up, I'm here on the cook-up
Cameras pointing every time I look up
That's why I gotta duck behind Chubb shoulder just to hit the kush up
Sponsorship dollars is sky high
He be like, "Drake, will you please stop smokin' la la?"
Chubbs, why try, I'm a thug, I'mma die high
Got the Rose pink tinted lenses, it's a Wednesday
Architects takin' dimensions, they redoin' the entrance
Yeah, redoin' the entrance
Kinda like when you niggas drop on some again and again shit
And you still never quite get it
Meantime Drizzy over there, tryna make you
Make you dance to this, yeah I make you dance to this
I rode big body, widebody, Calabasas road winder
Sunshinin', waxed tires
See Kris Jenner, I beep twice and I wave
The rest of you boys I blow Keysh right in your face
Pistol by my bed, I'm sleep but I'm awake
For that one night you niggas try to reach inside my safe
Don't push me cause I'm way too uneasy nowadays
These guys move so greasy nowadays
I tell you my life and y'all don't believe me when I say it
Save my stories for down the line, I'm too ahead of the curve every time
Just total the hits and see what you find
You SWV cause you weak and I'm always always on your mind
It's a Wednesday and Drake woke up feeling competitive. Hopefully he finds himself in this mood more often.