Whether you know him best as the Grammy-winner rapper, or as Jimmy Brooks from Degrassi: The Next Generation, there’s no doubt that Drake is one of the most easily recognizable celebrities of our generation. His lyrics are catchy and showcase life in the fast lane, while still being relatable.
And like everyone else in the world, Drake needs to eat. So, as homage to Drizzy’s home city of Toronto, here are six Drake songs that are definitely written about food.
1. “Hotline Bling”
If you ignore the strange dance moves and video associated with this popular song, one can easily see how these lyrics translate to food. Who do college students call when it’s late night and they need some love? Domino’s.
And you know when your hotline blings, that can only mean one thing: your pizza has arrived, and thanks to Drake, it can arrive in the perfect hip-hop style.
2. “The Motto”
The song that spawned the most (un)ironically used catchphrase of all time, “The Motto” is all about living life to the fullest. As Drake so eloquently says, “you only live once, that’s the motto… YOLO.” And YOLO is definitely a philosophy people can apply to food.
“Should I have that last slice of pizza?” YOLO. “Do I really need whipped cream on top of my ice cream?” YOLO. Drake reminds us that, if we’re all going to die someday, there’s no better way to go than to go out with your belly full of all of your favorite foods.
3. “Started From The Bottom”
This first single from Drake’s 2013 album Nothing Was The Same is the anthem for newly independent, newly successful people. And by “newly independent, newly successful people,” I mean people who finally learned how to cook a meal for themselves that didn’t come from the microwave.
Drake knows that there’s no prouder moment than being able to make dinner without lighting your on-campus apartment on fire, and that joy reads through in every line of the chorus. And half of the music video for this hit was set in a grocery store, almost as if the rapper himself is inspiring you to get to Shaw’s and pick up ingredients for your next meal.
4. “Hold On, We’re Going Home”
This is a love song for desserts if I’ve ever seen one. “I got my eyes on you/You’re everything that I see/I want your hot love and emotion, endlessly.” Those three lines pretty much describe my relationship with every piece of chocolate cake I’ve ever had.
This song can work for desserts at home, or even desserts that necessitate a doggie bag (looking at you, Cheesecake Factory): “Just hold on we’re going home…” Yeah, going home to stuff all of this food in my face.
5. “Best I Ever Had”
Ok, if desserts aren’t your thing, then this hit will definitely be more up your alley. With this single, Drake wrote the most accurate description of your relationship with your favorite food or a home-cooked meal from Mom. “Baby you’re my everything/[…]I want this forever, I swear I could spend whatever on it/[…]You da best I ever had…”
Whoever says that they wouldn’t spend exorbitant amounts of money to get that perfect grilled cheese/pizza slice/bacon cheeseburger is a damn liar. Drake knows how you feel, and don’t worry, he won’t judge.
6. “Big Rings”
Have you ever noticed that all of the best foods are ring-shaped? Onion rings, Samoas (“Caramel Delights” for my New England friends), donuts, Ring Pops… Drake gets the appeal, and this song lets it show. How many times have you been at a restaurant with a group of friends, and you can’t decide what appetizer to get?
Next time this happens, remember Drake’s sage wisdom, “I got a really big team/and they need some really big rings,” and order the tower of onion rings. Exercise this power move, and your friends will thank you. Who knows? Maybe soon you’ll be as successful as Drake… (minus the Grammy’s).