Champagne Poetry

Album: Certified Lover Boy (2021)
Charted: 5 4
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Songfacts®:

  • Drake introduces Certified Lover Boy with this jazzy track where he waxes lyrical about his "champagne poetry."
  • The song starts off with a sped-up sample of Masego's 2017 song "Navajo," which, in turn, samples The Beatles' Rubber Soul track "Michelle." The sample continues in the background as Drake raps about fatherhood, his OVO empire, label contract negotiations, and his unassailable reign.

    Halfway through, the beat switches and Drake spits angry bars about worldwide protests and riots, injustice, and the political pressure placed on him to react in a certain way.
  • "Champagne Poetry" shares some similarities with another Drake opening track: Nothing Was The Same's "Tuscan Leather."

    Both songs feature sped-up samples. In the instance of "Tuscan Leather" it flips the Whitney Houston Bodyguard tune "I Have Nothing."

    Both songs incorporate a beat switch.
  • The "Champagne Poetry" title references Drake's Instagram username, @champagnepapi. In classic Champagne Papi fashion, most of the lyrics find the OVO head honcho reveling in his own success. The song "Papi's Home" follows it on the tracklisting.
  • Along with Drake and Masego, the credited songwriters are:

    John Lennon and Paul McCartney of The Beatles.

    Gabriel Hardeman of the Gabriel Hardeman Delegation. "Champagne Poetry" also samples their 1976 track "Until I Found the Lord (My Soul Couldn't Rest)."

    Producers Noah "40" Shebib, Maneesh, and Jean-Andre Lowell "J.L.L." Lawrence.

    40 and Maneesh are both longtime Drake collaborators, but Jamaican producer J.L.L. is a new kid on the block. J.L.L. created the beat in his bedroom back in 2014 inspired by The Singers Unlimited's 1972 cover of "Michelle." It was used by Masego on his "Navajo" track before Drake nabbed it for "Champagne Poetry." J.L.L. has also composed instrumentals for the likes of Kranium, Mavado and Popcaan.
  • Certified Lover Boy's artwork is made up of pregnant women emojis designed by the English artist Damien Hirst.
  • The song's debut at #4 on the Hot 100 earned John Lennon his first Top 10 hit as a writer since The Beatles' "Free As A Bird" peaked at #6 in 1996. For McCartney, it was his first Top 10 hit as a writer since his single with Rihanna and Kanye West, "FourFiveSeconds," reached #4 in 2015.

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