From Time

Album: Nothing Was the Same (2013)
Charted: 56 67


  • Los Angeles singer-songwriter Jhené Aiko starts off the hook for this conversation between Drake and an old flame by singing: "I love me, I love me enough for the both of us." She explained to Rap Genius that it means: "I love myself enough to know what love actually is … I'm not concerned with you loving me or not…. that has nothing to do with the love I have for you. I am so full of love that I can love you and me… at the same damn time."
  • Drake mentions some girls from his past including Bria Myles from Macy's and how they inspired his rhymes:

    "Beverly Center Macy's where I discovered Bria
    Landmarks to the muses that inspired the music"

    Drake previously spoke about Bria Myles on "Bria's Interlude," a track from his So Far Gone mixtape, where he gives more background to how they met.
  • The song's melancholic piano riff was played by Chilly Gonzales. Drake first met the Paris-based Canadian pianist and producer through Gonzales' father, who lives in the same building as the Toronto MC. Amongst his other contributions to Drizzy's oeuvre was playing the piano outro on "Marvin's Room."
  • Drake also raps about "Courtney from Hooters on Peachtree," whom he'd hoped would be "the piece to complete me" until she got engaged to someone else. It didn't take long after the song's release for people to track her down. Courtney Janell works at the Hooters restaurant on Peachtree Street in Atlanta, Georgia and has made appearances in several music videos, including The-Dream's "Trilogy," as well as popping up on BET's The Game.

    Drake admitted to Vibe magazine that name-checking Courtney in this song was a mistake and a wake-up call. He said: "I've just gotten too big to do that. I never wanted to cause her any stress in her life, and I think she's such a good, wholehearted person. They made up this whole fake flyer online [about] hosting parties, which she doesn't. She's like the best girl ever. It was tough for me to watch that happen. I repeatedly kept apologizing. I didn't think it was that specific—she doesn't even work there anymore."

    "I don't want to be looked at as a guy who exploits his relationships, but I feel it's okay because I'm not saying anything negative," Drake added. "I'm just telling the story and usually in their favor, usually saying I was the one that f---ed up. I don't know if I'm ever gonna continue with that formula, but it definitely gives people a more personable listen. And I feel like I've established these characters. Paris Morton is a character—I always check in with Paris, like 'this is happening, this is what it is.' I think people are intrigued, like 'Who is this girl that's your muse? Who is Bria? Why did she get an interlude?' With Courtney I just expected it to go a little better. It got blown out of proportion because she was too accessible. My apologies to her, formally."
  • Aiko told about penning the hook for this Drake song: "I wanted to write something for him that he would like and the first thing I wrote was very personal," she said. "So when I got into the studio with him I laid down the hook, freestyled it. We had instant chemistry."


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