Lord Knows

Album: Take Care (2011)

Songfacts®:

  • The first three minutes of this track consist of Drake spitting rhymes which include a declaration that Cash Money executives Birdman ("Stunna") and Lil Wayne ("Weezy") are his role models along with Haffa and Jordan. Rick Ross takes the last verse reminding the listeners that "you only live once."
  • Drake and Ross have paired up on several previous occasions, including DJ Khaled's "I'm On One" and Rozay's own "Aston Martin Music." The Toronto MC told MTV News: "If I have chemistry with anyone in the studio it's Ross. We want to make the same music. It's definitely a very good experience."
  • Drake is not afraid to show his feelings in his music, which is unusual for rappers, (check out "Marvin's Room" and "Miss Me"). As a consequence some critics have accused him of being too soft. We hear him rejecting his alleged sensitive persona on this track, saying that "showing emotion don't ever mean I'm a pussy."
  • Jay-Z collaborator Just Blaze provides the beat mixing a gospel choir and trademark stomping drums.
  • Drake raps, "I'm a descendent of either Marley or Hendrix" on this song. Some have interpreted the lyric as the Canadian MC staking a claim for himself as the rap Jimi Hendrix or Bob Marley. Drake told UK newspaper The Guardian that's not strictly what he was saying. "I didn't really say I was the rap Hendrix or Marley, I said I was the descendant," he explained. "Because I feel like that's what I want to be for this generation: iconic. That's the purpose I want to serve on this earth. I want my words to be remembered in 10, 15 years."

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