Pipe Down

Album: Certified Lover Boy (2021)
Charted: 14
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Songfacts®:

  • The phrase "pipe down," meaning stop being so noisy, is a naval colloquialism derived from the boatswain's signal for "All hands turn in" ("lights out)." The call was sometimes made on a whistle or pipe.

    Here, Drake is grappling with a failed relationship and is trying to quiet the memories of his ex.
  • Drake is writing this song to cope with his heartbreak. Though theirs was a dysfunctional relationship, he still misses her.

    Don't know how many pens it's gonna take to get over you
    How much I gotta pen for you to pipe down


    He details the girl's dishonesty and miscommunication.

    'Cause you're so two-faced, that I don't know which face
    You're the reason we'll be going separate ways
    You're the reason we cannot communicate


    And Drake admits she was never going to be the woman he wanted her to be.

    I set my expectations way too high
  • So who is the mystery woman Drake is rapping about? Genius has suggested she is R&B singer Naomi Sharon. According to her former fiancé, Dutch singer Jamie Sun, Sharon had an affair with Drake after he invited her to work on Certified Lover Boy.

    Jamie Sun called out the Toronto MC on Instagram on April 21, 2021, for ending his engagement to Sharon. He claimed that a "world star" called his fiancée to offer her a record deal and flew both of them to Toronto. However, when Sharon began recording her vocals for Certified Lover Boy, she and Drake hooked up, leaving Ray heartbroken.
  • Certain lines on the track suggest Drake might be talking about Sun trolling him after he stole his girl.

    Why does your ex think we beefin', is that man alright?

    Is Drake mocking the little-known Dutch singer for trying to start a beef with a superstar?
  • The shimmering production is courtesy of:

    Leon Thomas III of the music production duo The Rascals. He also co-produced the Certified Lover Boy tracks "Love All" and "In The Bible."

    FaxOnly of the Philadelphia-based music group Working On Dying. He is known for producing Freddie Gibbs ("Gang Signs") and Baby Keem ("Hooligan"). This is FaxOnly's first Drake credit but another Working On Dying member, Oogie Mane, supplied the beat for Drizzy's Scorpion track, "I'm Upset."

    Newcomer Jean Bleu. Before landing a placement on this song, Jean Bleu produced "Bruiser Brody" for Conway The Machine and "Conscious" for Justine Skye.

    Toronto native Simon Gebrelul. The founder of Isla Management, Gebrelul's clients include Giveon and Drake producer OZ. A co-writer on "In The Bible," Gebrelul earned his first production credit on "Pipe Down," and is also credited as a co-writer on "In The Bible."

    Singer-songwriter Anthoine Walters earned his first major credit when he co-wrote and contributed backing vocals on Post Malone's single "Wow." He supplied backing vocals to this track and is credited as an additional producer.

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