The Language

Album: Nothing Was the Same (2013)
Charted: 51
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Songfacts®:

  • This Boi-1da, Ritter and Vinylz-produced track finds Drake bragging about his place in rap's elite, as well as fending off rumors that he's about to leave Cash Money. He spits:

    "They know I come right every summer
    Cash Money Records forever,
    I'm always Big-Tyming, bitch
    I came up right under Stunna"

    Drake reiterates his point by getting Cash Money co-founder Birdman (also known as Stunna after the title of his third album) to croon the outro. Birdman was also one half of the rap duo Big Tymers.
  • It's been speculated that the song is a response to Kendrick Lamar's verse on Big Sean's "Control" where the Compton rhymer called out Drake and other rap big guns:

    "I don't know why they been lying but your s--t is not that inspiring
    Bank account statements just look like I'm ready for early retirement
    F--k any ni--a that's talkin' that s--t just to get a reaction
    F--k going platinum, I looked at my wrist and it's already platinum"

    Speaking on RapFix Live, Birdman said he'd heard the speculation, but he doesn't believe that Kendrick was Drake's intended target. "Drake do what he do. He really slick with whatever he do. He makes you think. But I didn't think he put no energy into that," he said. "Kendrick the homey, I ain't got nothin' but love and respect for Kendrick. Top Dawg is one of my best friends, so I would never want to see us condone that. That ain't what this about."

    Drake addressed the speculation doing an interview with Vibe magazine. He said: "'The Language' is just energy. What it was inspired by, I'm sure that, and other things. It's just me talking my s---. I never once felt the need to respond to that record. The sentiment he was putting forth is what he should have. Of course you wanna be the best. Where it became an issue is that I was rolling out an album while that verse was still bubbling, so my album rollout became about this thing. What am I supposed to say? Nah, we'll be buddy-buddy? Mind you, I never once said he's a bad guy [or] I don't like him. I think he's a f---ing genius in his own right, but I also stood my ground as I should."

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