Drake’s latest album, ‘For All The Dogs,’ has been stirring up conversations, particularly due to a track that appears to contain veiled references to his past relationship with Rihanna. While the Canadian rapper doesn’t mention her directly, the lyrics suggest lingering sentiments about their history.
In the fourth track of the album ‘Fear Of Heights,’ Drake raps, “Why they still make it sound like I’m still hung up on you? That could never be/Gyal can’t ruin me/ Better him than, Better it’s not me.”
He doesn’t stop there. Drake goes on to suggest that the intimacy between them was unremarkable and implies that he’s been involved with more attractive partners. His lyrics, “I’m anti, I’m anti. Yeah, and the sex was average with you. Yeah, I’m anti ’cause I had it with you,” seemingly alluding to Rihanna’s album “ANTI,” particularly the track “Sex With Me.” He later added, “And I had way badder b-tches than you [to be honest].
Additionally, Drake implies that A$AP Rocky, Rihanna’s current partner and father of her children, is somehow “stuck” with her. He states, “Yeah, that man, he still with you, he can’t leave.”
This lyrical content has prompted discussions on social media, with fans and critics speculating about the intended target of these verses. Some argue that Drake referencing Rihanna in various ways over the years have become a recurring motif in his music.
“Drake disses/makes references about Rihanna almost every album. At this point, it’s an ongoing trope in his music, so who cares? She has two beautiful BLACK children that don’t have to work extra hard to overcompensate for the one-drop rule, and that will forever haunt him,” wrote X user, Kadeem.
While some have critiqued Drake for his lyrics, others have defended Rihanna, highlighting her happy family life with A$AP Rocky and their two children.
Drake’s past public declarations of affection for Rihanna, including an infamous moment during the 2016 VMAs, are also being recalled.
In a Vogue cover story, Rihanna addressed her relationship with Drake, stating, “We don’t have a friendship now, but we’re not enemies either. It is what it is.” The magazine noted her composed demeanor when discussing the topic.