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Riff: Drake – “Started From the Bottom”

Sep 23, 2013

I done kept it real from the jump/Living at my mama’s house we’d argue every month/Nigga, I was tryin to get it on my own/Working all night, traffic on the way home

from Started From the Bottom lyrics by Drake

Drakes playing coy on this droopy club anthem – a quasi confessional that satirizes his live of privilege. Small wonder as to why he’s so detested, but what’s real disconcerting is that him and his mom would argue regularly. Like a stroke of Norman Bates slowly emerging; [LISTEN].

Riff by Jeff Min

Jeff Min is a Chicago-based writer at SONGLYRICS. His work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Hi-Fructose, Wax Poetics, SLAM, and HOOP.

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