Hotline bling lyrics by drake, 10 meanings

Drake paints a detailed picture on "Hotline Bling," one of the biggest hits yet by hip-hop's biggest star. His (or, you know, somebody's) lyrics work in clever contrasts--a woman wearing less, going out more--& succinct descriptions, elaborating on a former flame embracing a life of hedonism, dance-floor champagne and, uh-oh, who knows what else. Drake knows. It's sex stuff.

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"Hotline Bling" is Drake at the height of his Drake-ness, which means it's catchy, immediate & convincing. I keep finding myself coming up with ways lớn make its lyrics about my cat, which is a good sign that it's become as lodged in my brain as the shrapnel in Tony Stark's heart. The video's infinitely meme'd nhảy is gloriously fearless. It's probably the best tuy nhiên to make it on the radio this year, an unexpected triumph from the first musician of năm ngoái khổng lồ go platinum.


But peak Drake also means chauvinism cloaked as vulnerability, manipulation masquerading as concern. Despite the layers of his lyrical portrait, it's not clear Drake actually understands the situation he's in. It's right there in the hook: "You used to lớn điện thoại tư vấn me on my cell phone/Late night when you need my love sầu." Nobody calls that late just for affection--those, uh, were for something else. But the word "love" makes it seem lượt thích Drake was interested in more than a friends-with-benefits situation--are those still a thing, '90s babies?--và when he "left the city," he thought his unrequited lady would wait around for hlặng. Surprise: she didn't!


"Everybody knows & I feel left out/Girl you got me down, you got me stressed out," he sings in the first verse, và it's where he's the most openly, painfully honest about his hurt feelings. This is Drake's rap superpower, the admission of a beating heart, but here it's the mistake so-called nice guys tend to make: conflating their bummer narcissism with anyone else caring, much less caring about anyone else.


And Drake's former fling doesn't care: she's out in the city he left behind, drinking, khiêu vũ, making new friends. How he knows this is left ambiguous--let's be charitable và assume he's following her on Instagram & not in real life, "The Canyons"-style, with a private detective and a phone tap. All he can see is what she's willing khổng lồ share: what's really bothering him is left to his imagination. "All I do is wonder," he sings, before envisioning his "good girl" "gettin' nasty" with someone else.


Drake's gross/boring virgin/whore complex has been thoroughly documented, but in short, he wants the same thing Weezer's Rivers Cuomo did circa "The Blue Album": "I want a girl who will laugh for no one else/when I'm away she puts her makeup on the shelf." Control. Judgement. In "Hotline Bling," Drake's just another insecure dork who thinks a living, breathing, desiring woman is obliged lớn his puppeteering.

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In a way, though, "Hotline Bling" plays like a response to lớn Carly Rae Jepsen's "Emotion": a năm ngoái song in which a woman asserts herself over a distant ex-ish lover, relishing in his potential torment rather than easing it with her broken heart. "Drink tequila for me, babe," she urges, & she's still calling hyên ổn babe, still leaving the door cracked on all this emotion, all the feelings that might come rushing back lớn them both. Maybe it's not over, even though it is: Jepsen wants sometoàn thân to know what he's missing out on, & suffer for it.


That's Drake in "Hotline Bling": suffering, sad & mean. Drink tequila for her, dude, and try khổng lồ get over it.


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