It’s been a huge week for sports fans everywhere—the St. Louis Blues won the Stanley Cup for the first time in history, some major NBA trades went down, and of course, all of Canada has been buzzing since the Raptors’ historic championship win last Thursday. Toronto’s very own and Raptors ambassador Drake could not have been more excited. In honour of this busy week, we’ve rounded up the most Canadian sports references in Drake’s discography.
“This shit a mothafuckin’ lay up / I been Steph Curry with the shot”
The famous “0 to 100″ verse originally used to reference Curry’s impeccable shooting ability and Drake’s own ability to never miss on a track, may now have a different, more Toronto-based meaning after Curry’s missed shot in game six against the Raptors. All’s well between the two friends after the Raptors’ win, but we’d be lying if we said we didn’t appreciate Drake’s real life Curry references while he was courtside.
“Back to back like I’m Jordan ‘96, ‘97”
An obvious reference to Michael Jordan’s consecutive NBA Championship wins, this line in “Back to Back” pales in comparison to the clever album artwork. The cover art features Toronto Blue Jays player Joe Carter’s walk-off home run that won the Jay’s the championship title over the Philadelphia Phillies. The track was a direct reaction to Philadelphia-born rapper Meek Mill’s claims that Drake employs ghostwriters, and the cover art plays into the idea of Toronto beating Philly once again. Meek and Drake have since reconciled, but the cover art still goes hard.
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This really gave me peace of mind tonight. Healing and moving forward created one of the most electric and gratifying moments of my career. @meekmill I’m happy that you are home and that we could find our way back to our joint purpose 🙏🏽🙌🏽 (Cue the Kevin Garnett “anything is possible” adlib)
“Got a sneaker deal and I ain’t break a sweat / Catch me ‘cause I’m going, outta there, I’m gone / How I go from 6 to 23 like I’m LeBron?”
The reference to LeBron’s number change has a double meaning about the 6 God’s hometown that doesn’t go unnoticed in “Nonstop.” Here Drake is comparing himself to arguably the best in the game with one of his many LeBron name-drops. Another unbreakable link between the rapper and his favourite sport.
“I’m flying back home for the Heritage Classic”
One of the few non-basketball related sports references that Drake has on his roster is exactly what you’d expect from a Canadian—hockey. In this 2010 song “Fireworks” with Alicia Keys, Drake states that he’ll be returning to Canada in time for the Heritage Classic, an outdoor regular season NHL game. Pretty different from the basketball verses his newer fans are accustomed too, but it’s always nice to have a Canadian shoutout of any kind.
“Been flowin’ stupid since Vince Carter/ Was on some through the legs arm in the hoop shit”
Even with the drop of “Money in the Grave” and “Omertà,” Drizzy has yet to reference Toronto’s current fan favourites such as Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry, or his self-proclaimed twin Fred VanVleet. Until the time comes, we can always put on Views and enjoy the nod to one of the most memorable Raptors players of all time in Weston Road Flows.