Every Houston Reference on Drake's Nothing Was the Same
Down with H-Town
This week Drake officially crowns himself the current king of not only the rap charts, but moving the needle (both on and offline) with the release of his third album, Nothing Was the Same. The buzz around the rapper has swelled to almost insane levels thanks to a smart roll out that featured album art people either loved or hated instantly, the track "Wu-Tang Forever," which (of course) pissed off rap traditionalists to no end; and Drake's long-running infatuation with being the rapping/singing pop star du jour. These are all necessary qualifications for any buzzworthy album, but something else goes without saying--Drake loves Houston, Texas. No one man has flown a more appreciative Canuck flag for Houston than Drake, and little reminders of that are all over Nothing Was the Same.
Unlike, for example, A$AP Rocky or a few others who find themselves enamored with H-Town culture, Drake has been in the city enough enough to really know it. He's an honorary Houstonian.
With that, we open up our NWTS lyric sheet to read every major Houston reference like a seance.
SONG: "FROM TIME"
1. "Thinkin' 'bout Texas/ Back when Porsche used to work at Treasures"
Before it started losing its luster thanks to police raids, a reputation for prostitution and drugs, and so on, Treasures was a pretty popular strip club on the Westheimer strip, a few minutes away from the Galleria that manages to make the local news on a near weekly basis. Also: bonus points to Porche, which is a great stripper name.
2. "Or further back than that/ Before I had the Houston leverage"
Let's take it back to 2008, shall we? A year before So Far Gone changed the course of his life, Drake was pretty much like any other rapper--a kid who wanted to be heard and taken seriously. So, strippers are probably the safest people to having judge-free conversations with, due to the fact that they, well, bare everything on a near-nightly basis.
Three songs into his conversation with Porsche, Drake immediately realizes she may not have his best interests at heart when she says he'll never be bigger than Trey Songz. Come a long way from "Replacement Girl," haven't we?