Drake - "Started From The Bottom"

Over the weekend, Drake shared “Started From The Bottom,” the first single from his as-yet-untitled new album, and from the sound of things, it’ll be a departure from the luxuriant moroseness of Take Care. “Started From The Bottom” is a hard, simple rap song with a nagging piano loop and some serious 808 programming, and it’s got a zoned-out intensity that reminds me of Kendrick Lamar. (Drake’s sort of imitating Kendrick’s intonations here, too.) It’s a tough, effective single, and you can hear it and read Drake’s note about it below.

Here’s what Drake writes:

My good friends,

It has truly been too long. I assume you’re all keeping well and making the most of this year that has been given to us. Today is the day to begin sharing my newest work with you. This is the first single off of my upcoming album. I feel sometimes that people don’t have enough information about my beginnings and therefore they make up a life story for me that isn’t consistent with actual events. My family and my second family (consisting of the best friends anybody could ever have) all struggled and worked extremely hard to make all this happen. I did not buy my way into this spot and it was the furthest thing from easy to achieve. I am proud of every part of my past and I’m excited for this song to find a place in your life as well. I didn’t feel I needed any interviews or radio or press to launch this song. It felt right to come back to the site that I started on and release it to the people that started here with me. Judging by this post, the tour that we’ve been planning, the conversations about new songs and album artwork…I think it’s safe to say we’re back together again. Looking forward to seeing you all soon.

“You don’t have to ask me how I’m doing…just listen to the music” – K.Samir

(via October’s Very Own)

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Comments (13)
  1. Where did he say he started from?

  2. big drake fan. at first i thought this song sucked, but now i’m kind of digging it. i realize that’s a bit of an elementary response, but i think it’s how a lot of people are going to feel about it.

    either way, rappers really love the whole rags-to-riches story, and that’s starting to wear thin.

  3. Im really liking this song just because it doesnt sound recycled even if the message of the song is.

  4. Love the beat and piano sample. Lyrics are repetitive, boring and lack intelligence.

  5. Didn’t Drake start from a wheelchair?

  6. As BigGhostFASE says “He aint put as much bitch on that joint as usual.”

  7. I can’t imagine what my life would be like if I enjoyed something like this.

  8. I really dig the fact that you pointed out the Kendrick similarities. I think context plays a huge role in this record. Rappers are often influenced by their surroundings as much as their own stories and this is a time with various crews, essentially an era of crews. I feel like this song speaks to the time and allows Drake to also say “Hey, I did some work to get where I’m at” which is completely true if you look into it. He was legitimately an underground artist 1st.

  9. I actually think this song is influenced by Lil Reese and Chief Keef. Its super repetitive like all their songs, and the “no new niggas” line is definitely taken from Lil Reeses Us, when he says “A small circle with no niggas.” That was actually my favorite line of any rap song that came out last year. Drake also was on the remix for the song as well.

    Also I really like this song and I detest Kendrick Lamar, so I’m gonna go out on limb and say he this is probably his attempt to make his own version of a Chicago Drill song, than it is a Kendrick Lamar song.

    You should have picked up on this Breihan. Your slippin.

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