Drake loves the ’90s and proves it 9 times on views
Drake’s affinity for cultural references has been apparent throughout his work, and it’s no different on Views.
While he makes nods to everything from Eddie Murphy’s 1983 movieTrading Places to Vince Carter’s legendary 2000 NBA Slam Dunk Contest performance, there are several allusions to the 1990s that pop up across the album’s 20 tracks. Aubrey’s ‘90s influences have been well-documented before — from Aaliyah to Andre 3000 — and his connection to that wonderful decade continues here.
1. MICHAEL JORDAN
Lyric: “MJ in every way, I just don’t fade away”
Drake is not the first rapper to compare himself to Michael Jordan, and he won’t be the last. And he’s doing it for the same reason as everyone else: To say he’s the best. MJ’s signature move was the fadeaway jumper, but Aubrey’s using it to mean something different — that he has no plans of fading away from his spot in the game. Nor will he be making a fadeaway jumper anytime soon.
2. BIG TYMERS
Lyric: “Like Mannie, like Stunna, man, shit is big time now”
The Big Tymers were a rap group made up of Mannie Fresh and Birdman (a.k.a. Stunna), signed to Cash Money, just like Drake. Their biggest hit was “Still Fly” (which, granted, came out in 2002).
Song: “U With Me?”
Lyric: “It’s like a lot of games bein’ played, how’s it goin’ down? / If it’s on ‘til we gone then I gots to know now / Is you wit’ me or what?”
Not only does Drake lift the above lyric directly from X’s 1998 track “How’s It Goin’ Down,” but he also samples X’s vocals from 1999’s “What These Bitches Want” to open the song.
4. IMMATURE/MARQUES HOUSTON
Song: “U With Me?”
Lyric: “You tell me that I’m confusin’ / More immature than Marques Houston”
Drake isn’t calling R&B singer and actor Marques Houston immature here. He’s referencing the group Houston was in early in his career, called Immature. They later changed their name to IMx, but that wouldn’t have really worked here.
Song: “Weston Road Flows”
Lyric: “Creepin’ like Chilli without the tender, love, and care”
Chilli is a member of TLC, which got its moniker from its members’ stage names (T-Boz, Left Eye, and Chilli); TLC is also an acronym, of course, for “tender loving care.” He’s not calling her a creep, though; “Creep” was the group’s first chart-topper, released in 1994.