Drake has had the city on his back from time g. There's a reason why Drake is known as the 6 God. Drake has always been proud of where he came from and isn't afraid to show that within his songs lyrics.
In light on Drake hosting the first annual NBA Awards, here are 20 times Drake has mentioned Toronto in a song.
Song: "Tuscan Leather"
"This for shorty up on Glengrove who love when I catch my tempo" Glengrove Avenue is northwest of Forest Hill. Drake is shouting out an old ting he used to fvck with.
"I take Eglinton to 401 east, And exit at Markham Road in the east end, Where all the pretty girls are sleeping" Drake is describing the route he would have to take to where he would meet up with “pretty girls" but still being a lowkey creep.
Song: “Worst Behavior"
"At 5am to go shoot Degrassi up on Morningside" Back when Drake used to be known as Wheelchair Jimmy on Degrassi! Which was shot at Centennial College and Morningside was the street they filmed it on.
Song: “5am in Toronto”
“Eating like I’m seated at Swish, Sotto and Joso’s” Swish, Sotto and Joso’s are all Toronto restaurants that Drake used to be a regular. Fun Fact: Joso's is where Drake shot his Take Care album cover!
Song: "The Ride"
“I haven’t been inside Terminal 1 and 3 for so long” Drake is referring to Toronto Pearson International Airport which has two operating terminals, Terminal 1 and 3. Now he has his own private jets so he doesn't need to worry about slumming it with the rest of us at YYZ.
"I got real ones livin’ past Kennedy Road, I got real ones with me everywhere that I go" Kennedy Road is a major street in Scarborough, ON, and majority of his OVO mans live around there.
Song: "Know Yourself"
“Yeah, this that Oliver, 40, Niko shit man. 15 Fort York shit, ya know." Drake shouts out 15 Fort York a condo in Toronto. This is where he created So Far Gone and a Legend was born.
Song: You and the 6
“Do you remember back to Weston Road, Scarlett Road?” Before moving to Forest Hill, Drake lived in the Weston area with his mom. Reminiscing back to his childhood where he Started From The Bottom.
Song: “No Long Talk”
“If Gilla call shots, no questions / G-Way till I’m resting / But we still got love for the West End” G-Way” is short for Kingston-Galloway, a neighborhood in the East End of Toronto. Drake makes sure to shout out the west end as well.
Song: “Lose You”
“Queen Street visions that nobody believed in / Fifty-two consecutive weekends, shout out to Weeknd/ The city gets stronger when everybody is speakin’, not when everybody out here beefin'"Queen Street is a major street located in downtown Toronto. Addressing the rumors about conflicts with The Weeknd and clearing the air letting fans know that OVOXO is still very much alive.
Song: Can’t Have Everything
“We evolved, used to think vacation meant Niagara Falls / Swear to God, shout to Buffalo” A realization of how far his success has taken him, where he used to think, among many other Torontonians that vacations were only at Niagara Falls or Buffalo, NY.
Song: Do Not Disturb
“Used to be at SilverCity Indigo” A staple for all high school dates back in the day. Wandering around an Indigo and then moving along into a SilverCity to watch a movie.
“Might move our annual shit to the Dome / I need 40,000 people to see what I’m on” Drake's annual OVO Fest has been held at Molson Canadian Amphitheatre but because of the large demand of people wanting to attend a location change was needed.
Song: Weston Road Flows
“You was ridin’ TTC metro, I had the place boomin’” Besides the entire song.. which is a huge shoutout to Canada. Drake also shouts out Toronto's public transportation system. Just like the rest of us, Drake used to ride the TTC.
Song: Still Here
“How did I finesse all this shit from Jane and Weston?”An intersection that had a crucial impact on Drake’s childhood memories. Drake is looking back and thinking how he made all this shit happen for himself.
Song: Keep the Family Close
“Kennedy Road taught me not to trust people like you” Spending time in Scarborough has taught Drake many real life lessons such as not to be too trusting of others.
“I turn the 6 upside down, it’s a 9 now” Drake has figuratively flipped the city of Toronto upside-down and shows this by flipping the 6 to a 9. The duration of this song is exactly 4:16.
“6 cold like Alaska” Drake compares the chilly af winters in Canada to something Americans might be slightly more familiar with.
“Roy outta here like NASA” A shoutout to OVO's newest addition to the family, Roy Woods.
Song: Pop Style
"This sound like some forty-three-oh-one shit” Throwing it back to 4301 Kingston Rd, where Drake and P Reign used to hang out.