Drake Celebrates With 'Trophies'


Drake Celebrates With 'Trophies'

OVO rapper commemorates a winning year on Hit-Boy-produced track.

Published December 30, 2013

Drake is wrapping up 2013 with one more gift to fans before the New Year.

Late last night the OVO honcho dropped the completed version of "Trophies," the Hit-Boy-produced record originally cut from September's Nothing Was the Same release. 

The Toronto rapper marches over the horn-blaring instrumental spitting at the open, "Had hit records on my demo/ Did ya'll boys not get the memo?/ I do not stay at the InterContinental/ And anything I push is not a rental, I own that muthaf----.'"

While the track progresses, Drake's flow gets more triumphant as he balances between gloating, reflecting and addressing his haters. Yet even with ultra-personal nods, like the mention of his parents' divorce, "Trophies" is far from the 27-year-old's typically subdued hits.

On a lyrical scale, the track falls in line with "All Me," and the newly released "We Made It" freestyle featuring Soulja Boy, but, as Drake points out, "Trophies" is more of a "f--- a stripper on a mink rug," or a "doing me, only God can judge" song, rather than a love song. 

Content wise, it's fitting for how Drake spent much of 2013, staking a claim among rap's front runners. "I'm here to surpass," he told XXL earlier in the year for the magazine's 150th anniversary issue. "I'm here to outdo. I'm ready for whatever with anybody." 

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Written by Latifah Muhammad


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