It’s been at least seven years since Drake and Rihanna broke up, but he’s still not over it — at least, that’s what fans have concluded following the Friday (Oct. 2) release of the rapper’s new album, For All the Dogs.
On some of the songs, particularly “Fear of Heights,” listeners are convinced that Drizzy takes shots at his superstar ex-girlfriend, as well as her partner and the father of her two kids, A$AP Rocky. This comes years after Drake and Ri sparked romance rumors in 2009 and went on to date on and off, before Rihanna told Vogue in 2018 that she and the “God’s Plan” musician “don’t have a friendship now, but we’re not enemies either.”
In the “Fear of Heights” intro, for instance, he repeatedly says the word “Anti,” aka the title of Ri’s Billboard 200 No. 1 2016 album. Then, after lamenting how people “make it sound like [he’s] still hung up on” his ex, Drake goes on to seemingly diss Rocky with “That man, he still with you, he can’t leave you/ Y’all go on vacation, I bet it’s Antilles.”
And yes, Barbados — Rihanna’s home country and frequent vacation spot — is located in Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean.
That’s not all, though. On the track “Virginia Beach,” Drake spits, “Drawin’ conclusions like you got a Parsons degree or somethin’/ I coulda treated you better, that’s crazy.” And who has an honorary degree from the Parsons School of Design? That’s right — Rihanna!
Plus, on “Another Late Night,” Drake seems to take aim once again at A$AP Rocky. “I ain’t Pretty Flacko,” he raps, nodding to Rocky’s nickname, “B—h this s–t get really Rocky.”
Billboard has reached out to Rihanna and Rocky’s reps for comment.
Needless to say, Drake’s apparent Rihanna and Rocky disses has a lot of fans fired up, the general consensus being that the “Rich Flex” rapper needs to just move on. “Drake dissed Rihanna and Asap Rocky and that only means one thing, it still hurts him enough to disgrace himself to the public after 6 years,” tweeted one critic. “I didn’t think I’d ever say this but, Drake, you flopped.”
“drake still crying about rihanna 7 years later we tired,” wrote one.
Added another, “drake still rapping about Rihanna pls HANG IT UP.”
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