Editorial: Our Generation’s ‘Certified’ lyrics from ‘CLB’

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Now that we’ve had time to digest all of what Aubrey “Drake” Graham had to say on his sixth studio album Certified Lover Boy, it’s fair to say that most fans have their favorite songs and lyrics memorized.

People gravitate towards Drake’s music for different things: some for the sappy, contemplative relationship motifs, some for the toxic, stubborn jabs at their exes and some for the straight-to-the-point, expensive flexes from one of the most lavish artists in the industry.

Either way, Drake’s uniqueness and master pen game evoke different reactions out of all his listeners, even us here at OGM. With that in mind, check out our top-20 favorite bars from the self-proclaimed ‘Certified Lover Boy’:


Drake is fully aware Instagram models are using his lyrics as captions, and fully endorses it.

Under a picture lives some of the greatest quotes from me

Under me I see all the people that claim they over me

And above me I see nobody

I’d have to be dead for them to say that you took it from me

Drake on “Champagne Poetry”

While Drake becoming a pivotal figure in is hometown Toronto is a blessing, it can also lead to him bearing the responsibility of the city’s shortcomings.

Man, I can’t even RIP and show my remorse to the homie

Know I carry the guilt of the city’s misfortune on me

I even got the cleanin’ staff plotting extortion on me

My parents divorce is on me

My therapist’s voice is making the choices for me

And I always censor myself ’cause no matter what, they reporting on me

The pressure is weighin’ on me

Drake on “Champagne Poetry”

Drake has made Bronny James’ high school basketball games a who’s-who of stars including him and Michael B. Jordan sitting court-side.

N****s know they need to stop

I’m standing at the top, that’s how I know you never seen the top

Sierra Canyon parking lot lookin’ like Magic City parking lot

Hear the talks when I walk by like you know it’s over when we drop

Drake on “Papi’s Home”

He really will say absolutely anything to pull a girl. Have to respect it.

Starin’ at your dress ’cause it’s see-through

Yeah, talkin’ all the shit that you done been through

Yeah, say that you a lesbian, girl, me too

Ayy, girls want girls where I’m from

Drake on “Girls Want Girls”

Lil Durk using his feature on the biggest album of the year to promote his girlfriend India’s small business is heartwarming stuff.

She only play me in the whip

India Royale cosmetic, I’m just promotin’ my bitch

Drake song do a billion streams for sure, I’m just promotin’ her shit

Lil Durk on “In the Bible”

JAY-Z rightfully demands loyalty from his peers and could easily impose his will on those who go against him.

N****s wanted to kill me and y’all still with ’em

N****, y’all chill with ’em, and y’all wonder why we not friends?

Best thing I can do is not build with you

When I could destroy you, that takes some fuckin’ discipline

JAY-Z on “Love All”

It can be hard to keep the chip on your shoulder while you’re the artist of the decade, but Drake can effectively use any animosity as fuel.

Imitation isn’t flattery, it’s just annoyin’ me

And I’m too about it

And the dirt that they threw on my name

Turned to soil and I grew up out it

Drake on “Fair Trade”

The toxicity comes out as Drake is having a little bit of trouble adjusting to his significant other’s lifestyle change from stripping to starting a business.

You know you important and shit

You know I’m supportin’ this shit

We used to do pornos when you would come over but now you got morals and shit

I got like four on the wrist and an adorable kid

I got a Drac’ in the studio, and I don’t just mean that I’m in this bitch

Please make the most of this shit

Drake on “TSU”

Aubrey is feeling on top of the world, flying out his girl to wherever he is in the world at the time. The inclusion of the infamous Future clip is a nice touch too.

Said you belong to the streets but the streets belong to me

It’s like home to me (She belongs to the streets)

It’s like home to me

I tatted your passport up

Now it’s lookin’ like a arm sleeve

Just know that was all me

Drake on “Pipe Down”

Nobody is more tapped into pop culture than Drake, creatively injecting a Sha’Carri Richardson bar about her marijuana suspension from the Olympics in July.

You n****s ain’t no kin and that’s a fact (Ayy)

And I’m like Sha’Carri, smoke ’em on and off the track (Aye)

And you love that hoe, but me, I put her on her back

You get Drizzy on a track, he’ll put you on the map

Drake on “No Friends In The Industry”

Only 21 Savage can make the most intimidating threat in the world a viral TikTok trend at the same time.

I’m mister body catcher, Slaughter Gang soul snatcher

Ain’t no regular F-150, this a fuckin’ Raptor

No capper, street nigga, not a rapper

Chopper hit him and he turned into a booty clapper

21 Savage on “Knife Talk”

Drake admittedly included this Giannis Antetokounmpo bar after the idea was pitched by a fan.

Don’t move like a puto

Could at least keep it a buck like Antetokounmpo

I made north of the border like Vito Rizzuto

Throwin’ parties in Miami, they lovin’ us mucho

Drake on “7am on Bridle Path”

As aforementioned, Drake is always looking for ways to keep that chip on his shoulder.

Picture me carin’ what niggas sayin’ on Wi-Fi they don’t pay for

Knew I needed love, but I think I value the hate more

To push towards things that I prayed for

Drake on “Race My Mind”

Rozay keeps it real about how close to nothing can save some from the grim reality of street life.

Bullet wounds don’t be covered by ObamaCare

Your funeral was way too soon, that’s if your mama there

Real niggas deserve to live twice

Rick Ross on “You Only Live Twice”

Even Drake can have a tough time grasping his own success.

Catalog is immaculate

Still runnin’ the game, don’t ask me about the practice

Ho, you go on vacation, don’t ask me about relaxin’

Not sure if you know but I’m actually Michael Jackson

The man I see in the mirror is actually goin’ platinum

Drake on “You Only Live Twice”

Weezy does not think very highly of his adversaries, and always keeps his wordplay top-notch.

Brrrt, may I speak to pussy n****s?

I just call it like I see it, I ain’t even lookin’, n****

I just walk it like I speak and I ain’t speakin’ to them n****s

I ain’t starvin’, I’m just greedy, all I eat is pussy n****s

Lil Wayne on “You Only Live Twice”

It’s a tough pill to swallow seeing how much wisdom Juice had to offer to the world when he passed at such a young age.

I think that’s what life is about

Truly findin’ yourself

And then closin’ your eyes and dyin’ in your sleep

Juice WRLD on “IMY2” intro

Drake playfully exposes how some people just don’t walk the walk.

All my n****s rally ’round me

Bold n****s gettin’ real italics ’round me

Finally circled, found the purple

Undisclosed amounts straight from Universal

Drake on “IMY2”

Potentially aimed at Rihanna, Drake humbly regrets many of his old ways.

I was out here fucking fans, I was shameless

Yeah, and I know that

You was at the crib reading stories that they sent you

Most of that was bullshit but some of it I did do

Hard for me to justify the women I was into

Especially when the whole entire world wished they had you

Drake on “Fucking Fans”

Drake knows he owes the world to those who have always been in his corner.

Dislocated shoulder, it’s hard to be always reaching back

All these IOU’s, it’s hard for me to be keeping track

Friends that dedicated they life to just keepin’ me intact

Hard to pay 40, pay Noel, pay Niko back

Drake on “The Remorse”

All of these bars and more on the album continue to exemplify why Drake shatters records with each new release. Decide for yourself which lyrics are your favorite on Certified Lover Boy below.

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