Drake, “Fear” (Lyrics + MP3)

5 Sep

(Via OnSMASH.)

This is the best song Drake’s ever done.

It’s brutally, beautifully honest, and clever besides; here is a story told with candor and charisma, well-written and wise in the way that only a 22-year-old just realizing his bank accounts has seven digits can be. You want someone to like Drake? Have them listen to this song. (Remember: That last line is supposed to be the first one from Thank Me Later.)

And, wow, what a gorgeous DJ Khalil beat: Guitar and light drum loops, some keys, soft, regal strings and horns, all doused in the sort of bright haze that has clouded many of Drake’s better cuts. This is celestial, searching, stirring music, and more because of Khalil than Drizzy.

Drake, “Fear” (Instrumental via Nah Right)

Lyrics:

This is why I do this shit
I think they call this, uh, venting
Yeah, look, uh

This is me, still the same
They want the hits, I play the game
No Auto-Tune, but you can feel the pain
It all comes spillin’ out like I hit a vein
What up Li’l Bra? What up, Slum Vil?
I hope you know that y’all the reason I have fun still
And fans thinkin’ that we all sign for one mill
Equal opportunity rappin’, that shit is unreal
That ain’t how it works, that ain’t how it goes
I be gettin’ high just to balance out the lows
And I could use a writer just to balance out my flows
But I never share my thoughts, this is all a nigga knows
And every time I try, it opens up my eyes
These verses are a chance to be remembered and reprised
And I will be performing this as long as I’m alive
So every word I utter will be mine

Don’t believe the lies
Look me in my eyes
Please don’t be scared of me
Please don’t be scared of me
I remember you
This feeling isn’t new
So please don’t be scared of me
Please don’t be scared of me

(Don’t take this the wrong way, but, uh)
I never cried when ‘Pac died
But I prolly will when Hov does
And if my tears hold value
Then I will drop one for every single thing he showed us
And I’ll be standin’ in a puddle
I stay away from niggas that could land me in some trouble
And I’ma keep it honest, I’m so tired of bein’ subtle
It’s just me, 40, O, and Neeks, standin’ in a huddle
Starin’ at the members of my team
Who get questioned ’bout their profit from this million-dollar scheme
Just know that I’m in debt, for you defended all our dreams
I hope you tell your families this shit ain’t what it seems
But y’all the reason for a lot of my devotion
You know I spend money because spendin’ time is hopeless
And know I pop bottles ’cause I bottle my emotions
At least I put it all in the open

Don’t believe the lies
Look me in my eyes
Please don’t be scared of me
Please don’t be scared of me
I remember you
This feeling isn’t new
So please don’t be scared of me
Please don’t be scared of me

Look, fuck all y’all, we ignore feelings here
Premature millionaires, welcome to my realest year
Yeah, I swear that we makin’ a killin’ here
I should be on top of the world, just chillin’ here
Uh, but it’s funny havin’ fans
Who find you before anybody ever has the chance
And builds you up so you could be the biggest in the game
And realize when you’re there, sometimes your shit don’t feel the same
Yeah, and plus things are just too real at home
People think I changed, just ’cause my appeal has grown
And that security follow me everywhere
So I never actually am alone, I just always feel alone
I think I’m scared of what the future holds
I was wishin’ for some things and now I’m used to those
Every girl I meet thinks I’m fuckin’ groupie hos
The honesty in my music has left me too exposed
All my old friends think I got a new crowd
And people seem to notice every time I do smile
I guess that mean they come few and far between
Even though I’m living out what you would call the dream
Yeah, and my uncle ain’t even messagin’ me
And him missin’ in my life is kinda messin’ with me
I hope this isn’t one of those forever things
It’s funny how money can change everything

Don’t believe the lies
Look me in my eyes
Please don’t be scared of me
Please don’t be scared of me
I remember you
This feeling isn’t new
So please don’t be scared of me
Please don’t be scared of me

Great artwork, too.

Great artwork by Darkie, too.

One Response to “Drake, “Fear” (Lyrics + MP3)”

  1. hhrapinfo September 5, 2009 at 10:28 PM #

    Thanks for the lyrics, this shit is hot! Nice blog too…

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