DRAKE has seemingly called out his ex in his new album, and fans aren’t impressed.
The Canadian star dropped multiple oblique references to Rihanna, 35, in his new album For All the Dogs.
Drake was slammed for making several references to Rihanna in For All the DogsCredit: Getty
The rapper seemed to suggest that he could treat Rihanna better than A$AP RockyCredit: Getty
For All the Dogs came out on October 6, and fans quickly noticed that Drake, 36, couldn’t resist referring to his past relationship in his lyrics, according to Billboard.
Drake and Rihanna reportedly had an on/off relationship between 2009-2016.
The rapper famously professed his love for Rihanna on stage at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards but didn’t get the warmest reception from the Fenty Beauty mogul.
In 2018, Rihanna suggested during an interview with Vogue that the duo were no longer close, saying: “We don’t have a friendship now, but we’re not enemies either. It is what it is.”
While Rihanna suggested that she was unconcerned about them drifting apart, Drake’s new raps hint that he feels differently.
In his song Fear of Heights, Drake kicked off by repeating the word “Anti,” the name of one of Rihanna’s albums, before saying: “That man, he still with you, he can’t leave you. Y’all go on vacation, I bet it’s Antilles,” referring to Rihanna’s native Barbados.
By “that man,” Drake was likely referring to A$AP Rocky, 35, with whom Rihanna shares two children.
Then, on the song Virginia Beach, Drake dropped the name of the school Rihanna has an honorary degree from, rapping: “Drawin’ conclusions like you got a Parsons degree or something. I coulda treated you better, that’s crazy.”
He also called out A$AP Rocky directly in another track, Another Late Night, using his nickname Pretty Flacko: “I ain’t Pretty Flacko. B***h this s**t get really Rocky.”
‘HE’S SO BITTER’
On X, formerly known as Twitter, many album listeners were shocked to hear Drake drop so many Rihanna references years after their fling.
One wrote: “Rihanna is now a happily married mother of TWO and Drake is still throwing subs at her…”
A second added: “He’s so bitter like it’s been years…”
“Drake still crying about Rihanna 7 years later we tired,” said another.
A fourth social media user slammed: “Drake dissing Rihanna??? he’s a loser man.”
Another fan blasted: “Drake dissed Rihanna and ASAP Rocky that only means one thing, it still hurts him enough to disgrace himself to the public after 6 years. I didn’t think I’d ever say this but, Drake, you flopped.”
In the summer, a source told The U.S. Sun that Drake took over the exclusive private member’s club Zero Bond’s screening room and outfitted it as his own recording studio while he was in New York City recently.
To bring For All the Dogs to life, the artist reportedly worked around the clock while in the city.
The insider divulged: “Drake would wake up super early, go to Zero Bond to record, then he would go perform his massive concerts at Madison Square Garden and Barclays and then go back to the club and keep at it late into the night.
“He turned the screening room at Zero Bond into a state-of-the-art studio. He brought his producers there and recorded most of the album there. Travis Scott even came in and did a verse.”
They explained: “This part of the club is becoming a space for creatives who are seeking discretion.
“It’s a screening room, but it’s becoming more in demand with various artists and even top podcasters. It fits a little over 100 people, it’s private but intimate.”
Critics blasted Drake for his seemingly bitter words about Rihanna and Rocky, who share two childrenCredit: Getty
Others took the raps as proof that Drake was still hurt over his failed relationship with Rihanna years agoCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Despite the highly-anticipated album being pushed back multiple times, critics claimed that he flopped with his lyricsCredit: Getty