Listen: Drake Reflects On Past Struggles With “Started From The Bottom”


Drake may be all about that “Champagne Papi” life now but he’s determined not to let people think his life was always peaches and cream… and champagne… and falling in love with strippers… and being “25 sittin’ on 25 mil.”

Twitter has been ablaze tonight over his new single, Started From The Bottom,” which was released on his OVO blog with a letter, both directly confronting the common misconception that his path to super stardom began on Easy Street.


“I feel sometimes that people don’t have enough information about my beginnings and therefore they make up a life story for me that isn’t consistent with actual events,” he wrote. “I did not buy my way into this spot and it was the furthest thing from easy to achieve. I am proud of every part of my past and I’m excited for this song to find a place in your life as well.”

The Mike Zombie-produced track was expected to drop on Grammy night and serves as the first single from Drake’s upcoming third studio album, Nothing Was the Same.

Backed by a gloomy piano loop, laced with bass, and supported by an aggressive, catchy chant, Drake raps about his early struggles — as he’s done on past songs (2009’s “Successful,” 2011’s “Look What You’ve Done”).

“I done kept it real from the jump,
Livin’ at my mama house, we’d argue every month nigga …”

Clearly frustrated with how he’s been perceived (the soft half Jewish rapper from Canada who started out on popular teen drama, Degrassi), he rhymes, “boys tell stories ’bout the man, say I never struggled, wasn’t hungry, yeah I doubt it nigga.”

So far reception is mixed. What do you think of the new track?