I’m On One

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This song is clearly about how rough it is to be an athlete outclassing your teammates and being held back by them. Drake is a veteran baseball player who has returned to his home city’s loosing team. His teammates (Rick Ross and ‘lil Wayne) perform so poorly that he is perpetually stuck on first base.

The intro is clear:

(I get ’em up!) I’m on one
(I get ’em up!) Fuck it, I’m ‘on one
(I get ’em up!) I said I’m on one

‘I get ’em up!’ is a reference to the fact that the audience comes only to see him play, and are quite excited (standing up). While the repetition of ‘I’m on one’ is both a sad and angry declaration that he has made it to first base. He is there due to his spectacular playing, but cannot leave due to lack of help from his teammates.

” I’m getting so throwed, I ain’t went this hard since I was 18″

He is being ‘thrown for a loop’ because he has not had to put so much effort in since the start of his career, and yet he gets nothing out of it.

“Apologize if I say anything I don’t mean
Like what’s up with your best friend?
We could all have some fun, believe me”

He has tried, and failed, to encourage his teammates to put some effort into playing. ‘We could all have some fun’, but they are content with their own poor performance due to a sense of job security, being paid enough, and a sense of comfort with futility.

“And what’s up with these new niggas?
And why they think it all comes so easy?”

Even the new players on the team, not hardened by defeat, think that victory can come without hard work and thus fail as well.

“But get it while you here boy
Cause all that hype don’t feel the same next year boy
Yeah and I’ll be right here in my spot with a little more cash
Than I already got trippin off you cause you had your shot”

Despite their failings, he’s going to continue playing as well as he can, working as hard as he can. He has the admiration of his fans, and notoriety and he will not let anyone keep him from that. The rest have had their chance and he’s not going to end up like them.

“Hate the rumours, hate your bullshit, hate these fucking allegations
I’m just feeling like the throne is for the taking, watch me take it!”

With his ambitious character, his teammates have slandered him quite fiercely, but he’s still going to strive for excellence.

And now with a burst of owning his situation and flaunting it we arrive at the hook:

“All I care ’bout is money and the city that I’m from
I’ma sip until I feel it, I’mma smoke it ’til it’s done ”

He has his money from his previous successes, and now he’s focusing on caring about the city he loves. Sipping on fame and ‘smoking’ the competition.

 

“Two white cups and I got that drink
Could be purple, it could be pink
Depending on how you mix that shit”

Purple and pink drink are clear references to various flavors of sports drinks.

The following verses has his teammates simply extolling the ‘large’ life they live. Exaggerating their grandiose living and skills. After each one he comes back in repeating the hook, making clear that while they are absorbed in their lives of faux stardom, he is concerned about his hometown. And despite their supposed excellence, he is still on one.

Cashin Out

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I listen to the song and hear the lament of someone who lived the big life during the housing bubble and is now underwater on his condo.

 

“Got a condo on my wrist girl, I’m cashing out
Got a condo around my neck girl, I’m cashing out”

He is shackled and yoked by the burden of his property, and now has to ‘cash out’ sell it for what it’s worth and take the loss. He recounts this to a girl to dismiss her seeking favor from him.

“I got Versace all on my back
These hoes all on my back
Plus these plugs all on my back
Cause they know I’m moving that pack”

His favorite clothier, former sexual partners, and drug selling associates are all out to collect on his debts to them, because they know he is leaving the condo and coming into money.

 

“These Louies all in my face
Four-fifths stay up on my waist
Plus it ain’t on me for nothing so please don’t make me catch a case
Cause bitch I’m ’bout it”

‘Louies’  are the collection agency thugs holding a .45 revolver to his waist. He asks them not to take him to court, because he is serious about restitution.

 

“Me walking round with no check on me, psshh
Yeah I doubt it
Your girl ain’t finna leave with me, psshh
Yeah I doubt it
And I’m like, what the hell they talking ’bout
And if I got it I bought it, cause boy you know I’m cashing out”

This is a lament to his former life of solvency, when he could use cheques (due to having money in the bank) and leave with any woman he wanted. But he shames those who might talk poorly of him for his financial choices, for he takes full responsibility for his purchases, and he is now cashing out.

On Fabric Softner

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‘Bitches love fabric softner’

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