Quote: “All my friends are dead” “XO Tour Llif3” is about Uzi’s relationship issues with ex-girlfriend and substance abuse. All my friends are dead was a widespread controversial metaphor that drew many theories. The theory of the metaphor i believe most however is that he is talking about money. Presidents on most dollar bills are now deceased and i feel as if he he saying money is his friend, hence, all his friends are dead. The mysterious background and deeper meaning to such a simple metaphor is what makes me rank this as my #6.
Quote: “I just win again, then win again, like Wimbledon I serve” On “DNA.,” Kendrick adopts multiple viewpoints, celebrating, critiquing, and exploring his black heritage and culture. He compares his multiple awards and award winning records to winning matches at the Wimbledon tennis event and also compares how he "Serves" his opponents to a tennis serve. Its use in context and how Kendrick uses his accomplishment in context to a specific somewhat rare to compare event ranks it as my #5.
Quote: “Oh you in a slump? I'm headed to Oakland like Kevin Durant” Gucci Mane, an Atlanta based trap artist known for a plethora of different songs and albums, also uses Kevin Durant's switch to the Golden State Warriors to his advantage in music. He compares someone's "slump" to Kevin Durant's 9 seasons with the Thunder not winning one NBA championship. He then follows up with Kevin Durant's move to Oakland. The NBA comparison and the excellent use of the simile by adding the "slump" is what makes me rank this as my #4.
Quote: “Still be playing with pots and pans call me Quavo ratatouille” “Bad and Boujee" is a trap anthem about making money and spending time with women who have expensive taste. Quavo's comparison of his rather illegal activities to the exploits of fictional Disney character ratatouille in the kitchen cooking at a professional restaurant caught the ears of people across the world. This ranks as my #3 because of its creativity and although unsavory, rare connection to a classic Disney movie.
Quote: “Soon as s*** look out of reach i reach back like one three” Fake Love finds Drake criticizing friends and associates who only show him love because of his incredible success. Throughout the song the song he is bashing his so called friends for how now they all come around due to his success. He uses a simile that catches everyone's attention however. The above quote is a comparison of how he gets things under control when things get hectic and out of hand to Odell Beckham Jr. (#13 hence "One Three") and his spectacular catch where he reached far behind him to get what seemed like a lost cause. This ranks as my #2 due to the creativeness of the comparison itself as well as the difficult comparison to sports events.
Quote: “You jumped sides on me now you bout to meet Westbrook.” Basketball puns used to rarely be used in rap but now they are a high occurrence. Kendrick Lamar uses this metaphor to compare how Drake turned on him, to how Kevin Durant turned his back on Russell Westbrook when he switched teams. This ranks as my number one due to not only is it a good metaphor, but it has a deeper personal meaning that i can relate to.