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Drake Releases New Single ‘Started From the Bottom’ Early

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Though Drake was originally slated to release his newest single, ‘Started From the Bottom,’ on Grammy night (Feb. 10), the Young Money prince surprised fans and let it loose late last night (Feb. 1).

The song examines Drizzy’s climb to the upper echelons of the rap game, with vignettes of borrowing his uncle’s car to arguing with his mom while living under the same roof, but the song’s lyrics mysteriously omit any mention of the Canadian MC’s stint as wheelchair-bound Jimmy on ‘Degrassi.’

The chorus is a repetitive message to really drive the point home: “We started from the bottom now we here / Started from the bottom now the whole team f—in’ here.”

Drake released an open letter to his fans along with the track on his OVO (October’s Very Own) blog:

My good friends,
It has truly been too long. I assume you’re all keeping well and making the most of this year that has been given to us. Today is the day to begin sharing my newest work with you. This is the first single off of my upcoming album. 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. My family and my second family (consisting of the best friends anybody could ever have) all struggled and worked extremely hard to make all this happen. 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. I didn’t feel I needed any interviews or radio or press to launch this song. It felt right to come back to the site that I started on and release it to the people that started here with me. Judging by this post, the tour that we’ve been planning, the conversations about new songs and album artwork…I think it’s safe to say we’re back together again. Looking forward to seeing you all soon.

“You don’t have to ask me how I’m doing…just listen to the music” – K.Samir

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Listen to Drake, ‘Started From the Bottom’

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