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Started From The Bottom

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Transcript of Started From The Bottom

Started From The Bottom
Definition of an American
An American is someone who is proud of their country. A person which is grateful and thankful that America has achieved what it has because of what the colonists did. We realize that we "Started from the bottom," [Drake], but because of the colonists "now my whole team f***ing here," [Drake]. Historically, the Revolutionary War and Declaration of Independence is what defined America itself, in which defining us Americans. An American is someone who is free and patriotic. An American is someone who is different. It isn't like China where almost everyone is Asian. People come from all over the world to America to flee from poverty, war, or to have a better life. There isn't a defined race in America. In America, all races gather as one to become a single race called the Americans. Those who come to America escaping from disasters "Started from the bottom," [Drake], "now they here," [Drake]. In other words, diversity also defines America/Americans.
This song can mean a lot on the Figurative Side. If you are referring to Drake's life, the meaning is about the same as the Literal because it is still Drake stating how he "Started from the bottom now [he] here" [Drake]. But if you relate the figurative side to America, it could relate to the whole country because America "Started from the bottom now we here" [Drake], and also many of the immigrants came to America because of a better life, flee from destruction, and their poor life in their old homes. So many people in America also "Started from the bottom now [they] here," [Drake].
Lyrics
Representation Of America
This song can relate very well to the way America became America. The chorus alone can express a lot by stating "started from the bottom now we here" (Drake). Back in the old days when America was a British colony, the colonists would be abused and stomped on by the king and his loyalists. No one would has guessed that this poor land under the tyranny of Britain would one day become a new Rome. "Started from the bottom now my WHOLE TEAM f***ing here," (Drake) emphasizes on how America achieved greatness as a team. America is all about the people which is the government (or team) and everyone has a say. Many people in America can also relate to this chorus because of the diversity of the citizens. Lots of people from all around the world come to America from poor, impoverished places to escape disaster, war, poverty, etc. They came here for a better living and freedom, and that's what they got in America. So they "Started from the bottom now [they here]" (Drake).
Historical Representation of America
Aubrey Drake Graham
[Chorus]
Started from the bottom now we here
Started from the bottom now my whole team f***ing here
Started from the bottom now we here
Started from the bottom now the whole team here n****
Started from the bottom now we here
Started from the bottom now my whole team f***ing here, n****
Started from the bottom now we here
Started from the bottom now the whole team f***ing here

[Verse 1]
I done kept it real from the jump
Living at my mama's house we'd argue every month
N****, I was trying to get it on my own
Working all night, traffic on the way home
And my uncle calling me like "Where ya at?
I gave you the keys told ya bring it right back"
N****, I just think its funny how it goes
Now I'm on the road, half a million for a show

[Chorus]
[Verse 2]
Boys tell stories about the man
Say I never struggled, wasn't hungry yeah I gotta n****
I could turn your boy into the man
There ain't really much I hear poppin' off without us
N****, we just want the credit where it's due
I'ma worry about me, give a f*** about you
N****, just as a reminder to myself
I wear every single chain, even when I'm in the house
[Chorus]
[Bridge]
No new n****s, n**** we don't feel that
F*** a fake friend, where you real friends at?
We don't like to do too much explaining
Story stays the same I never changed it
No new n****s, n**** we don't feel that
F*** a fake friend, where you real friends at?
We don't like to do too much explaining
Story stay the same through the money and the fame
[Chorus]
Zombie on the Track
"Living at my mama's house we'd argue every month n****, I was trying to get it on my own," (Drake) relates to America when it was still a group of colonies. "Living at my mama's house," states that the colonists were under British rule. "... we'd argue every month ..." relates to the rebellious acts from the colonists and then the punishments the "Mama" gave the them. "N****, I was trying to get it on my own" states that the colonists wanted to become their own country and did not want to be under "Mama" rule anymore.
"N****, we just want the credit where it's due," (Drake) relates to when the colonists when they kept working hard, but the British kept giving them more punishments (e.g. stamp acts). The colonists wanted more rights and some lifts on some acts (e.g. quartering act), and they deserved it because they had put forth so much work and effort for Britain. The colonists just wanted " ... the credit where it's due ... ," (Drake).
"I'ma worry about me, give a f*** about you," (Drake) is the time when the colonists were sick of the British abusing them and finally wrote the Declaration of Independence. They did not "... give a f*** about [Britain] ... ," (Drake) because they wanted to be their own country, hence "I'ma worry about me ... ," (Drake).
"I wear every single chain, even when I'm in the house," (Drake) also relates to how the colonists have to keep working hard, keep housing British soldiers, keep paying massive taxes, etc. Those are the chains that Drake is talking about. "... even when I'm in the house ... ," (Drake) explains that even though you have put forth so much sweat, you have to keep "wearin' the chains." This phrase could also mean that even though the colonists came to America for a better life that had free religion, it was still a rough life. "... even when I'm in the house," (Drake) would be America or the new land. "I wear every single chain... ," (Drake) would be the hard work and rough life in the new land which the colonists thought would be better than Britain.
"Now I'm on the road, half a million for a show and we ... money and the fame ... ," [Drake] relates to America because it states how America is now the most rich and powerful country in the world, hence "... half a million for a show ... money and the fame ... ," [Drake]. Also, the word "Now" gives the listeners an idea that something has been rough in the past, and it gives us the feeling that America has been abused before. This relates perfectly to the era of British tyranny.
"No new n****s," [Drake] relates to how America nowadays don't allow illegal immigrants to America. We don't want illegal immigrants because it destroys our economy and social programs. Also, "F*** a fake friend," [Drake] explains how America doesn't like "fake immigrants" because the "F" Word means something bad and Drake is saying it to the fake friends just as the American Government illegal immigrants.
Imma kill you!
Rapper Name: Drake, Drizzy
Born in Toronto, Canada
Born October 24, 1986
Apart of Young Money Ent.
Jewish
Parents divorced when he was 5
Grew up with music in his blood his father was a drummer for rock star Jerry Lewis
Attended Forest Hill Public School until in high school, which then he turned his life into acting and music
"At the end of the day, I consider myself a black man because I'm more immersed in black culture than any other. Being Jewish is kind of a cool twist. It makes me unique." [Drake].
Grew up in Toronto neighborhood Forest Hill.
When Drake was 15 years old he starred on show Degrassi in 2001 and played as Jimmy Brooks, a basketball player who was injured severely.Then he rose to fame.
His song "Started from the Bottom" has won the "Track of the year" from BET Hip Hop Awards and was nominated as "Best Rap Song and Performance."
He probably wrote SftB because his dad divorced with his mom, and the fact that he was mistreated because he was Jewish and black. Also, it may be because he was rejected from record labels.
No please!
Started From the Bottom...
Now We Here!!
The Song on the Literal side
If you take the song literally, it's about a man singing about how he "started from the bottom" [Drake], or in a problematic life, now "he here," [Drake], livin' in the fame.
Example of a Lyrical Phrase on the Literal Side:
"Living at my momma's house we'd argue every month. N****, I was tryna get it on my own," [Drake] on a Literal Level is Drake living at his mom's house, and them arguing a lot because Drake was trying to get it on his own. On a figurative level however its a lot more juicy.
The Song on the Figurative Side
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