Back To Back

by Drake

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Lyrics for Back To Back by Drake:

Oh man
Oh man, oh man
Not again

Verse 1
Yeah, I learned the game from William Wesley, you can never check me
Back to back for the niggas that didn't get the message
Back to back, like I'm on the cover of Lethal Weapon
Back to back, like I'm Jordan '96, '97
Woah—very important and very pretentious
When I look back, I might be mad that I gave this attention
Yeah, but it's weighin' heavy on my conscience
Yeah, and fuck, you left The Boy no options
I wanna see my niggas go insane
You gon' make me step out of my fuckin' frame
You gon' make me buy bottles for Charlamagne
You gon' make me go out of my fuckin' way
I waited four days, nigga, where y'all at?
I drove here in the Wraith playin' AR-AB
I'm not sure what it was that really made y'all mad
But I guess this is what I gotta do to make y'all rap
I mean woah, can't fool the city, man, they know what's up
Second floor at Tootsies, gettin' shoulder rubs
This for y'all that think that I don't write enough
They just mad 'cause I got the Midas touch
You love her, then you gotta give the world to her
Is that a world tour or your girl's tour?
I know that you gotta be a thug for her
This ain't what she meant when she told you to open up more
Yeah, trigger fingers turn to Twitter fingers
Yeah, you gettin' bodied by a singin' nigga
I'm not the type of nigga that'll type to niggas
And shout-out to all my boss bitches wifin' niggas
Make sure you hit him with the prenup
Then tell that man to ease up
I did another one, I did another one
You still ain't did shit about the other one

I got the drink in me going back to back
Yeah, going back to back
I got the drink in me going back to back
Yeah, I'm going back to back

Verse 2
I don't wanna hear about this ever again
Not even when she tell him that they better as friends
Not even when you saying, "Drizzy, tell 'em again!"
I been puttin' on a show, it was a sell-out event
Oh, you need better seatin'
I didn't wanna do it, gave me every reason
The point I'm tryin' to make is I don't ever need 'em
Seen what you'd do for fame, what would you do for freedom?
Please, check 'em for a wire or a earpiece
Please, please do not let these niggas near me
Please, think before you come for the great one
Please, who's a real nigga and who ain't one?
Please, somebody stop me
I'm talkin' boasy and gwanin wassy
I got the fest in five days and it's my shit
Soon as a nigga hit the stage, they gon'

They gon' ask if I can play this shit back to back
Yeah, they want it back to back
They gon' ask if I can play this shit back to back
I took a break from Views, now it's back to that, nigga (Six)

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Song Facts

“Back to Back” is the second of Drake’s responses to Meek Mill following his allegations of ghostwriting in July 2015, via a now-deleted tweet:

The title refers to the second diss track in a week (it came just four days after Drake dissed Meek Mill on “Charged Up”), as well as The Toronto Blue Jays winning back to back championships.

True to his word, Drake performed the song live at OVO Fest accompanied by fan-made memes that dissed Meek Mill, a move taken straight from the Jay Z playbook. This is widely considered as the point where Drake won the beef.

The song cover shows Joe Carter, of Drake’s hometown team the Toronto Blue Jays, after he hit the winning home run from the 1993 World Series against Meek’s hometown team, the Philadelphia Phillies. The Blue Jays won the year before in 1992, earning “back to back” titles. Carter went to twitter to personally thank Drake for using his picture as cover art.

The release date of this track was no mistake, as the Phillies and Blue Jays faced off that same night (July 29th, 2015) on Sportsnet. Poetically, the Blue Jays came out on top, 8-2.

After Meek’s response track “Wanna Know” was released, Drake prepared a third diss track entitled “3Peat”, and played it at his OVOFest headlining show. However, the diss was never released in full.

“Back To Back” was nominated in the “Best Rap Performance” category at the 2016 Grammy Awards, the first diss track to do so.

In an interview on October 28, 2016, Meek Mill finally revealed what he thought about the track, stating:

I ain’t think it was no shit that people was gonna be like, ‘you got killed.’ I thought it was hot. Like when we shoot at niggas, you gotta shoot a nigga through the heart. When you wake up in the mirror, you looking in the mirror, you hearing what the nigga told you, some shit about yourself that you can’t even deal with. That’s how we battle where we come from.

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