Decoding All of Drake's References on 'In My Feelings'

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Drake performs at The SSE Hydro on March 23, 2017 in Glasgow.

Drake unleashed his highly anticipated Scorpion double album to close out last month (June 29), notching the 6 God his eighth No. 1 project on the Billboard 200. Drizzy also compiled a record-breaking seven tracks within the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart dated July 14. One of the B-side's standout cuts that debuted at No. 6 was the anthemic "In My Feelings."

The TrapMoneyBenny-produced tune has taken off thanks to the latest dance challenge. Instagram comedian Shiggy dubbed the #DoTheShiggy on June 30, which sparked the now-viral "In My Feelings" Challenge. The social media sensation has seen a number of celebrities follow suit, including Will Smith, Odell Beckham Jr., James Harden, Ciara, Kevin Hart, and even Drake himself. The challenge has spawned more than 2.3 million tweets as of Thursday (July 12).

The infectious tune is much more than a viral dance record, though, as the OVO rapper penned a quasi-love letter directed at former lovers and women he's been fascinated with in his life. The potential summer banger is peppered with New Orleans bounce flavor and Drake makes sure to pay homage to a couple of 504 legends by sampling Lil Wayne and the late Magnolia Shorty. 

Billboard attempts to decipher all of Drake's references throughout "In My Feelings" below.


"Trap, TrapMoneyBenny/ This shit got me in my feelings/ Gotta be real with it, yup."

"In My Feelings" marks Drake's first collaboration with producer TrapMoneyBenny. The Ohio native has worked with the likes of Chief Keef, 21 Savage, Lil Yachty, and more in the past. Drizzy gives the beat maestro a quick shout-out to kick things off. OVO 40 and New Orleans' BlaqNmilD also notch co-production credits on the track but Benny told The Fader he "did the meat and potatoes of the beat."

K'yanna Barber

"Kiki, do you love me? Are you riding?/ Say you'll never ever leave from beside me/ Cause I want ya, and I need ya/ And I'm down for you always/ KB, do you love me? Are you riding?/ Say you'll never ever leave from beside me."

Many believed Kiki to be former 106 & Park host Keshia Chante, who grew up as a childhood friend of Drake's and was one of his first crushes. The two previously dated and he's even admitted to writing songs about her in the past. Thanks to some great reporting from the good folks at Genius, they uncovered the Kiki referenced here was actually a woman by the name of K'yanna Barber. 

The Oakland-based social media personality has been romantically tied to Drizzy since 2016. She reportedly attended one of his concerts on the Summer Sixteen Tour. Barber was linked to Drake once again in 2017 as a gossip outlet spotted the pair together in various locations. The connection to K'yanna makes sense as he follows up using just her initials of "KB" later in the verse. Barber even subtlety tweeted out the lyrics mentioning her on Sunday (July 8).  

Jennifer Lopez

"I buy you Champagne but you love some Henny/ From the block like you Jenny/ I know you special, girl, 'cause I know too many."

Here, Drake rhymes about how special his partner is at the moment. He references a 2002 Jennifer Lopez hit with "Jenny From the Block." Drizzy was linked to the Bronx-bred star in late 2016, prior to her starting a relationship with former MLB player Alex Rodriguez. Drake posted a couple photos snuggling up with J-Lo and rumors began to take form that the two were romantically involved. Lopez even confirmed the pair was working on new music together in early 2017.

The OVO rapper sampled Lopez on More Life's "Teenage Fever." He later put J-Lo into his raps on the Scary Hours EP cut "Diplomatic Immunity." "2010 was when I lost my halo/ 2017 I lost a J-Lo," Drake somberly rhymed. 

City Girls 

'"Resha, do you love me? Are you riding?/ Say you'll never ever leave from beside me/ 'Cause I want ya, and I need ya/ And I'm down for you always/ J.T., do you love me? Are you riding?/ Say you'll never ever leave from beside me/ Cause I want ya, and I need ya/ And I'm down for you always."

Drake takes his loving in another direction for the second verse, replacing Kiki with both members of the burgeoning rap duo City Girls. Drizzy begins with a shout-out to 'Resha, which is a shorter version of her government name Caresha. She is known as Young Miami in the hip-hop world. 

Next, J.T. receives the elusive Drizzy co-sign. The Quality Control artist makes up the other half of City Girls. Jatavia Johnson recently turned herself in to authorities to finish a sentence for fraudulent credit card charges. She was previously out on bond and revealed on her Instagram Story (June 30) that she would indeed be heading back to prison. 

Rap-Up caught up with City Girls to get their jubilant reaction to receiving the Drake stamp of approval. “Growing up, I always been a Drake fan," said JT. "How did Drake know us? We just some random hood City Girls. How he heard our music? For him to just follow us, not even knowing he knew our music, it’s like people is really paying attention to us."

Following Scorpion's release, Drizzy posted a number of artists to his Instagram story that inspired him while recording the double album. City Girls made the 6 God's list. 

Magnolia Shorty

"Yea, yea, yea, yea he bad/ And I'm down for you always/ Yea, yea, yea, guess who's back/ And I'm down for you always/ D-down for you al–/ Black biggy biggy black biggy black blake/ D-d-down for you always/ I got a new boy, and that n---a trade!"

Drake injects some New Orleans bounce into the track with a sample from the late Magnolia Shorty, who was killed back in 2010. The looped sample is from the 504 native's "Smokin Gun" remix to Jadakiss' original track. Shorty's unique bounce shares the segue with City Girls and Drizzy. 

Lil Wayne

"Bring that ass, bring that ass, bring that ass back/ B-bring that ass, bring that ass, bring that ass back/ Shawty say the n---a that she with can't hit/ But shawty, I'ma hit it, hit it like I can't miss."

Drake samples his mentor on the breakdown of "In My Feelings." He implements sultry uptempo bars from Lil Wayne's biggest hit to date with the Grammy-winning "Lollipop" off 2008's Tha Carter III. The commercially successful single went on to power its way atop the Billboard Hot 100 on May 3, 2008, and spent five weeks at No. 1. Static Major also appears on the track but tragically passed away 16 days prior to its release (Feb. 25). 

Zazie Beetz 

"I don't even care, I need a photo with Drake/ Because my Instagram is weak as fuck/ I'm just being real, my shit look."

"In My Feelings" closes out with a scene from Donald Glover's Atlanta series. Van, played by the beautiful Zazie Beetz, professes her desire for a selfie with Drake at his New Year's Eve party to stunt on her friends for the 'Gram. The episode is actually titled "Champagne Papi." Van and her friends are tricked into attending an NYE banger at Drizzy's mansion but he's actually not even there. The crew never ended up finding the 6 God.