Drake‘s known and beloved for his lyrics, but it’s possible that their poetry gets lost sometimes delivered with music. But now we have literary titan Salman Rushdie reading then and analyzing briefly, to help the 6 God’s rep. Thank goodness.
Rushdie was recently in Toronto promoting his new book called Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights and while in the CBC studios, someone came up with the bright idea of getting the famed novelist and essayist to recite Drake lines on camera.
Perhaps not surprising, Rushdie is not acquainted with Drake’s music, so his interpretations are brilliantly naive, reading it “like free verse,” as he puts it. Still, he can relate.
After reciting lines from “6pm in New York,” he responds, “Yeah, I know that how that feels.”
His favorite of the bunch seems to be “Know Yourself,” while he give props to a nod to Marilyn Monroe plenty of us probably missed on “What’s My Name?”
Watch it here: