But if music is a blend of reality and artistic license, where does Drake’s talk about catching bodies fall? “Who’s going to catch a body with all these niggas rapping about murder?” he asks. “Who’s really putting a body on a gun?” C-Murder and Gucci Mane come to mind, but I say nothing. “When I say, ‘You’re going to make someone around me catch a body like that,’ that’s something you can ask them about.” He points to his boy Chubbs—the one who’s “in love with street shit.”
“Everybody wants to poke and jab at Drake because they don’t feel like he will throw back,” says Chubbs, who met Drake nearly four years ago. “But nobody around here is going to let something happen to him at any time, especially me. I’m not ever going to let nothing happen to him. If it’s going to happen it’s going to happen to me first.”
And here are some of the people he actually thanks in the album credits:
On Bun B, Andre 3000, Just Blaze, and Stevie Wonder:
"Bun B, thank you for being a King. Andre 3000 that song was something I dreamed about for a long time…thank you. RIP Static Major and thank you to Avonti for making that incredible piece happen for us…a little old school playa never hurt. Just Blaze, thanks for letting me come through that night and playing me the perfect beat. Stevie Wonder, thank you for being everything that you are and sharing your wisdom, talent, and jokes with me throughout the creation of this album."
His business manager:
"To my business manager David Bolno, thank you for pulling my life together for me and putting me in a position where I can now begin to build my empire. Also, thanks for bearing such a striking resemblance to Ben Affleck…that always comforts me."
Lil Wayne, Birdman, and Nicki MInaj:
"Weezy and Stunna you already know what it is...I’m here for life. Nicki Minaj I’m so proud of you…I love you so funckin much."