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No Friends In The Industry
Drake Lyrics


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No friends in the industry
My brothers been my brothers, man
You niggas ain't no kin to me, a fact (whoa)
Yeah, you heard about me, you don't know me more than that
Yeah, I know, I
Hey, hey, yeah

No friends in the industry
My brothers been my brothers, man
You niggas ain't no kin to me, a fact (whoa)
I was known for snappin' when I chat before the app
Stood on everything I said and never took it back (whoa)
No friends in the industry
I had to draw the line between my brothers and my enemies, a fact
Niggas love to start the beef, don't wanna keep it rap
Yeah, you hit us up and now we owe you something back

See, when I was young angel but these niggas turned me evil
Yeah, I know I know you, but you really ain't my people
Yeah, I heard some people say they know 'em as my equal
Truth be told, I son these niggas, girl, I don't compete with 'em
Ask about The Boy and they gon' say they got the streets with him
Niggas so offensive knowin' they don't have no defense
Why they always act like we can fix it with a meeting?
All that linking up, man, I'ma see ya when I see ya
Yeah
Yeah
Yeah, brothers been my brothers, man
You niggas ain't no kin and that's a fact (ayy)
And I'm like Sha'Carri, smoke 'em on and off the track (ayy)
And you love that ho, but me, I put her on her back
You get Drizzy on a track, he'll put you on the map
Oh, it's like that? Hell yeah it's like that (ayy)
And I got a contract, it's a max (ayy)
Since I got in contact, she attached
When I signed my first deal, that shit came through a fax
That should let you know how long I been out here runnin' laps
(I been doin' this for a long time)

Yeah, no friends in the industry
My brothers been my brothers, man
You niggas ain't no kin to me, a fact (whoa)
I was known for snappin' when I chat before the app
Stood on everything I said and never took it back (whoa)
No friends in the industry
I had to draw the line between my brothers and my enemies, a fact
Niggas love to start the beef, don't wanna keep it rap
Yeah, you hit us up and now we owe you something back

(Ayy, what?)
Damn, this shit too dirty, gotta yellow tape it
And I got her waitin' at the telly naked
We ain't drop though, how you niggas celebratin'?
Already disrespecting, something I ain't tolerating
You niggas fuck with me, I give 'em motivation
And your circle shrinkin', see some boys escapin'
Rest of them is guilty by association (ayy, what?)
Fuck debatin' who the G.O.A.T.
Better not make the shit up 'bout the numbers all I know
Better not make the shit up 'bout the summer all I know
Better find you someone else to hit with all that smoke, nigga, yeah
And all them tweets and all them posts
Ain't got the type of time to be playin' with you folk
I had a Richard prior to these niggas, that's the joke
I'm really down to die behind these verses in my notes

Yeah
Yeah
Yeah, brothers been my brothers, man
You niggas ain't no kin and that's a

I could play off the iPod?
Yeah 'cause this a motherfuckin' 2016, baby
I see the way the lights go, on the dashboard
The lights go to the dashboard
That's how you know it's new, ooh

Overall Meaning

In Drake's song "No Friends in the Industry," the rapper opens up about his experiences navigating the music industry and the challenges that come with it. He expresses his loyalty to his true friends, his rejection of fake friendships, and his willingness to stand up for himself and his craft. The lyrics highlight the struggles of maintaining real relationships within an industry that can often feel cold and calculating.


Drake affirms that while he may know some people in the industry, they are not his true friends or "kin." He references how people claim to know him, but they don't really know him beyond his public image. He also mentions his past reputation for being confrontational, but he never backtracked on his words. Drake drew the line between those who are his true "brothers" and those who are just enemies disguised as friends, and he avoids drama and beef.


The song also touches on the challenges of fame and the pressure that comes with it. Drake references how he's had to deal with people who try to bring him down and create drama, but he's not going to engage in it. He recognizes the importance of setting boundaries, and not letting anyone take advantage of him or his talent. The rapper asserts that he's been doing this for a long time, and he's not one to mess with or underestimate.


Line by Line Meaning

No friends in the industry
Drake is realizing that although he is in the music industry and is surrounded by people, he doesn't trust anyone and doesn't have any real friends.


My brothers been my brothers, man
The people that Drake considers to be his brothers are the ones that have been with him from the beginning and have his best interests at heart.


You niggas ain't no kin to me, a fact (whoa)
Drake is emphasizing that just because they are in the same industry, that doesn't make them family or even close friends.


Yeah, you heard about me, you don't know me more than that
People have heard of Drake and his success, but they don't truly know him or have a personal relationship with him.


Yeah, I know, I
Drake is acknowledging that people have heard of him and don't truly know him, but he's not bothered by it.


I was known for snappin' when I chat before the app
Drake has always been known for being a skilled rapper, even before the rise of social media apps like Snapchat.


Stood on everything I said and never took it back (whoa)
Drake is emphasizing that he always stands by his word and doesn't backtrack on anything he says.


I had to draw the line between my brothers and my enemies, a fact
Drake has learned to differentiate between those who are truly looking out for him and those who are trying to bring him down, whether intentionally or unintentionally.


Niggas love to start the beef, don't wanna keep it rap
Drake is frustrated with other artists who start drama and beefs with him but don't want to keep it within the realm of the music industry.


See, when I was young angel but these niggas turned me evil
Drake is acknowledging that he used to be more innocent and pure but the people he has encountered in the industry have made him more defensive and cynical.


Yeah, I know I know you, but you really ain't my people
Although Drake may know of people in the industry or have met them, he doesn't consider them to be his true friends or allies.


Truth be told, I son these niggas, girl, I don't compete with 'em
Drake has outshined many rappers in the industry and doesn't feel the need to compete with those who are below his level of skill and success.


All that linking up, man, I'ma see ya when I see ya
Drake isn't interested in making empty promises to collaborate with other artists, and will only work with those he truly feels a connection to.


And I'm like Sha'Carri, smoke 'em on and off the track (ayy)
Drake has confidence in his skills as a rapper to the extent that he can outperform anyone, just like Sha'Carri Richardson can outrun her opponents on and off the track.


And you love that ho, but me, I put her on her back
Drake is boasting that he is able to seduce women that other men desire and is successful in the bedroom.


You get Drizzy on a track, he'll put you on the map
Drake's feature on another artist's track can bring them more recognition and success.


Since I got in contact, she attached
Drake has many people trying to get in touch with him, and they often become overly attached to him and his success.


When I signed my first deal, that shit came through a fax
Drake has been in the music industry for a long time and is reminiscing about the days when contracts and deals were faxed instead of emailed or signed online.


Rest of them is guilty by association (ayy, what?)/Fuck debatin' who the G.O.A.T.
Drake doesn't feel the need to argue about who is the best in the industry - he knows he is one of the most successful and influential rappers today.


Better not make the shit up 'bout the numbers all I know/Better not make the shit up 'bout the summer all I know
Drake is warning other artists not to spread rumors or make false statements about his numbers or his personal life and experiences, as he knows the truth and will defend himself.


Better find you someone else to hit with all that smoke, nigga, yeah/And all them tweets and all them posts
Drake is telling other rappers to find someone else to start a feud with, as he isn't interested in engaging in useless drama on social media.


I had a Richard prior to these niggas, that's the joke
Drake is emphasizing that he has been wealthy and successful for a long time, and the new wave of rappers who started after him can't compare to his level of experience and fame.


I'm really down to die behind these verses in my notes
Drake is extremely passionate about his craft and is willing to dedicate his life to it, even if it means risking everything for his music.


I could play off the iPod?/Yeah 'cause this a motherfuckin' 2016, baby
Drake is using a bit of humor to show how current and up-to-date he is with technology, as he can play music from his iPod without any difficulty or confusion.


I see the way the lights go, on the dashboard/The lights go to the dashboard/That's how you know it's new, ooh
Drake may be using these lines as filler, or he may be expressing his admiration for new technology and the way it works - specifically, the lights on the dashboard of a car when you start it up.




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group, CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Anderson Hernandez, Aubrey Drake Graham, Paul D. Beauregard, Nik Frascona, Ozan Yildirim, Jordan Houston

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@farwa_asim

No friends in the industry
My brothers been my brothers, man
You niggas ain't no kin to me, a fact (whoa)
Yeah, you heard about me, you don't know me more than that
Yeah, I know, I
Hey, hey, yeah
No friends in the industry
My brothers been my brothers, man
You niggas ain't no kin to me, a fact (whoa)
I was known for snappin' when I chat before the app
Stood on everything I said and never took it back (whoa)
No friends in the industry
I had to draw the line between my brothers and my enemies, a fact
Niggas love to start the beef, don't wanna keep it rap
Yeah, you hit us up and now we owe you something back
See, when I was young angel but these niggas turned me evil
Yeah, I know I know you, but you really ain't my people
Yeah, I heard some people say they know 'em as my equal
Truth be told, I son these niggas, girl, I don't compete with 'em
Ask about The Boy and they gon' say they got the streets with him
Niggas so offensive knowin' they don't have no defense
Why they always act like we can fix it with a meeting?
All that linking up, man, I'ma see ya when I see ya
Yeah
Yeah
Yeah, brothers been my brothers, man
You niggas ain't no kin and that's a fact (ayy)
And I'm like Sha'Carri, smoke 'em on and off the track (ayy)
And you love that ho, but me, I put her on her back
You get Drizzy on a track, he'll put you on the map
Oh, it's like that? Hell yeah it's like that (ayy)
And I got a contract, it's a max (ayy)
Since I got in contact, she attached
When I signed my first deal, that shit came through a fax
That should let you know how long I been out here runnin' laps
(I been doin' this for a long time)
Yeah, no friends in the industry
My brothers been my brothers, man
You niggas ain't no kin to me, a fact (whoa)
I was known for snappin' when I chat before the app
Stood on everything I said and never took it back (whoa)
No friends in the industry
I had to draw the line between my brothers and my enemies, a fact
Niggas love to start the beef, don't wanna keep it rap
Yeah, you hit us up and now we owe you something back
Damn, this shit too dirty, gotta yellow tape it
And I got her waitin' at the telly naked
We ain't drop though, how you niggas celebratin'?
Already disrespecting, something I ain't tolerating
You niggas fuck with me, I give 'em motivation
And your circle shrinkin', see some boys escapin'
Rest of them is guilty by association (ayy, what?)
Fuck debatin' who the G.O.A.T.
Better not make the shit up 'bout the numbers all I know
Better not make the shit up 'bout the summer all I know
Better find you someone else to hit with all that smoke, nigga, yeah
And all them tweets and all them posts
Ain't got the type of time to be playin' with you folk
I had a Richard prior to these niggas, that's the joke
I'm really down to die behind these verses in my notes
Yeah
Yeah
Yeah, brothers been my brothers, man
You niggas ain't no kin and that's a
(I could play off the iPod?
Yeah 'cause this a motherfuckin' 2016, baby
I see the way the lights go, on the dashboard
The lights go to the dashboard
That's how you know it's new, ooh)



All comments from YouTube:

@KRISTIVNBEATZ

This aged just like a fine wine.

@ninethetwotailedfox

xd

@MrEOM41

Drake predicted this fallout w Metro

@andrewcolbeck6500

I’m sayin, they playin like he ain’t got this and back 2 back 🧏🏽‍♂️ old Drizzy coming back

@edwardsmyth5733

Been rocking this for 40 feces now. Drake is our species now.

@juhgfdsapiyhhnnxc3517

No one likes drake he’s just tolerated

@MrEOM41

@@andrewcolbeck6500 big facts 🔥🔥🤷🏽‍♂️

@yuckesh

Drake responded two years ago, bro is ahead of the curve

@animationtv426

EXACTLY
Future sight! imagine if drake dropped this today, kendrick would be DONZO

@animationtv426

also right before young thug went away

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