Song of the Day #3,689: ‘I’m Upset’ – Drake

My second week of ‘What the Kids are Listening to’ ends as the first week began, with a Drake song. ‘I’m Upset’ is the second single from Drake’s Scorpion and his fifth song in the top 16 of the latest Billboard Hot 100 chart.

This is a better video than song. Directed by Canadian filmmaker Karena Evans, who also helmed the great videos for ‘God’s Plan‘ and ‘Nice For What,’ the short film revisits the cast of the Canadian teen drama Degrassi at a high school reunion.

Drake, of course, appeared on Degrassi: The Next Generation as a basketball player who winds up in a wheelchair after being injured in a school shooting. I have never seen a single episode of the series, so I don’t recognize any of the actors who reprise their roles for this video, but I’m sure it’s a nostalgic blast for fans of the show.

I do recognize Jay and Silent Bob (portrayed by Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith), who apparently did a multi-episode stint on Degrassi at some point.

[Intro]
Yeah
I’m workin’ on dyin’

[Chorus]
I’m upset
Fifty thousand on my head, it’s disrespect
So offended that I had to double check
I’ma always take the money over sex
That’s why they need me out the way, what you expect?

[Verse 1]
Got a lot of blood and it’s cold
They keep tryna get me for my soul
Thankful for the women that I know
Can’t go fifty-fifty with no ho
Every month
I’m supposed to pay her bills and get her what she want
I still got like seven years of doin’ what I want
My dad still got child support from 1991
Outta town, people love to pop a lot of shit then come around
Word to Flacko Jodye, he done seen us put it down
Niggas askin’ if I’m cool

[Chorus]
I’m upset
Hunnid thousand on my head, it’s disrespect
So offended that I had to double check

[Verse 2]
You tryna check?
This is real life, niggas think we playin’ chess
So what’s next?
Jump up out the bed like I’m possessed
I go out on tour and I say I’m drinkin’ less
End up gettin’ loose and gettin’ pictures from my ex
SMS, triple X
That’s the only time I ever shoot below the neck (skrr)
Why you keep on shootin’ if you know that nigga dead? (skrr)
That’s the only kind of shit that gets you some respect

[Refrain]
Got a lot of blood and it’s cold
They keep tryna get me for my soul (for my soul)
Thankful for the women that I know
Can’t go fifty-fifty with no hoe (ayy, ayy)
Every month
She don’t even love me, she just puttin’ on a front (front)
She gon’ try and settle outta court and make a run
Then gon’ ask me how I’m doin’?

[Chorus]
I’m upset
Half a million on my head I can accept, yeah
‘Least it makes me feel like someone tried their best, yeah
Want to waste a half a million, be my guest
Made me wanna buy a vest and a TEC (skrr)
But I’m blessed, I just checked
Hate me, never met me in the flesh
Said she’s got some things she gotta come here and collect
That shit is in a box to the left, to the left

[Outro]
Got a lot of blood and it’s cold
They keep tryna get me for my soul (for my soul)
Thankful for the women that I know (that I know)
Can’t go fifty-fifty with no ho

One thought on “Song of the Day #3,689: ‘I’m Upset’ – Drake

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I get the whole argument that Black people have a right to take ownership of the N word, but it still makes me uncomfortable to hear it sprayed all over an otherwise apolitical pop song. Also, how exactly is it okay, especially nowadays, for Drake to still call women a “ho?”

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