The next lady he mentions, Nadia Edwards, is a known former love interest. In "Deceiving," off Comeback Season, Drake mentions Nadia's father, Mr. Edwards, saying, "I tried to save your daughter." He also raps: "Funny to think I would've white-gowned you." It was clearly young love. In 2009, an unsigned Drake guested on fellow Toronto rapper Big Page's "I'm So Fly," and Nadia is the main girl in the video. Years before that, Nadia starred in the video for Mario's "Let Me Love You."
As we near the end of the letter, Drake begins using Jamaican slang, as he's been known to do lately. He reaches out to all the "waste cyatties," or, loosely translated, side-chicks, worldwide. I'm sure Drake had a few of those during the making of the mixtape. Don't they deserve a shoutout?
He then reps all his "skoolys in yaad," his homies in Jamaica, including dancehall superstar Popcaan, who's album, Where We Come From, we've still got on heavy rotation. Unruly is Popcaan's personal brand, and "Unruly Rave" is one of his biggest hits. The video to "Unruly Rave" was shot in Toronto and directed by Niko of OVO.
Grizzly B aka Grizzle Bear and the DJ Chromatic are also members of Popcaan's Unruly crew. Other Kingston badmen are the Young Vibez Production (YVP) and dancehall artists Aidonia and Cha Ching, or Chi Ching Ching.
In his final paragraph, he brings it back to OVO, repeating many of the names he listed at the beginning. The OVO producer he mentions last is frequent Boi-1da co-collaborator Vinylz, who does two beats on If You're Reading This...
Kenza is a Toronto poet who helped write "Connect," off NWTS.
He then goes from people to hotels; his favorites are the Hazleton Hotel in Toronto and The New York Palace. He calls his home studio the Sandra Gale Studio--the room in The Yolo Estate he spends the most time in.
Drake was rumored to be dating Zoe Kravitz, daughter of Lenny and actress Lisa Bonet. Though he denies any romantic affiliation, she clearly remains an inspiration to his music.
One of the most exciting producers on the project is Toronto's Wondagurl, who, at age 17, has already produced hits for Jay Z and French Montana. Wondagurl produced two tracks on If You're Reading This..., one alongside Travi$ Scott, who Drake also thanks. Amir Obie is another young producer who gets a spot on the mixtape, and newly signed OVO kid Jimmy Prime also earns a shoutout.
The last group of names in the note are mainly inspirational figures for Drake. There's Riff Raff(who lends an intro to "Used To") and Houston DJs DJ Eric and Big Tho, UK grime legend Skepta, Chief Keef, Karim, who directed the "Jungle" short film, Madonna, who he names a song after, and, lastly, 90s r&b playboy Ginuwine.
Whew, a helluva lot of people helped Drizzy make If You're Reading This It's Too Late. It is, after all, very good.
We hope you enjoyed stalking rap's biggest star as much as we have. Of course, there are several names sprinkled throughout the letter that were nowhere to be found on the Internet. If you know anything about these mysterious figures, please help us out in the comments.