Drake Recalls Writing For Dr. Dre On "For All The Dogs" Track "Away From Home"

"My mama was my manager, my uncle was my agent / Dr. Dre’ll send a n***a home, that took patience," he rapped on the cut.

BYGabriel Bras Nevares
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Fans are still unpacking new details from Drake's recently released album, For All The Dogs, whether it's lyrical nods or production nuances. A couple of bars on the album that seem like any other come-up story, though, actually have a lot of context. The reference in question appears on the project's penultimate cut, "Away From Home," and is about Drizzy's time writing for Dr. Dre. "My life like ‘The Matrix’ / Even got on 106 & Park with 'Replacement,'" he rapped on the cut. "My mama was my manager, my uncle was my agent / Dr. Dre’ll send a n***a home, that took patience."

While this might seem like an innocuous reference, the deeper history behind this connection relates to a 2016 interview. In it, Drake spoke to author John Seabrook, who had published a book titled The Song Machine: Inside The Hit Factory. Furthermore, their conversation covered a breadth of topics, but centered around the Toronto titan's time being a songwriter for the legendary Californian. Apparently, these sessions date back to when he was about 19 years old, so around 2005. As such, this is a fascinating insight into the 36-year-old's early career phases.

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"It was some of the most strenuous, militant s**t I’ve ever done,” Drake told Seabrook of his experience writing for Dr. Dre. “But no useable songs came out of it. When I think of how he worked us, it’s no wonder he didn’t get anything out of it. It was just writers in a room churning out product all day long." With that context in mind, it's understandable why he would say that the process "took patience." It's a bit of a negative picture of the process, but it's not like the Beats businessman has been shy about his difficult creative process and its shifts in the past.

Meanwhile, there are a whole lot of writers that contributed to For All The Dogs, excluding its features. If anyone knows how stressful and difficult the process of writing a hit can be these days, it's Aubrey Graham. Hard work in that department clearly pays off, though, and it's at the core of artistry everywhere. For more news and the latest updates on Drake and Dr. Dre, come back to HNHH.

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Gabriel Bras Nevares is a music and pop culture news writer for HotNewHipHop. He started in 2022 as a weekend writer and, since joining the team full-time, has developed a strong knowledge in hip-hop news and releases. Whether it’s regular coverage or occasional interviews and album reviews, he continues to search for the most relevant news for his audience and find the best new releases in the genre. What excites him the most is finding pop culture stories of interest, as well as a deeper passion for the art form of hip-hop and its contemporary output. Specifically, Gabriel enjoys the fringes of rap music: the experimental, boundary-pushing, and raw alternatives to the mainstream sound. As a proud native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also stays up-to-date with the archipelago’s local scene and its biggest musical exponents in reggaetón, salsa, indie, and beyond. Before working at HotNewHipHop, Gabriel produced multiple short documentaries, artist interviews, venue spotlights, and audio podcasts on a variety of genres and musical figures. Hardcore punk and Go-go music defined much of his coverage during his time at the George Washington University in D.C. His favorite hip-hop artists working today are Tyler, The Creator, Boldy James, JPEGMAFIA, and Earl Sweatshirt.