One year, two months, and eighteen days after the release of Take Care, the Patron saint of Toronto eyebrow-swag, Mr. Aubrey Drizzy Fluffy Sweater Drake, dropped the first single from his forthcoming album over the weekend. “Started From The Bottom” is produced by OVO in-house beatmaker Mike Zombie, and lyrically, Drake makes a bold statement on his much-scrutinized past:
“Started from the bottom now we’re here / Started from the bottom now my whole team fucking here.”
Drake released the track on his website on Saturday, along with a blog entry where he explains that “people don’t have enough information about [his] beginnings and therefore they make up a life story for [him] that isn’t consistent with actual events.”
The release didn’t benefit from any real promotion (aside from the billboard you see in the header image above), but that didn’t stop hundreds of staunchly opinionated micro-bloggers from taking an unapologetic stance on Drake’s message about his rise to the top. As one Twitter user points out, maybe Drake DID start from the bottom: the bottom of the upper-middle class in Forest Hill, one of Toronto’s most affluent neighbourhoods.
We were curious as to what the buzz on Twitter was like following the release of “Started From The Bottom,” so we simply ran a keyword search for “Drake,” “Forest Hill,” and “Wheelchair.” Surprise: Twitter is equally furious AND incredulous. Here are 20 Twitter reactions to Drake’s “Started From The Bottom.”
And uhhhhhh @drake AKA wheelchair jimmy AKA middle class Jewish Canadian….how he gon say “WE STARTED FROM THE BOTTOM”????
— The Hip Hop Guru (@HipHopsGuru) February 2, 2013
Walking off the set of your fake high school out of ur fake wheelchair. Drake’s Struggle from the bottom
— Lorenzo Lamas (@HighRezTKTK) February 3, 2013
Drake Aint “Start From The Bottom” He Was On Degrassi Then Left To Be A Rapper & Blew Up After Less Than 5 Years. He Ont Know The Struggle
— Tim •Frankie• Savage (@ElPretty_Flacko) February 3, 2013
How’s drake gonna say started from the bottom when dude was on degrassi at like 16 probly making hella cash lol
— T-Steaketh (@TSTEAKS) February 3, 2013
drake did not start from the bottom dawg, he started from degrassi. smh.
— ✞ (@shaneaveli) February 4, 2013
How can Drake have started from the bottom when he was on DeGrassi? The closest he got to the bottom was when he was in that wheelchair.GTFO
— SHUGG (@basicdetector) February 3, 2013
Did Drake really start from the bottom? Degrassi doesn’t sound like the bottom.#peopleoftenforget
— RiCEY ROZAY (@VikkyRozay) February 3, 2013
@drake There are people with no food in their fridge & your Degrassi-bred ass has the nerve to say you started from the bottom? Fuck you.
— Puff (@tunagalore) February 3, 2013
Drake, you did not start from the bottom. You started in Degrassi you lying prick.
— Kaotic Steel(@eatshitalfy) February 2, 2013
Drake said he “started from the bottom”. he started with Degrassi, so what does that say for me, i’m in hell or something life sux
— Giovanni R. Tirado⚡ (@6gooniesndawhip) February 3, 2013
Is Drake really tryna say he started from the bottom ? Didn’t know Forest Hill was a slum now a days…
— Iris Maria (@IrissMariaa) February 3, 2013
You grew up in forest hill Toronto a wealthy neighbourhood and you were a cripple in a television series @drake. Started from the bottom???
— mi✗✗ael (@mikeytrafficKC) February 3, 2013
Drake is from Forest Hill… He didn’t start from the bottom.. He already had his foot in the door #sideeye
— Tonii Antoinette(@ToniiAntoinette) February 3, 2013
If drake is insinuating that the bottom is living in forest hill he needs a reality check #degrassi
— CoolHandLuca$ (@koen_head) February 2, 2013
#FYI drake didnt start from the bottom. I drive past Forest Hill everyday if that’s the bottom then Woodbridge is Compton, California
— Vincé ▲ (@Ah_veecii) February 2, 2013
Drake isn’t even from the ghetto side of Toronto he is from Forest hill so he started from the middle .
— queen Bey(@EyeAmTarwah) February 2, 2013
Drake is really on one for thinking forest hill the bottom… nigga must be eating mollies for breakfast or somethin
— Mohamed (@wisdomisriches) February 4, 2013
Drake’s Song “Started From The Bottom” Is Just A Pure Lie. Anyone From Toronto Knows He Lived In A Rich Ass Neighborhood In Forest Hill.
— Indie Vibes OTC✌☮☯ (@NephilimHippie) February 3, 2013
Drake says he “started from the bottom now we here”, but you started in Forest Hill. Our perception of “bottom” is a little different
— George Vidinovski (@vidin21) February 3, 2013
Drake “started from the bottom”. Bottom of the upper middle class in Forest Hill. Lol
— Gustavo Fring (@Don_Millz_) February 2, 2013
In other Drizzy-related Twitter news, “Drake’s Eyebrows” is still trending globally, as always:
i love drake’s eyebrows so much i just wanna sleep in them \(*ﾟ▽ﾟ*)/
— shiranai (@saccadicsushi) February 4, 2013
I will forever say Drake looks like a thumb with eyebrows .
— Du$ty Hoe Inspector (@Kidd_Abstract) February 3, 2013
Drake eyebrows can jump start a car.
— Yung Gunn 2 Raw (@YungGunn2Raw) February 2, 2013
I’m bout to catfish Drake’s eyebrows.
— Candice Thompson (@jokesbyCandice) January 31, 2013
This is drake with no eyebrows.. Pahahahah I can’t even… I’m donetwitter.com/jodie_amor/sta…
— Jodie Amor (@jodie_amor) January 28, 2013
Controversy aside, there’s no denying that “Started From The Bottom” bangs. I think I speak for all of Toronto (and especially those in the many mansions of Forest Hill) when I say that it’s good to have Drake, and his caterpillar eyebrows, back.