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Drake Family Matters Meaning and Review 

Updated: May 5

Drake Family Matters Diss Track Review 

Drake's latest entry into the ongoing battle with Kendrick Lamar, "Family Matters," is a scorched-earth assault that spares no one.  With pinpoint production and shockingly personal attacks, the track is thrilling but deeply unsettling, reflecting the dark and potentially destructive turn this feud has taken.

Kendrick in the Crosshairs

Drake's focus on Kendrick is relentless and merciless. From accusations of domestic abuse to digs about ghostwriting and infidelity, Drake aims to wound K-Dot on multiple fronts. The repeated use of the n-word is a particularly incendiary tactic, designed to challenge Kendrick's authority. The severity of these attacks suggests a level of vitriol that goes far beyond playful competition.

Taking Swipes at the Industry

While a significant portion of the track is dedicated to eviscerating Kendrick, Drake also takes aim at various figures in hip-hop. Shots fired at Metro Boomin, Future, Rick Ross, and others feel more like scattershot attempts to inflict damage rather than focused critiques.  This broad approach makes Drake seem less like a skilled marksman and more like someone desperately aiming to hit whatever he can.

Musical Choices

The track's deliberate beat switches and focused production serve the intensity of Drake's lyrics. There's a calculated feel to the track, each segment carefully constructed to escalate the tension. Whether or not the constant back-and-forth diss tracks are a cleverly orchestrated marketing collaboration, the sheer level of venom in "Family Matters" hints at genuine animosity between the two artists.

The Fallout

"Family Matters" serves as a stark reminder of the destructive potential of hip-hop beefs. The brutal personal attacks risk dividing fans and tarnishing both artists' reputations. Drake's willingness to cross seemingly uncrossable lines raises the stakes and guarantees a destructive response from Kendrick, perpetuating a cycle that could have lasting negative consequences across the music industry.

Final Thoughts

While "Family Matters" undoubtedly delivers the shock factor and raw energy expected with a high-profile hip-hop battle, it makes for uncomfortable listening. The extreme nature of the attacks makes me question where artistry ends and harmful personal vendettas begin. This track highlights the danger of diss tracks spiraling out of control and leaves one wondering if any of it is truly worth it.

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What Is The Meaning Of Drake Family Matters?

The meaning of "Family Matters" by Drake is a complicated tapestry of vicious personal attacks, industry-wide insults, and a reflection on the destructive power of hip-hop feuds. On this diss track, Drake abandons all pretense of respect or fair play. He unleashes a barrage of accusations against Kendrick Lamar, ranging from domestic abuse allegations to critiques of his artistic integrity. Drake's relentless assault raises questions about whether this is merely musical competition or a deeply damaging form of personal warfare.

Drake Family Matters Lyrics Explained

Part 1

  • Opening Salvo: Drake wastes no time, addressing Kendrick directly with the repeated use of the n-word. It's a calculated tactic to provoke Kendrick and assert dominance. He frames the diss track as a justified response to Kendrick's actions ("you mentioned my seed") and declares his intention to go scorched-earth ("I gotta go bad").

  • Shots at Kendrick's Gangster Image: Drake mocks Kendrick's street credibility ("civilian gang") and name-drops genuine gang members to contrast Kendrick's "soft" image. He implies Kendrick is all talk, not action.

  • Metro Boomin/Relationship Drama: Drake links Kendrick's alleged hypocrisy about infidelity with Metro Boomin's actions, painting them both as cheaters.

  • Activism as Performance: He accuses Kendrick's social justice stance of being disingenuous, aimed at attention rather than real change.

  • Drake's Love Life/Kendrick's Personal Life: Drake boasts about his history with women of all backgrounds, suggesting insecurity on Kendrick's part. He attacks Kendrick's relationship with Whitney Alford and his role as a father, hitting way below the belt.

  • Dave Free Accusation: The most shocking line is Drake's suggestion that Dave Free (Kendrick's manager and close friend) might be the father of one of Whitney's children. It's deliberately crafted to inflict maximum pain and sow discord.

  • The Weeknd Diss: Drake references The Weeknd dissing him on "Lost in the Fire," implying it stung Kendrick, a close collaborator of The Weeknd.

Part 2

  • Drake's Shooters vs. Kendrick's Camp: Drake mocks Kendrick's crew, suggesting he'd be safe amongst Drake's shooters who are far more dangerous.

  • Souvenir / Out-of-Touch: He continues belittling Kendrick, painting him as irrelevant and out of touch with the hip-hop scene.

  • Financial Flex / Rick Ross Diss: Drake uses his financial success to insult Kendrick and simultaneously throws Rick Ross in the firing line, referencing their past feuds.

  • Drake's Influence / Team Shots: He boasts about his power, implying he can elevate or destroy careers at will. He threatens to expose more industry figures ("Who's next on the list?"), suggesting the attack is far from over.

  • Kendrick's Success = Weeknd Collab: Drake discredits Kendrick's success, attributing it to Baby Keem's contributions. He insults Kendrick's musical abilities and his fanbase.

  • Rick Ross Diss, Round 2: Drake expands his diss towards Rick Ross, using racially charged imagery. He references murder and his legal team to imply a further escalating battle.

Part 3

  • Mocking Kendrick's Response: Drake sarcastically offers Kendrick a Grammy, implying his response will be weak. He then shifts focus to dissing Kendrick's family and mentors.

  • Pharrell / Tupac Estate Diss: Drake alleges Kendrick is a hypocrite, criticizing Pharrell but begging the Tupac estate to sue Drake, a reference to his earlier use of a Tupac AI vocal imitation.

  • Losses and Legacy: He continues to pile-on accusations of failures from Kendrick's past, targeting his personal life, family, finances and loyalty of his collaborators.

  • The Boy / Video Proof: Drake boasts that his success fueled Kendrick's recent chart position and references alleged video evidence that could further hurt Kendrick's image.

  • Colorism Accusation: Drake tackles a sensitive topic: colorism within the Black community. He implies Kendrick harbors insecurities about his complexion and favors lighter-skinned partners.

  • Domestic Abuse Allegation / Mike Tyson Reference: Drake escalates things to the extreme, accusing Kendrick of domestic abuse. The Mike Tyson reference further insinuates a history of violence.

  • Final Insults / Delilah Flex: Drake claims victory, insinuating that Kendrick's personal life is in shambles. He ends by bragging about his wealth and lifestyle, contrasting it with Kendrick's alleged turmoil.

The lyrics of Family Matters are brutal, personal, and full of shocking accusations. Drake is relentless, aiming to wound Kendrick professionally and personally. The track highlights the destructive potential of diss tracks when they get this vicious.

Drake Family Matters Lyrics 

[Part I]

[Intro: Drake & Sandra Graham]

Maybe in this song, you shouldn't start by saying

Nigga, I said it, I know that you mad

I've emptied the clip over friendlier jabs

You mentioned my seed, now deal with his dad

I gotta go bad, I gotta go bad


Mmm, mmm, yeah

Drop, drop, drop, drop

Drop a fifty bag for the mob in the spot

Drop a fifty bag, twenty-nine for the thot

Uh, I was really, really tryna keep it PG

I was really, really tryna keep it PG


If you had a set, they'd give your ass a DP

But you civilian gang, in real life, you PC

You know who really bang a set? My nigga YG

You know who really bang a set? My nigga Chuck T

You know who even bang a set out there is CB

And, nigga, Cole losin' sleep on this, it ain't me

You better have some paperwork or that shit fakе tea

Can't be rappin' 'bout no rattin' that we can't rеad

I mean it's true a nigga slimed me for my AP

Just like how Metro nigga slimed him for his main squeeze

Out here beggin' for attention, nigga, say please

Always rappin' like you 'bout to get the slaves freed

You just actin' like an activist, it's make-believe

Don't even go back to your hood and plant no money trees

Say you hate the girls I fuck, but what you really mean?

I been with Black and white and everything that's in between

You the Black messiah wifin' up a mixed queen

And hit vanilla cream to help out with your self-esteem

On some Bobby shit, I wanna know what Whitney need

All that puppy love was over in y'all late teens

Why you never hold your son and tell him, "Say cheese?"

We could've left the kids out of this, don't blame me

You a dog and you know it, you just play sweet

Your baby mama captions always screamin', "Save me"

You did her dirty all her life, you tryna make peace

I heard that one of them little kids might be Dave Free

Don't make it Dave Free's

'Cause if your GM is your BM secret BD

Then this is all makin' plenty fuckin' sense to me

Ayy, let that shorty breathe

Shake that ass, bitch, hands on your knees

Hands on your knees, hands on your knees

Shake that ass for Drake, now shake that ass for free

Yeah, yeah

Well not that kind of free, I'm talkin' 'bout my nigga Dave

Your man a lil' K, we call that shit a mini Drac'

He always said I overlooked him, I was starin' straight

These bars go over Kenny head no matter what I say

I know you like to keep it short, so let me paraphrase

Knew it was smoke when Abel hit us with the serenade

Nigga said, "Uh, uh"

Almost started reachin' for my waist


Drop, drop, drop, drop

Drop a fifty bag for the mob in the spot

Drop a fifty bag, twenty-nine for the thot

Uh, I was really, really tryna keep it—

[Part II]



Let me stop playin' around, let me take this shit serious, like

Niggas is a joke, I take it serious, though

Yeah, look


If Drake shooters doing TikToks, nigga

Realest shooter in your gang, that's P's brother, y'all ain't getting shit shot, nigga

Can't listen to the stick talk in falsetto, save it for a hip-hop nigga

You don't even be at home, dog, you a souvenir-out-the-gift-shop nigga

Still mad about that one ho, we ain't even fuck, I just lip-locked with her

I get active when it's war time, I ain't even really let my dick drop, nigga

What the fuck I heard Rick drop, nigga?

Talkin' somethin' 'bout a nose job, nigga

Ozempic got a side effect of jealousy and doctor never told y'all niggas

Put a nigga in the bars, let a nigga rot, kind of like your old job, nigga

House sittin' on some land, but it's out where no one even really know y'all niggas

Bitches gotta drive two hours 'fore you pay 'em just to give a blowjob, nigga

Must've snorted up a snowball

'Cause my last record deal was four hundred M's, these days, that's a low ball, nigga


Who's next on the list?

Which one of my so-called niggas

Which one of my so-called niggas

Which one of my so-called niggas need a shell from the clip?

Always knew I had to smoke y'all niggas

Good kid, m.A.A.d city van, we'll pop the latch and let the door slide

Tears runnin' down my cheek, laughin' at you pussies dyin', it's a war cry

Weeknd music gettin' played in all the spots where boys got a little more pride

That's why all your friends dippin' to Atlanta, payin' just to find a tour guide

Abel, run your fucking bread, need to buy some more chains for some more guys

Let me find another street nigga I can take to the game courtside

Let me get a used Ferrari for a rapper, take the nigga on a horse ride

Anything to take the spotlight off the fact the boss is a drugged-out lil' punk sissy from the Northside

Rakim talkin' shit again

Gassed 'cause you hit my BM first, nigga, do the math, who I was hittin' then?

I ain't even know you rapped still 'cause they only talkin' 'bout your 'fit again

Probably gotta have a kid again 'fore you think of droppin' any shit again

Even when you do drop, they gon' say you should've modeled 'cause it's mid again

Smokin' Fenty 'bout it, should've put you on the first one, tryna get it in

Ask Fring if this a good idea the next time you cuddled in that bed again

She'll even tell you leave the boy alone 'fore you get your head split again

Pluto shit make me sick to my stomach, we ain't never really been through it

Leland Wayne, he a fuckin' lame, so I know he had to be an influence

These niggas had a plan and they finally found a way to rope you into it

Two separate albums dissin', I just did a Kim to it, nigga, skim through it

Me and Savage had the hoes drippin' wet at shows, almost had to swim to it

K-Dot shit is only hittin' hard when Baby Keem put his pen to it

Ross callin' me the white boy and the shit kind of got a ring to it

'Cause all these rappers wavin' white flags while the whole fuckin' club sing to it

Murder scene on your man tonight, then come to the vigil with the candlelight

Body after fuckin' body and you know Rick readin' my Miranda rights

I'm goin' on vacation now, hope next time, y'all plan it right

'Cause you gotta pay for saying my name, guess now niggas understand the price

Nigga, what? (6ix)

[Part III]



Kendrick just opened his mouth, someone go hand him a Grammy right now

Where is your uncle at? 'Cause I wanna talk to the man of the house

West Coast niggas do fades, right? Come get this ass whoopin', I'm handin' 'em out

You wanna take up for Pharrell? Then come get his legacy out of my house

A cease and desist is for hoes, can't listen to lies that come out of your mouth

You called the Tupac estate and begged 'em to sue me and get that shit down

I'm losin' perspective on beef, Boi-1da send beat and I'll kill you for fun

Your daddy got robbed by Top, you Stunna and Wayne, like father, like son

Anthony set up the plays, Kojo be chargin' you double for nothin'

They shook about what I'ma say, but textin' your phone like, "We already won"

You tell me what I shouldn't say, but fuck it, my nigga, it's already done

We already know it's a twenty-v-one, we already know why you went number one

It's clearly because of The Boy, the honorable thing is to give me the loot

You right about "Fuck the big three," it's only Big D and there's video proof

Our sons should go play at the park, two lightskin kids, that shit would be cute

Unless you don't want to be seen with anyone that isn't Blacker than you

We get it, we got it

The blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice

We get that you like to put gin in your juice

We get that you think that you Bishop in Juice

When you put your hands on your girl, is it self-defense 'cause she bigger than you?

Your back is up against the curb, you diggin' for dirt, should be diggin' for proof

Why did you move to New York? Is it 'cause you livin' that bachelor life?

Proposed in 2015, but don't wanna make her your actual wife

I'm guessin' this wedding ain't happenin', right?

'Cause we know the girls that you actually like

Your darkest secrets are comin' to light

It's all on your face like what happened to Mike

Oh shit, it's all making sense, maybe I'm Prince and you actually Mike

Michael was prayin' his features would change so people believe that he's actually white

Top would make you do features for change, get on pop records and rap for the whites

And wait, you say your brother Jermaine, but you wanted him to stay out of the light

Oh shit, just follow me, right? 'Cause nothin' you sayin' could bother me, right?

I get off the plane and nothing has changed, I head to Delilah with all of my ice

Head to Delilah with all of my ice, head to Delilah with all of my ice

This shit gotta be over by now for anyone out here that's calling it, right?

You're dead, you're dead, you're dead

There's nowhere to hide, there's nowhere to hide, you know what I mean

They hired a crisis management team to clean up the fact that you beat on your queen

The picture you painted ain't what it seem, you're dead


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