It's always a good week when new music drops and for fans of Canadian rapper Drake, the week of July 20 was just that. UK rapper Headie One released his song and video for "Only You Freestyle" featuring Drake, and it's caught the attention of social media. Specifically, people are curious to know, what did Drake say in Arabic, since it seems he picked up some of the language for this track.
Drake has been featured on several tracks so far this summer.
July 2020 was a good month for Drake fans and the singer seems to be on a roll in terms of releasing new music. While everyone is still waiting for him to drop a new album himself, which he said he's working on, the 33-year-old has been featured on both a DJ Khaled song and one with Headie One.
The song with DJ Khaled was released on July 16, 2020 on DJ Khaled's VEVO channel on YouTube. The song called "POPSTAR" was released with an audio version of the video only but has already racked up over 3.5 million views.
A few days later, on July 20, the Headie One song featuring Drake was released, and it has a lot of people talking. “Only You Freestyle” with Headie One, who, according to Rolling Stone, is "already enjoying a breakthrough moment thanks to his verse on Young T and Bugsey's "Don't Rush," was released along with a video on YouTube.
"I had to go hard, especially on a track with one of the best drill artists in the world," Drake said about the collaboration, according to a press release. “Scratch that -- the best drill artist in the world."
The song, according to hiphopdx, takes aim at some other rappers, but that's not what everyone is talking about. The big news on Twitter about this song is that Drake speaks in Arabic.
What did Drake say in Arabic?
Drake rapped, "Arabic ting told me that I look like Youssef/Look like Hamza,” in the opening verse of the song with Headie One, but that wasn't all. The site goes on to say that Drake says, "Habibti please/أنا أكيد، إنت وأنا أحلى,” in the song.
"'Habibti' is Arabic for 'My love' and 'أنا أكيد، إنت وأنا أحلى' (pronounced 'ana akeed, inti wa ana ahla') is Arabic for 'I’m certain you and I look better together," hiphopdx translated.
The rap in another language not native for Drake didn't go unnoticed and people on Twitter were having a fun time with it — some saying the pronunciation was wrong and others making memes.
"drake rly be british, canadian, arabic, carribean [sic] and somali all at the same time," one person tweeted.
drake rly be british, canadian, arabic, carribean and somali all at the same time— aisha (@aisha_jama101) July 21, 2020
Drake mispronounced three words in Arabic in a verse and now we won’t hear the end of it 👁👄👁— Hajir | هاجر ♡ (@pointnoirr) July 21, 2020
"Drake mispronounced three words in Arabic in a verse and now we won’t hear the end of it," another said.
Some are joking that Drake wanted to learn some of the language to impress his ex-girlfriend, Rihanna.
"Took Drake 6 months to learn Arabic," one person tweeted.
"Drake’s always sending cryptic messages, it all makes sense now, why this man was spittin’ bars in Arabic lmao," another joked.