By the time Baltimore woke up Friday, Drake had dropped us into the middle of the ocean.
The superstar rap artist calls out Baltimore, oh so casually, in his latest track destined to be a Drizzy classic.
“Middle of the Ocean” from Her Loss, a new release from Drake and 21 Savage, name drops millionaires, a tennis star and our very own favorite NFL team (plus a nemesis).
Here’s the verse:
“Big Benjamins like the Pittsburgh Steelers
Drake you got it
Robert Kraft sent the jet for us, that [expletive] was patriotic
You would think we live in Baltimore, the way they Raven ‘bout the latest product.”
The Baltimore Ravens wasted no time in calling attention to the shout out. The team posted a picture on social media of their latest acquisition, the twice All-Pro inside linebacker Roquan Smith. “The product,” if you will.
The team made the trade on Monday and by Friday, it’s in a rap song.
That’s certainly winning.
Of course the team already has its own Drake — Kenyan Drake, the Ravens running back who’s been rushing for the goal line and scoring TDs. No need to toss him into the ocean.
Drake also labels tennis legend Serena Williams’ husband, Reddit co-founder and Columbia native Alexis Ohanian, a “groupie” with the line, “Sidebar, Serena, your husband a groupie.”
Williams has yet to respond publicly.
Baltimore fans reacted to the Drake drop with some serious analysis, including his pronunciation of the city’s name. “Drake pronounces Baltimore so well, added a capital T when he said it,” wrote fan @twizraj on Twitter.
That’s one way to put some respect on it. (We hope our own native rapper Rye Rye got hers too.)