Nice For What - Drake ft. Lauryn Hill and Big Freedia




The Experience: Why won't you live for me? What do you have to do to get love in return... what do you do when there's no love to be had...

Music video: Nice For What shifts back and forth between Drake and a series of woman celebrities credited at the end of the video, just like the lyrics shift back and forth between Drake and a sample of Lauryn Hill's song Ex-Factor. The goal is to highlight skill, grit, success, courage... but before the credits start to roll, Michelle Rodriguez' bleak stare raises the question: where is the happiness?

The Meaning of Nice For What: The song describes a hard working woman -  workin' hard, girl, everything paid for first, last phone bill, car note, cable - who finally makes it - you gotta hunnid bands you got a baby Benz. But she doesn't find any love - why won't you live for me? She tries to work her image - hit them angles. She tries offering sex - you really pipin' up. But she's nice for what? For nothing. Nothing gets her someone who will cry for me, live for me, die for me. And instead of affirming her thirst for something more, for something deeper... Drake tells her to settle - it's alright it's a short life.

Ask yourself: Do let your deepest yearnings die because they don't come easy?

Album: - (2017)

LYRICS:


[Big Freedia]
I wanna know who m-th-f-ckin' representin' in here tonight
Hold on, hold on

[Lauryn Hill]
I keep lettin' you back in
How can I explain myself?

[Lauryn Hill (Drake)]
Care for me, care for me
You said you'd care for me
There for me, there for me (Louisiana sh-t)
Said you'd be there for me
Cry for me, cry for me (Murda on the beat)
You said you'd die for me
Give to me, give to me
Why won't you live for me?
I keep letting you back in
How can I explain myself?
Care for me, care for me
I know you care for me
There for me, there for me
(A song for y'all to cut up to, you know?)
Said you'd be there for me
Cry for me, cry for me (Yeah)
You said you'd die for me
Give to me, give to me
Why won't you live for me?

[Drake]
Everybody get your m-th-f-ckin' roll on
I know shorty and she doesn't want no slow song
Had a man last year, life goes on
Haven't let that thing loose, girl, in so long
You been inside, know you like to lay low
I've been peepin' what you bringin' to the table
Workin' hard, girl, everything paid for
First, last phone bill, car note, cable

With your phone out, gotta hit them angles
With your phone out, snappin' like you Fabo
And you showin' off, but it's alright
And you showin' off, but it's alright
It's a short life, yeah

[Lauryn Hill]
Care for me, care for me
You said you'd care for me
There for me, there for me
Said you'd be there for me
Cry for me, cry for me
You said you'd die for me
Give to me, give to me
Why won't you live for me?

[Drake]
That's a real one, in your reflection
Without a follow, without a mention
You really pipin' up on these n-gg-s
You gotta be nice, for what to these n-gg-s
I understand, you gotta hunnid bands
You got a baby Benz
You got some bad friends
High school pics, you was even bad then
You ain't stressin' off no lover in the past tense
You already had them
Work at 8 a.m., finish 'round five
H-es talk down, you don't see 'em outside
Yeah, they don't really be the same offline
You know dark days, you know hard times
Doin' overtime for the last month
Saturday, call the girls, get 'em gassed up
Gotta hit the club, gotta make that -ss jump

[Drake]
Gotta hit the club like you hit them m-th-f-ckin' angles
With your phone out, snappin' like you Fabo
And you showin' off, but it's alright
And you showin' off, but it's alright
It's a short life, yuh

[Big Freedia]
These h-es
Your boy
I may
Watch the breakdown

[Lauryn Hill]
Care for me, care for me!
You said you'd care for me!
There for me, there for me!
Said you'd be there for me!
Cry for me, cry for me!
You said you'd die for me!
Give to me, give to me!
Why won't you live for me?!

[Drake]
Gotta make that jump
Gotta make that
Gotta, gotta make that
Gotta make that jump
Gotta make that
Gotta, gotta make that
Gotta, gotta, gotta g-g-gotta
G-g-gotta, gotta
Gotta, g-g-gotta, gotta
Gotta make that jump, jump
Let's go
Bend it over, lift it up
Bend it over, lift it up
Make that jump, jump
Bend it over, lift it up
Bend it over, lift it up
Make that jump, jump
Bend it over, over, over, over, over
Lift it up
Make that jump, jump
Bend it over, lift it up
Make that jump, jump
Bend it over, lift it up
Make that jump, jump

That's a real one, in your reflection
Without a follow, without a mention
You rarely pipin' up on these n-gg-s
You gotta be nice for what to these n-gg-s
I understand

[Lauryn Hill]
Care for me, care for me
You said you'd care for me
There for me, there for me
Said you'd be there for me
Cry for me, cry for me
You said you'd die for me
Give to me, give to me
Why won't you live for me?

[Drake]
Gotta hit the club like you hit them, hit them, hit them angles
It's a short life, yeah

[Lauryn Hill]
Cry for me, cry for me
You said you'd die for me
Give to me, give to me
Why won't you live for me?


review by Benjamin O'Loughlin
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