By William E. Ketchum III
Drake is from Toronto and Lil Wayne is from New Orleans, but the duo’s new music video pays homage to another region: the West Coast. The music video for “The Motto,” features Drake, Wayne and Young Money rapper Tyga. “Rest in peace Mac Dre, I’ma do it for the Bay,” Drake spits as the likes of E-40 and Mistah FAB look on in the background.
The song, which takes aesthetic cues from the Bay Area’s hyphy movement, is an iTunes bonus cut from Drake’s latest album Take Care, which was recently certified platinum and featured on RapFix’s 5 Best Hip-Hop Albums of the year list. Previous music videos from the album include “Marvin’s Room” and “Headlines,” which were both released before the disc hit stores in November.
“The Motto” originally turned some heads with lyrics directed at Uncle Luke. The former 2 Live Crew member issued a warning for Wayne and “his Cash Money Brothers” to give back to the Miami community they enjoy, or “have their Miami cards revoked.” In return, Drake quipped, “Tell Uncle Luke I’m out in Miami too/Clubbin’ hard, f---in’ women, there ain’t much to do/Wrist bling, got a condo up in Biscayne…ain’t sh—change.” The rebuttals didn’t continue afterward, though.
Drake told MTV News that he also plans to shoot a music video for the Rihanna-featured title track. "It's a project where I think visuals are called for, for a lot of those records," Drake said of his sophomore album. "So we're working on definitely the "Take Care" video, which we're trying to get shot soon and a couple of other ones, too, off the album."