Every so often I come across a TV series that I become addicted to. My latest addiction? ‘Insecure’.
For at least the past month, every Sunday I would see various people on my Twitter timeline using the hashtag #InsecureHBO. The commentary definitely left me interested and finally I had to see what the “hype” was about. So last week during Thanksgiving break I binge watched the first seven episodes and literally ten minutes into episode one, I was hooked.
Prior to me watching, I was told that I’d like the show because the star and creator of the show, Issa Rae, is a big Drake fan and there’s various Drake references included. To those who told me that, thank you, because you were definitely right. As soon as I heard the first Drake reference in episode one I found myself keeping a list in my phone.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone Issa stated, “We have a Drake lyric in every episode as an Easter egg. That was a personal thing for me.” Additionally, in the below interview with Gayle King on CBS This Morning, she admits that Drake is indeed her celebrity crush.
Since I kept a list of all the Drake references in the show, I decided to share them with you all. You know, just in case you missed any. Check out the list below.
Sidenote: To those who have yet to discover the greatness of this show, no worries because the first season just ended and its been renewed for a second season. If you don’t have HBO, I suggest you download a free trial of HBO Now and get started ASAP. It’s more than worth it.
While in the car, Issa and Daniel have a funny conversation about Drake.
Daniel: It’s not Moscato, but it’s some shit Drake would like.
Issa: Why’d you just assume I like Drake?
Daniel: Every black girl that went to college likes Drake.
Issa: He just really gets us!
Also, “Feel No Ways” plays as Issa and Molly are at a party.
While at brunch, Molly and Issa throw in a Drake reference from “Fancy” on ‘Thank Me Later’.
Molly: I’m making today Molly maintenance day. Ima get my nails done, hair done, everything did.
Issa: Oh?! Like a fancy day!
Later on in the episode, Lawrence buys Issa a Drake-themed birthday card to make up for forgetting her birthday.
While at an event, the group starts discussing how black men act after they get their degree. Molly uses a lyric from Drake’s hit “Back to Back”.
Kelli: They act like prized possessions.
Molly: Right. Very important and very pretentious.
While shopping for couches Issa slides in a line from “Faithful” off of Drake’s ‘VIEWS album.
Lawrence: I kinda like this one (couch).
Issa: I love this one and I can watch you do work while I sit back.
Daniel attends career day for the class that Issa works with. Since Daniel is a producer, one of the students asks if he’s ever worked with Drake.
Student: Have you ever worked with Drake?
Daniel: Nah, but I’m producing a track real soon for Ty Dolla Sign.
Issa: You working with Ty Dolla Sign?
Student: So, not Drake?
While in the studio with her itch that she needed to scratch, Issa and Daniel start reminiscing on why a relationship between them never worked out. Once again, Issa makes use of Drake’s “Feel No Ways” from his ‘VIEWS’ album.
Issa: It’s on you.
Daniel: How is it on me?
Issa: Now you’re tryna make me feel a way on purpose, huh?
While sitting in her car Issa thinks about the potential consequences of telling Lawrence the truth about her and Daniel. This time Issa slides in a line from “Redemption” off of Drake’s ‘VIEWS’ album.
Lawrence: Hey babe. How was work?
Issa: It was fine.
Lawrence: What’s wrong? Something happen?
Issa: I’m just…I’m searching for these words to say to you right now.
While looking for a dress for her fundraising event Issa uses a line from “Crew Love” off of Drake’s ‘Take Care’ album.
Issa: I’m just done doing dumb shit and really I think I like who I’m becoming.
The crew heads to a bar in Malibu to celebrate Kelli’s birthday where she reminds them to be on their “Worst Behaviour”. She also slides in a line from “Pop Style” from Drake’s “VIEWS” album.
Kelli: I wan’t y’all on your worst behaviour.
Molly follows this and they start a game of “We-Did-Say”.
Molly: *After being told to touch a waiter’s butt* She did say be on your worst behaviour. I’m on mine.
Kelli: I love it! Turned my birthday into a lifestyle.