I’ll admit, since news hit that Kobe Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, would (ALLEGEDLY) be receiving a big chunk of change, many men (and women for that matter) have continued to jokingly spit Drake’s line,“Bitch you wasn’t with me shooting in the gym…” Drake drops the verse in “Stay Schemin'”:
Kobe ’bout to lose a hundred fifty M’s
Kobe, my n—a I hate it had to be him
Bitch, you wasn’t with me shooting in the gym
(Bitch, you wasn’t with me shooting in the gym)
In an interview with Nah Right, Drake explains the rationale behind the line.
There’s a line from your “Stay Schemin” verse about Kobe’s soon to be ex-wife Vanessa that has gotten some negative attention. Can you speak to what you were trying to express with that line?
That line came from a conversation about being this young and making this much money and the fear of losing it all. I just used his potential situation to address my own life. I never intended to offend Vanessa or anyone else. That line had everything to do with me and what goes on in my head as a 25 year old man with this much income flowing in. Kobe is and always will be a friend and an icon to me.
Here’s the actual video:
In the interview, he also addresses if he’ll respond to Common’s latest diss.
So people want to know: will you respond to Common?
No. Because despite how it’s been worded by him that situation is not a “hip hop moment” or a “battle for the sake of musical integrity”…it’s a ploy for attention around the release of an album. More than anything it was just disappointing cause what kid isn’t a fan of what Common has done for our genre. A guy who made such an incredible career for himself based off expressing genuine feelings about life and love is now targeting me for sharing my story.
Peep the full interview here.