Features: Rick Ross
“Money In The Grave” by Drake featuring Rick Ross is a hard-hitting trap anthem that showcases the artists’ ambitions, street credibility, and their desire to maintain their wealth even in death. Drake and Ross deep dive into their hustler personas, reflecting on their ascension in the game and how they’ve navigated success in the rap industry.
The song kicks off with Drake contemplating on where to start his tale – a nod to the complexities of his journey. He talks about having “hoes that I’m keepin’ in the dark” and friends across the street living large, painting a picture of the high life he’s living. He also acknowledges the fact that his lyrics, often steeped in real-life experiences, weren’t taken seriously “til they sat with the bars” – a clever play on words implying that his words gained credibility when they resonated with those living the same realities, including those behind literal prison bars.
He further discusses his commercial success with lines like “I got big packs comin’ on the way” and “I got big stacks comin’ out the safe”, but emphasizes that he isn’t just about the flashy lifestyle – he’s in it for the long haul (“In the next life, I’m tryna stay paid”). The eponymous line, “When I die, put my money in the grave”, underscores Drake’s desire for his wealth and influence to persist even after his death.
Rick Ross’ verse complements Drake’s, as he vividly details his journey from the streets to high-end living with lines like, “Really livin’ large, she in awe with a mack”. The reference to Rickey Smiley in Decatur with the ‘yé’ (slang for cocaine) demonstrates Ross’ familiarity with the street hustle. The mention of the “Chase Bank” is a metaphor for his money – suggesting it’s so extensive, it could fill a bank. Ross declares, “These niggas ain’t livin’, so bury mine with me”, asserting that many can’t match his level of wealth or success.
Throughout the song, the phrase “put my money in the grave” resonates as a reflection of both artists’ desire to maintain control and influence, even in death. The track is an unapologetic celebration of their success, while also serving as a defiant statement against those who doubted their potential. It’s a testament to their determination and ability to remain at the top of the game, “Still on top like I’m scared of the drop”.