Friday, May 13, 2016
Drake finally explains 'The Six' Rapper reveals he rejected 'The Four' as Toronto's nickname
But if you’ve ever wondered what “The Six” is, Drake stopped by The Tonight Show this week to explain our hometown moniker to host Jimmy Fallon.
“This is definitely the tallest building in Toronto, right?” Fallon asked as he held up a copy of his LP Views, which shows “mini-Drake” sitting atop the CN Tower.
“It was once the tallest building in the world,” Drake told the late-night host. “But I think it’s the objective in Dubai to outdo everything, so I think they built a building that’s 900 levels taller.”
Fallon then asked Drizzy about The Six – “It’s a Canada thing, right? It’s a Toronto thing?”
“Yes, our area code is 416,” Drake said, laughing. “We were debating on The Four, but I went tail-end on them and went 6. And at one point Toronto was broken up into six areas (Old Toronto, Scarborough, East York, North York, Etobicoke and York), so it’s all clicking man.”
Fallon added another way “The Six” is a fitting term for Drizzy: “Girls think you’re six-y.”
The rapper also riffed on the viral meme that allowed users to insert “mini-Drake” into any of their own photos when he placed a small version of himself on himself.
“Drake on Drake! This is so meta,” Fallon enthused.
Drake said his rapping wordplay comes from his mother.
“I get the words from my mother; she was an English teacher and taught kindergarten to Grade 5. She’s one of the most intelligent people I’ve ever met; Scrabble champion. She’s a top-shelf lady, top-shelf kind of gal.”
The music, he said, comes from his dad. But he told Fallon that he hasn’t listened to Views yet.
“I said, ‘What’s your favourite song?’ And he went, ‘Drake, man, I’m going to be honest with you ... I’m going to get around to it.’ “
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