UNCOVERING DRAKE’S OBSESSION WITH MATTRESSES
“She said do you love me? I tell her only partly. I only love my bed and my momma I’m sorry”
By: JLong | February 6, 2020
On the heels of Scorpion, Drake’s fifth studio album release, we wanted to celebrate and honor one of his most treasured focuses over his storied hip-hop career: mattresses.
While claiming to have started from the bottom, Aubrey Drake Graham, never really had to play the struggling artist. Since the release of his first mixtape, his career has been an unstoppable, seemingly limitless ascension into pop stardom. The money rolled in, then the fame and the Grammys and the Coachella headline performances. This has allowed Drake the chance to play many other roles. Emotional rapper. Rigid verse cutter. Teen Heartthrob. NBA Franchise promoter. Canadian emissary. Sovereign of Spotify. Jeopardy Contestant. But for as long as he’s been making music, he’s been covertly leaving a Dan Brown cookie crumbs about his place of sleep.
Drake has worn many hats, but with his most recent Billboard topper, after years of speculation and latent infatuation, he finally opened up and put on the hat we’ve been dying for him to don: the Mattress Connoisseur.
Almost exactly halfway through God’s Plan, the beat cuts out and in a smooth acapella, Drake makes his announcement:
- She said, “do you love me?”
- I tell her only partly
- I only love my bed and my momma
- I’m sorry.
No need to apologize, friend. We understand the importance of a good bed and know that your mattress journey, just like your songs, has been emotional. Nothing has been black and white and your bed hasn’t always been a safe place, but after a tumultuous search and what you believe to be prophetic evidence of ‘God’s Plan’, you have found your perfect bed. Your first love gave you life, but your second love gave you a good night’s sleep (i.e. the ability to live).
While Drake’s recent fatherhood bombshell gave the Internet it’s most delicious fodder—his infant son’s middle name is Mahbed, floating the idea that he is not referencing his bed, but rather his child—we are absolutely positive that is not the case. Oh, and here’s an Instagram to back us up.
No one would make a fuss if you chose to trace Drake’s growth through the thematic fixtures of his failed relationships or hollow friendships that he discusses on each of his projects. But you’d be analyzing a character based on his superficial interests and eating only what he puts on the menu. This isn’t Champagne Papi lite.
We’re not quite sure where Drake’s obsession began. It may have come from his former producer and role model, Birdman, claiming he sleeps on a literal stack of $1 million in cash. We can only cringe to imagine the back and muscle pains this lumpy, uneven sleep structure would cause. Or perhaps a glaring lack of quality mattress stores in the Toronto area may have forced his interest. Most likely, however, Drake loves mattresses, like many other sleepers, because he suffered through one too many bad nights. And while we understood his interest (we’re obsessed with a good night’s sleep, too), we needed to know where it began.
In his early albums, Drake kept his work closely married to the traditional hip-hop of the early 2000s. Sampled beats with punchy percussions and thematically-narrow rhymes. He rapped about women, money and the often-meta rap itself. But as his fame grew, the young rapper allowed his work—and his public image—to break free of its conventional form and trite flows. He broke into childhood nostalgia on Take Care, the isolation of pop stardom on Nothing Was The Same and on Views, he attempts to reconcile the burden of becoming Canada’s hip-hop ambassador against his appreciation for all the city has given him.
From what we can tell, he experienced mild discomfort during the making of Take Care. There certainly could have been non-bed factors at play: the anxiety of hitting a sophomore slump, the unrequited pining after Rihanna, or his hometown Raptors missing the NBA playoffs for a third straight year. Whatever the reason, something was clear, Drizzy had opted for the moniker Driy because he wasn’t getting any zzz’s (sorry for the awful joke).
These insomniac nights culminated in a startling warning sign, vocalized on the album’s third track, Headlines:
- Someone tell me I fell off // Ooooh I needed that.
The popstar must have been tossing and turning in his sleep—so much that he literally rolled himself off the bed. Involuntary nightly movements are a routine experience for customers coming from crummy beds. In this case, the bed forced the sleeper’s subconscious to self-eject and opt for the ground instead. Later in the same song, he doubles down on his woes—expressing embarrassment over the quality of mattress:
- Tell her I apologize // It happened over time.
Here, we can clearly see that Drake’s bed—presumably a continuous coil—sagged in the center or unevenly disintegrated with age. These issues are certainly not atpyical of an old, low-quality mattress. As a single, liberated young man, Drake occasionally invites guests over to sleep in his home but finds himself frequently apologizing for his lumpy mattress. The juxtaposition of a pop star with a crummy mattress befuddled us, too.
The evenings were getting excruciatingly bad as Toronto’s prodigal son trudged along on his rapidly deteriorating bed. Without his own impending album, he jumped on Beyoncé’s 2013 eponymous surprise album to vent about his ongoing crisis:
- All my nights I don’t know what to do // I can’t get no rest, can’t get no sleep.
By 2013, his sleep woes had worsened. He did not know what to do, where to turn. We cannot comprehend why he didn’t head to an Ortho Mattress on the spot. But by the time he was making his third album, Nothing Was The Same, he was reduced to sleeping on an air mattress. His lack of sleep, as he discusses on Views, eventually manifested into something far more debilitating:
- I can’t sleep these days unless I take one.
Drake hit rock bottom. A possible turn to pills (presumably melatonin) just to make it through the night! Fortunate for us and his fans, his emotions never get bottled up. He wears his heart on the sleeve of his Degrassi retro-tee and opens the door for his fans to watch him grow and evolve. In the same track, 9, the above remarks are spliced together against the song’s tempered but pointed chorus:
- Turn the 6 upside down it’s a 9 now // I made a decision last night that I would die for it.
Here’s where it all turned around. He re-evaluated his support system, faced his own mortality, stared death in the eyes and prioritized his health. The comfort feel of his mattress went from a 6 (a luxury plush) to a 9 (a softer plush) because Drake is a side sleeper, so logically, his shoulders and hips have been pressing up against him and his body needed the relief. With a Landsdowne, he may have even have latex to relax across bedding’s premier mixture of support and comfort.
Or perhaps, the lyric was a double entendre and he’s referring to the nine hours of sleep he’s now getting—a typical sleep surplus gained from buying a new mattress. Or, even better, a triple entendre and he’s also gloating about the increased profile of his box spring: opting for the taller nine inch height, giving his new bed the throne feel it deserved. Fit for a king. (We’ve got puns too, Drake.)
No matter your interpretation, one thing was evident, and I’ll steal from the popstar himself, nothing was the same. His nocturnal insecurity subsided, fans designed pillows and blankets to adorn his newly bought mattress, and his newly installed confidence only yielded more upgrades, including a custom bed, which he flaunted in D’African’s More Ready,
- I got a triple king bed and I don’t mind sharing.
The tumultuous journey climaxes with God’s Plan and the love cry to his new bed. Perhaps, Scorpion gifts us more insight into his sleep habits—favorite bedtime reads or how he finally dumped that old bed. But most importantly, after enduring years of tosses and turns, we can all rest easy knowing that Drake is now resting easy, too.
Note, in case it’s necessary: Drake did not actually confirm any of this.