"And my mother embarrassed to put my Phantom out / So I park about five houses down / She said I shouldn't have until I have the crown / But I don't wanna feel the need to wear disguises around / So she wonder where my mind is / Accounts in the minus / But yet I'm rolling round the fkin' city like your highness."
Lyrics from "Say Whats Real" by Drake.
Two summers ago there was a mysterious 'pimped' Phantom on my street. I did post a picture of it on this site some time ago.
It would turn up very early every morning and as the evening set in it would disappear downtown direction 7 or 8pm. Sometimes, in the dawn light as I returned from my 5am run, I'd see the driver exit his vehicle so I'd bid him Good Morning. None of my neighbours seemed to know who he was but rumour was that he was some up and coming D.J. or Rapper or club owner - or even something sinister..
Well, 16 months later I've discovered it was none other than Canada's superstar Hip Hop artist Drake who was living with his mother at the time.
To quote from Maclean's Magazine:
'Drake may be the first rapper to talk about how his mom disapproves of his car. The former Degrassi: The Next Generation star used his acting money to lease a Rolls-Royce Phantom in order to fit into the world of hip hopand he's not too proud to admit it in his song'.
Well it worked for him and his image, but why is it that the last time I saw him (and realised who he was), he's since moved out of my 'hood and is being chauffeured around in a Maybach 62 with his pals (Ludacris, being one of them)
Go on Drizzy, get a set of winter tyres for the German car and order yourself a Phantom Extended Wheelbase for this summer...
(Posted by David Irvine)