11 Times Drake Channeled His 'Champagne Papi' Alter-Ego: From 'The Motto' to 'Mia'


Since the start of his profession, Drake has shared many aspects of his ever-expanding music personalities.

Sometimes he dons the “6 God” crown whereas repping his hometown of Toronto, and different occasions he brings out his interior "Yardie" by friendships with dancehall artists like Popcaan. But the one persona the rapper has been in line with -- and the one he even named his Instagram deal with after -- is “Champagne Papi."

Despite rising up with a Black father from Memphis and a Jewish mom, Drake seemingly has a deep affinity for Latin tradition. And most not too long ago, he expressed his admiration for it by collaborating with Bad Bunny on the brand new music, “Mia.” Given his historical past, this absolutely gained’t be the final time Drake bachata dances his method into the reggaeton style.

Scroll by Drake’s most blatant “Champagne Papi” moments beneath.

This line from “The Motto” (2011)

“Go Uptown, New York City, bitch/ Them Spanish ladies love me like I'm Aventura,” Drake raps on this Take Care-era single. He’s referring to Washington Heights, a neighborhood in Upper Manhattan that’s residence to La Marina, infinite hookah bars on Dyckman Street and one of many largest Dominican populations within the metropolis. Drake’s callout to the beloved bachata group Aventura makes it all of the extra genuine.

His 25th birthday outfit (2011)

The stacked rings. The cognac-tinted glasses. The completely positioned gold chain that peeks ever so barely beneath his Versace silk shirt. The “I do know I look rattling good” smirk on his face. Drake’s flashy 25th party in Las Vegas noticed him absolutely emerge into Champagne Papi.

The “Pop That” video (2012)

His visitor verse in French Montana’s “Pop That” marked the primary time he launched the moniker in a music: “I'm Young Papi, Champagne / They know the face and so they know the identify." But the video serves because the official reveal, with Drake rocking an all-white outfit full with a neckful of gold chains and wire body sun shades.

The “Started From the Bottom” video (2013)

Drake resides his finest papi life within the “Started From the Bottom” video, which ends with the OVO Crew flying right down to the D.R.’s La Romana to throw a lavish social gathering on a personal villa. The rapper roams by the home like a boastful Dominican uncle, sporting a jersey sweatsuit and a handful of chains whereas puffing on a cigar. The rapper continues to flex por la cultura as he waves the nation’s flag within the air.

Collaborating with Romeo Santos for “Odio” (2014)

After shouting out Aventura in “The Motto,” Drake really adopted by with a collaboration with one of many former members -- Romeo Santos. The pair teamed up for “Odio,” the second single from Santos’ sophomore album Formula, Vol. 2. The tender bachata ballad discovered Drake serenading in Spanish for the primary time.

This “Legend” lyric (2015)

“Everyday, I used to be strugglin' to study what life's about/ On my method, cash taught me Spanish, make it Ć”ndale,” Drake mused on the If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late fan favourite. Of course he manages to slide in a Spanish phrase for good measure (“Ć”ndale” interprets to “shortly”).

Shooting the “No Shopping” video within the Dominican Republic (2016)

In one of many funniest rap video introductions so far, buddies Drake and French Montana headed to the Dominican Republic to go wild for the “No Shopping” video. Portraying golf match announcers, “French MontaƱa” and “El DrakĆ©” (who’s rocking some critical chancletas) goof off in thick comedic accents and showcase their finest dance strikes. Later within the video, Drake rocks the D.R. flag as a bandana whereas getting his bachata on.

Vacationing in Dominican Republic after the video shoot (2016)

Now this exhibits Drake in his remaining papi kind, as he enjoys the luxuries the Dominican Republic has to supply. Following the “No Shopping” video, the rapper vacationed on a resort whereas rocking an enormous Versace gown (how he isn't melting??), sipping piƱa coladas and taking thirst lure photographs within the pool.

A not-so-subtle “Sneakin’” lyric (2016)

On “Sneakin’”, Drake’s collaboration with 21 Savage, he casually tosses out a lyric that will or could not have been a touch at his alleged fling with Jennifer Lopez: “Got my Spanish ting satisfied that I do know Spanish / Really, when she get to talkin', I don't perceive it.”

Wearing a Mexican soccer jersey within the “Used to This” video (2016)

Drake takes a break from the Dominican Republic to journey over to Mexico for Future’s “Used to This” video. Wearing personalised jerseys, the What a Time to Be Alive duo play coaches for an all-female Mexican soccer crew. And in true papĆ­ trend, he can’t assist however to interrupt out a number of dance strikes.

Teaming with Bad Bunny for “Mia” (2018)

Back in January, Bad Bunny revealed his was within the studio with Drake because the pair smoked hookah and jammed to what we now know as “Mia” -- their newly launched collaboration that's certain to take over the golf equipment. In the video, the Puerto Rican lure star and Champagne Papi play dominoes, flirt with ladies and sing in Spanish collectively. And after all, Drake hits some bachata strikes.