Rap music is bound to region and place in a way that is paralleled only by the blues and country. Heads who have never set foot in New York—let alone Brooklyn—can rattle off the names of streets and housing projects in neighborhoods they’ve visited only through Hov’s lyrics. Drake is hip-hop, and he has a city he claims: Toronto.
From the start of his career, he’s grounded his work in this place (see “City Is Mine” from Room for Improvement). Of course, Drake’s childhood was bifurcated as a result of his parents’ divorce, meaning the South—Houston, in particular—accounts for a large part of his aesthetic. Make no mistake, though—when he tells you, “All I care about is money and the city that I’m from” he means Toronto.
Here are the places that hold the most significance; here is Complex’s Guide to Drake’s Relationship with Toronto.