Drake has paid a subtle tribute to late basketball legend Kobe Bryant in his new Toosie Slide video.
The Canadian rapper dropped the new tune on Thursday, with the accompanying video showing him entertaining himself in his huge Toronto mansion amid self-isolation. In the style of the much-loved MTV show Cribs, the video sees Drake wandering round his giant abode, past trophy cabinets and swimming pools, before he strolls past two Los Angeles Lakers jerseys – a number eight and a number 24. Kobe started out as number 24 during his high school basketball career, before switching to number eight before the 2007 basketball season to represent a clean slate.
It’s not the first time Drake – a huge basketball fan – has paid tribute to Kobe, who was killed in a helicopter crash alongside his 13-year-old daughter Gianna in January.
After learning of his passing, Drake shared an arty snap on Instagram and wrote: “It can’t be”.
Elsewhere in his Toosie Slide video, Drake shows off the signature accompanying dance. The star gave the tune early to social media influencer Toosie, who proceeded to “leak” it online alongside a dance to go with it. That dance became a viral dance challenge known as the Toosie Slide, which influenced the title of the song.
“It go right foot up, left foot, slide / Left foot up, right foot, slide / Basically, I’m sayin’, either way, we ’bout to slide, ayy / Can’t let this one slide, ayy,” Drake sings in the chorus.