"Successful" as written by Tremaine Neverson, Dwayne Carter, Noah James Shebib and Aubrey Drake Graham....
The money (money)
Cars (cars)
The clothes (clothes)
The hoes
I suppose

I want the money, money and the cars
Cars and the clothes, the hoes, I suppose
I just wanna be, I just wanna be successful
I just wanna be, I just wanna be successful
I just wanna be, I just wanna be successful

Aw yeah, Trey, I fuckin' feel ya
They be starin' at the money like it's unfamiliar
I get it, I live it, to me there's nothing realer
Just enough to solve your problems, too much'll kill ya
And when I leave, I always come right back here
The young spitter that everybody in rap fear
A lot of y'all are still sounding like last year
The game need change and I'm the motherfuckin' cashier
Nickels for my thoughts, dimes in my bed
Quarters of the kush shape the lines in my head
Take my verses too serious, you'll hate me
'Cause I'm the one to paint a vivid picture, no HD
Yeah, I want it all, that's why I strive for it
Diss me, you'll never hear a reply for it
Any award show or party, I get fly for it
I know that it's coming, I just hope that I'm alive for it

I want the money, money and the cars
Cars and the clothes, the hoes, I suppose
I just wanna be, I just wanna be successful
I just wanna be, I just wanna be successful
I just wanna be, I just wanna be successful

Yeah, I want things to go my way
But as of late, a lot of shit been going sideways
And my mother tried to run away from home
But I left something in the car and so I caught her in the driveway
And she cried to me, so I cried too
And my stomach was soaking wet, she only five-two
And Forty, that was all before I showed up
And brought a thousand dollars worth of drinks and got poured up
Damn, my reality just set in
And even when the Phantom's leased, them hoes wanna get in
I do a lot of things hopin' I never have to fit in
So try to keep up with my progress, it's like a dead-end
My girl love me, but fuck it, my heart beats slow
And right now the tour bus is looking like a freak show
And life change for us every single week, so
It's good, but I know this ain't the peak though 'cause I want the

Money, money and the cars
Cars and the clothes, the hoes, I suppose
I just wanna be, I just wanna be successful
I just wanna be, I just wanna be successful
I just wanna be, I just wanna be successful

Wise words from a decent man
Back when I was tryna put a ring on Alisha hand
This lost boy got fly without Peter Pan
And my delivery just got me buzzing like the pizza man
In-person I am everything and more
I'm everywhere these other niggas never been before
But inside I'm treading water, steady tryna swim to shore
I'm on a shopping spree to get whatever is in store
Yeah, just call me "Shopping Bag Drizzy"
Or call me Mr. "Damn, he ain't coppin' that, is he?"
And fans of the freshman is about to get iffy
While this youngin' that you doubted is about to get busy
I'ma kill it, I promise, that's how I know you're mad
I've always treated my city like some shoulder pads
The big homie, use a flash if you must
And I swear I ain't asking for much, all I want is the

(Yeah) I want the money, money and the cars
Cars and the clothes, the hoes, I suppose
I just wanna be (yeah) I just wanna be successful (that's all I want, man)
I just wanna be, I just wanna be successful (ya, tell 'em, Trey)
I just wanna be, I just wanna be successful

Yeah, it's like I, it's like I know what I gotta say
I just don’t know how to say it, to you

Uh, pardon the swag, but bitch it's Car-tey
Long bread, I don't eat shortcake, how come I can't
Miss a woman like I can't miss court dates
Cheese, but she's not in this portrait
And yeah, life's fine, but I don't portray
I'm on the other side, but it is a short gate
I don't want the glow, I want the glory
And I'ma fuck the world, but this is just foreplay
Tired of hearing bullshit, bring on the cow shit
Haven't met a smell that's stinkier than our shit
Ha, and that's word to Toronto
So high up, I got birds in the condo
Ha, ain't that a female dog
Ask her who I am to her, and she yell, "God"
Weezy Baby, I go re-al hard
No further details, boy

Lyrics submitted by strykerchick

"Successful" as written by Noah James Shebib Aubrey Drake Graham

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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    My Interpretationinstantly noticeable and noteworthy: the relationship between the lyrics and the musical tone. Normally a song with the subject matter of "Successful"s hook would have a danceable club beat -- something to get amped up to -- but here, both the beat and the melody are mournful, as are the vocal deliveries. And normally, the approach to the material-success driven rap/hiphop/r&b is "fake it til you make it" -- if you ain't already got it, rent out a yacht, a big house, some flashy cars, and pretend you do. but this song doesn't talk about what they do have, or even what they're going to have, but what they "wanna" have, what they wish they had. even weezy's verse expresses dissatisfaction: "i'm on the other side, but it's a short gate". could that gate be hopped? could it all be taken from him, just like that? "I want the glory" implies he still doesn't feel the glory, despite all his money and fame; "I'm tired of the bullshit", he's getting fed up.

    This is a dirge, a death of the dream -- we've wanted these things for so long, we don't know how to not want them. will they even satisfy, if grasped? what do we do now?
    Bayleyon August 09, 2009   Link
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    General Commentso, does anyone know what it was that Drake left in his car, when he caught his mom in the driveway?
    sgodwinn08on December 16, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think that when Drake says "I get it, I live it, to me there's nothings realer", he is saying that to him, there is nothing else that he would rather do because he knows he's got it good.
    pdekks3on August 15, 2012   Link
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    General CommentSongs mean something different to every listener; however, here is Drake's explanation....

    Drake wrote the bulk of the lyrics after Trey Songz came up with the hook. In an interview with Complex Blog, Drake explains: "It's basically a story. It starts in January 2008 when I was kinda confused like, What am I really doing? I gave up acting all together to really do this music thing, and I was really truly confused. It's way different than acting, there aren't people to depend on, you really have to build your own thing basically from the ground up, you know, so in January not only was I confused about my career, I was also in a very destructive sort of us exhausting relationship with a female and it was just a bad headspace for me to be in. So that's where the tape starts. I just felt that nothing was ever good enough, and she was always searching for more excitement and then we move into “Successful.” I say at the end of the song, “There are so many things I want to say but I just don't know how to say it to you.” I know exactly what I want to say, you know, I just want to be successful, but I don't know if I can do it with you and then it goes into “Let's Call It Off,” which is the breakup."
    pearljam79on October 06, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti love how trey says 'sussessfo'.
    billy talent is godon October 17, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThat's not how you spell Kush. It starts with a K not a C. Like he said in the song you really cant take what hes saying to seriously, because he knows he would be nowhere without all this success the music industry has given him. But I do really love this song, its a great song to go jogging to. Trey Songz has an amazing voice so does Drake.
    saraisabellamon February 08, 2010   Link
  • -1
    General Comment What is Success? How do you define success? To different people, the word successful has different meanings. Both artists, show evidence that to them, life is all about getting the money, shown in lines 1-11. In this song Drake implies that without the music industry, he might not be successful. In Drake's verse, "so tryin' to keep up with my progress is like a dead end," is a line used which represents that he might not be able to move forward, where he doesn't get anywhere because he keeps running into walls, which means he has to backtrack and start over . Maybe because he messed up and made a mistake, so now he has to get back on the right path. Most of all, this song says that even to get to success, sometimes you have to go through a few mistakes. This song sends the message of do whatever you need to, to become successful. No matter if it means taking the biggest risks in life. At the end, you'll come out successful, with or without supporters.
    guera602on February 16, 2010   Link
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    General CommentYeah . This song is about what Drake wants for himself . He isn't acting anymore & from here on out it's up to him to be the best he could be . But , I feel he could be scared in a way because he said "But as of late a lot of shit been going sideways" . Things aren't happening as he expected && when he says "Any awards show or party I get fly for it , I know that it's comin' I just hope that I'm alive for it" he knows that tomorrow is never promised So Yeah . idk if this line are in the lyrics above , but in the other successful version, they are.

    But i love this song & Drake . i never thought he would blow up the way he did , but he did :).
    Also, i didn't really understand when he said "And my mother tried to run away from home But I left something in the car so I met her in the driveway And she cried to me So I cried too And my stomach was soaking wet, she's only 5'2" why would she be crying? Was it because he was leaving for good , to start his career? I'm Confused .

    Does anyone know? Anyway, this song is amazing ,& it shows how deep Drake can really be.
    Keykeykinszx3on April 03, 2010   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThis song was makes you think of your own personal meaning of success. Do you picture success as money and possessions or as strong relationships and making people happy. The song makes you question your interpretation. It is worth ruining your relationships for money and power?
    "Just enough will solve your problems, Too much'll kill ya" - Do you really need that much money? In the famous words of Biggie Smalls, "Mo money, mo problems". In reality, this is true. If you have all the money in the world but you cant build a strong relationship, you have nothing.
    "My girl love me but fuck it, my heart beats slow" - If you are more focused on money what is love worth to you? Can you still even feel love?
    "I'm everywhere these other niggas never been before, But inside I'm treading water trying to steadily swim to shore" - If you have everything you've every dreamed of, it still doesnt solve all of your emotional and family problems. Sometimes wealth can make you greedy and play with your emotions.

    Now my personal oppinion:
    This song moves me. It makes me feel like I can do anything, but it makes me want to make a difference in people's lives at the same time. If I can have a career that changes lives while I still earn money is amazing. This song tells me to do what makes me happy and not to crush anyone to advance myself.
    ALSO: What the F*** is Lil Wayne doing in this song. I personally feel as though he blemished it with his verse at the end. Why is he talking about God damn owl shit.

    Thanks for reading. Please reply.
    joeshmo150on April 14, 2010   Link
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    General CommentDrake's done it again. Another song I'm addcited to. I just wanna be successful. Great song, easy to relate to.
    misstwiggsteron November 10, 2011   Link

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