Drake shouts out Patrick Mahomes, DeMar DeRozan in new song ‘Lemon Pepper Freestyle’


Drake’s highly anticipated “Scary Hours 2,” the sequel to his “Scary Hours” EP released three years earlier, dropped Thursday night with three new tracks. One includes a guest verse from frequent collaborator Rick Ross, who features on the song “Lemon Pepper Freestyle.” Surprisingly, that’s not a nod to Clippers guard “Lemon Pepper Lou” Williams, though Drake had previously namedropped Williams on his 2015 mixtape, “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late.”

A known sports fanatic, Drake has made a habit of shouting out athletes in his rhymes, paying homage to Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Scottie Pippen, Shaq, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Barry Bonds, Derek Jeter, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, Johnny Manziel, Andrew Wiggins and Odell Beckham, among countless others. The Toronto rapper added another two names to the list on “Lemon Pepper Freestyle” with lyrics mentioning Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Spurs wing DeMar DeRozan, formerly of his hometown Raptors.

Drake actually refers to Mahomes as “Patty Mahomes” in his verse, which probably won’t sit well with his mother, Randi (remember she was irate when announcers Steve Levy and Louis Riddick called her son “Pat” during an ESPN broadcast last year). Mahomes responded to Drake’s lyrics on Twitter, using a GIF to express his confusion over the line, “Patty Mahomes ‘bout to fall short a couple hundred.”

Drake and Mahomes have crossed paths before, appearing together in a Super Bowl commercial for State Farm insurance. Aaron Rodgers and Paul Rudd also made cameos.

His appearance on “Scary Hours” aside, it’s been a busy past few weeks for Mahomes, who welcomed his first child with fiancée Brittany Matthews and also underwent surgery to repair a torn plantar plate in his left foot. Many suspect the injury affected Mahomes’ performance in Kansas City’s Super Bowl loss to Tampa Bay last month.

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