West Coast rapper Game can’t help but tip his hat to Drake breaking in new slang and bae references for the culture. The hip-hop veteran has saluted the 6 God on making the term “Keke” now unavoidable.
The Los Angeles native went to Instagram Wednesday (July 11) to geek out over the viral expression.
— SOHH (@sohh) July 12, 2018
This week, Game’s former G-Unit group member Tony Yayo also referenced “Keke” becoming the new go-to term for everyone’s bae.
— SOHH (@sohh) July 11, 2018
On Drake’s new “In My Feelings” song, Drizzy makes a direct reference to “Keke.”
Keke, do you love me? Are you riding?/Say you’ll never ever leave from beside me/’Cause I want ya, and I need ya/And I’m down for you always” (“In My Feelings”)
However, “Keke” actually refers to a real woman Drake had a romance with.
“Keke” is singer Keshia Chanté, Drake’s first girlfriend. They grew up together in Toronto and dated as teens. Drake and Keke appeared together in a September 2013 interview on BET’s 106 & Park, where Drake said to her: “You were one of my first crushes, and a lot of people might not know this, but I actually rapped about you before.” It’s not a baseless claim, since Keke is thought to be the inspiration for several Drake songs, like 2015’s “Madonna” and 2009’s “Fallen,” the latter of which featured her. (Genius)
Last year, Keke actually shared a pic of herself alongside the 6 God.