Author Salman Rushdie, 68, has penned esteemed works like The Satanic Verses, The Enchantress of Florence, Midnight's Children and this year's Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights. He's won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, the James Joyce Award, the PEN Pinter Prize, the Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger and a horde of other honors. Today there is a video of him reading Drake lyrics.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation had Rushdie plow, elegantly and without scorn, through memorable Drizzian lines from tracks like "6 God," "6PM in New York" and "Forever" (yup, it's the "last name ever / first name greatest" part). He appreciates "Know Yourself" especially. We especially appreciate him reading "You was poppin' back when Usher wore a U chain."
"Lately I feel the haters eating away at my confidence / They scream out my failures and whisper my accomplishments," recites the man who found his life in peril for years following a religiously controversial novel. "Yeah," he comments. "I know how that feels."
Most importantly, he exposes Drake for quoting Marilyn Monroe with that "only thing we have on is the radio" line on Rihanna's "What's My Name?" If you already knew that was a reference and not an original gem, you are probably a Booker Prize winner.