Drake, the best-selling music artist of the century so far, name-dropped Daemen College in a song on his hotly anticipated album released in early September.
Paying homage to his early days in music on “The Remorse,” Drake raps the line: “Daemen College booking me to pull up and speak the facts.”
The shout-out is a reference to an April 2009 concert by the rapper-singer, then largely unknown, in Wick Social Room on campus during Springfest.
By that summer, he had the No. 1 song in the country and has since sold more than 170 million albums.
Current Daemen students, alums, and perfect strangers alike caught Drake’s unexpected nod to the college and flooded social media with appreciation and bafflement.
In its first week of release, the song was streamed more than 10 million times on Spotify.
What remains to be seen is if Drake, also known as Drizzy, will acknowledge the outpouring of appreciation from the Daemen community. Greg Nayor, vice president of strategic initiatives, reached out to the Grammy Award-winning artist with an invitation to return to campus.
“He can relive his glory days before he got famous,” Nayor told Buffalo’s NBC affiliate. “We would welcome him with open arms.”