“No Lie” might have been 2 Chainz’s lead single, but the song was really stolen by Drake with only a hook and a verse. But, this isn’t that new, because he has been doing this the past year with songs by Rick Ross (“Stay Schemin”), Meek Mill (“Amen”), and even Waka Flocka Flame (“Round of Applause”), but “No Lie” is the current peak of his recent guest work.
Drake can rattle off lines like “Forbes list like ever year” and “She thinks I’m the realest out, I said ‘Damn that makes two of us’” that are pure narcissism, but they can still sound so great coming out car speakers and somehow even better when you are rapping along with them for the 30 or 40th time.
Even, the line “I just need to know what that pussy is like, so one time’s fine with me” even if not phrased the same way is a sentiment I’ve heard from people plenty of times my last couple years of college (I’d also say that Drake’s fan base is probably not too much older than his mid-20s self, so that doesn’t seem too surprising). Also, that particular line is captured excellently in Director X’s video as 2 Chainz and Drake both hold up a single finger with disinterested looks, as if to shrug their shoulders over whatever may or may not happen to these women they are talking about.
Drake also benefits being placed between 2 Chainz’s almost completely nonsensical sex raps allowing him to kind of run with the same idea with some actually though behind his words. The longer the verse goes and the more hand motions you invent to go along with Drake’s verse makes it by the end, when Drake says “We don’t talk shit, we just state facts (Yes Lord)” you’re so caught up in Drake’s—and by extension your—ego enough to have said the entire verse and not care about whether you agree or disagree with Drake’s words, because his sentiment has found a way to ring true.