Just hours after his viral single "Toosie Slide" was certified platinum, Drake delivered a surprise mixtape on Friday, Dark Lane Demo Tapes, to hold fans over before his album is released this summer.
Although he said that the final version of Dark Lane Demo Tapes was put together in only "two days or something like that," Drake and his team have likely been interested in this collection of songs for the past several months.
One of the most telling signs is that Drizzy previewed many of these now-familiar sounds when he graced OVO Mark’s “Night Owl Sound” Instagram Live DJ session in early April.
From his collaborative tracks with Playboi Carti ("Pain 1993") and Fivio Foreign and Sosa Geek ("Demons") to the tape's opening song ("Deep Pockets") as well as its most boastful ("Landed"), Drake wasn't shy about giving fans an inside look at his portfolio.
Beyond the after-hours set in April, other early drops came for "When To Say When," "Chicago Freestyle" and "War," which was released as a YouTube cut during the 2019 holiday season. In fact, only three of the 14 songs on this latest tape ("D4L," "Losses" and "From Florida With Love") were spared from Drake's generous teasing.
Having all of these songs living in one cohesive project keeps their scent fresh, nevertheless. Ain't no complaints from this side.
One of the most anticipated titles on Dark Lane Demo Tapes was Drake and Playboi Carti's collaborative track, "Pain 1993."
As the midnight hour struck, many fans swiftly skipped over nine songs to indulge in Drake-isms like "When I shoot my shot it's the Kawhi way, it's goin' in." They also somewhat unexpectedly discovered that he outshined Carti on his home turf – a Pi'erre Bourne instrumental.
You be the judge. Take a trip down the Dark Lane below.