Out of nowhere, Drake dropped a new mixtape called Dark Lane Demo Tapes. Find out what fans had to say and why they are upset with Playboi Carti.
On Thursday, Drake announced on Instagram that he was dropping his sixth studio album this summer. With that announcement came another surprise: he was releasing a surprise new mixtape called Dark Lane Demo Tapes on Friday, May 1st. What’s the difference between a Drake mixtape and album in 2020? Well, Drake described Dark Lane Demo Tapes as “some leaks and some joints from SoundCloud and some new vibes.”
Dark Lane Demo Tape features a number of tracks you might have heard already. This includes the Michael Jackson-inspired “Toosie Slide;” “When to Say When” and “Chicago Freestyle,” which features an appearance from Giveon; the UK-inspired “War;” “Desires,” which features Future; and “Demons,” a Brooklyn drill song with Fivio Foreign and Sosa Geek that has been floating around the Internet for months.
Other features on the album include Chris Brown, Young Thug, and Playboi Carti. On the production side, Drake gets beats from 40, Plain Pat, Southside, Pi’erre Bourne, Axl Beats, JB Made It, and more.
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My brothers @oliverelkhatib @ovonoel put together alot of the songs people have been asking for (some leaks and some joints from SoundCloud and some new vibes) DARK LANE DEMO TAPES out everywhere at midnight…also my 6th STUDIO ALBUM DROPPING SUMMER 2020!!! Lucky number 6 😈 soon fwd
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Once the new Drake hit at midnight, that’s all fans could talk about on the Internet. This is unfortunate for rappers like Mozzy who also had music release today.
@Drake I ain’t feelin it dawg 😂 let my album live 😂😂😂
— MOZZY (@MozzyThaMotive) May 1, 2020
Most fans were feeling the new music, and just excited to have another pop culture event to hold them down while under quarantine.
me studying Drake’s new album looking for captions pic.twitter.com/tccygIS5rD
— Ope 🍏 (@OpeYRN) May 1, 2020
I’m a DRAKE fan and I’m gonna enjoy this album and there’s nothing the haters can do to stop that okurrrtttt!!!!
— Ben Wegmann (@benwegmann) May 1, 2020
When Drake dropped Dark Lane Demo Tapes pic.twitter.com/iAOwBim321
— Abdul Memon (@abdulamemon) May 1, 2020
JUST WOKE UP TO SEE DRAKE RELEASED A DEMO TAPE COMPILATION AND WE ARE GETTING AN ALBUM IN THE SUMMER..pic.twitter.com/2j1a1M0KMk
— #BLM (@breathinremss) May 1, 2020
However, there were some complaints. The most highly anticipated song on the album was “Pain 1993,” which features an appearance from Playboi Carti, the most popular rapper on the Internet. People were not happy with Playboi’s verse, which features baby voiced Carti:
— uncommon sense🌊🌞 (@Nterin) May 1, 2020
Drake hearing Playboi Carti verse after social media hyped up Pain 1993 pic.twitter.com/bJXJdWli0c
— Loyal Red Man 🇹🇹🦂 (@TheRedNathaniel) May 1, 2020
— Tevin (@tevin348) May 1, 2020
— Tevin (@tevin348) May 1, 2020
— MaltLiquorPapi (@LowkeyBrilliant) May 1, 2020
me listening to pain 1993 when carti's verse came up. pic.twitter.com/Kf2iekSXjl
— The Queen (@summer__love45) May 1, 2020
— Flozus, MPH (@_Flozus) May 1, 2020
Fans also weren’t happy with “Not You Too,” which features an appearance from Chris Brown. Well sort of. Fans realized soon that Brown was taking a more background role on the song.
Ima beat your ass for saying you had a Chris Brown feature when all he did was hum in the background https://t.co/ZX9NyotjNC
— OH! CAUSE I THOUGHT DINKLEBERG SAID SUM (@aniyahl8ter) May 1, 2020
— 180PTscore (@E4_Maf_E_Ya) May 1, 2020
me listening to the first half of not you too waiting for Chris brown to come on and wash drake vs me realizing he didn’t have a verse pic.twitter.com/RYJ7tt19e4
— IN RJ WE TRUST (@MariFunkhouser) May 1, 2020
The emotional centerpiece of the album is “From Florida, with Love.” On the track, Drake raps openly about his 2009 robbery where goons took his chain. On the song Drake raps:
Niggas had they pistols loaded pointed at my truck
And you know that lesson stuck
From that day I never touched the road without a (Plug)
From that day I never saw the point in talkin’ tough
Hasn’t happened since, I guess you niggas know what’s up
The reaction to “From Florida, with Love” has been overwhelmingly positive.
— RedRaider806 (@RedRaiderLex) May 1, 2020
Listening to Dark Lane Tapes & I’m thinking how losing u was the darkest lane I had to drive on. I know u’ve had a lot of Losses but I would go to War for ur love. Time Flies but it feels like yesterday u were mine. Hope u’re doing ok. From Florida With Love. pic.twitter.com/knT2sGkEy9
— n (@nxur48) May 1, 2020
Stream Dark Lane Demo Tapes below.