Drake - DARK LANE DEMO TAPES
From a rumor to the surprise tape of the quarantine
I know it's been a minute since the Toronto rapper Drake DARK LANE DEMO TAPES mixtape was dropped in early May. Nevertheless, I am convinced that you have to let albums and tapes work on you first. You need to feel their vibe and flow to be able to make a relevant assessment and not just a first reaction to the project.
If there are still readers here who do not know Drizzy Drake The Champagnepapi yet, here is a small summary for you guys behind the times:
The 33 year-old Aubrey Drake Graham is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, executive producer, actor, and entrepreneur. Easy to say that he is a full blood all round entertainer. Drake is widely credited for popularizing the Toronto sound (a characteristic R&B sound in the 1960s, influenced by American R&B) to the world and leading the "Canadian Invasion" of the American music industry. His career started in the 2000s as an actor on the teen drama television series Degrassi: The Next Generation. Drake left the series in 2007 after releasing his debut mixtape Room for Improvement and released two further independent projects, Comeback Season and So Far Gone, before signing to Young Money Entertainment in June 2009.
2010 Drake released his debut studio album Thank Me Later, which debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200. Over the last ten years the musician received widespread critical successes with four more studio albums and two commercial mixtapes. Including his fourth album Views (2016) sat atop the Billboard 200 for 13 non-consecutive weeks, becoming the first album by a male solo artist to do so in over a decade. Correct me if I’m wrong but wasn’t the last one Jay-Z !?
Back from our little discographic digression we arrived on April 30th of this year and the rumor of a new Drake project is spreading. DARK LANE DEMO TAPES was released on May 1st and has been a permanent guest in my Spotify since then.
As the first commercial demo tape from Champagnepapi, it leads us through a collection of released SoundCloud and some leaked songs as well as new work. It is seen as the "warm up" of his next studio album that was announced for this summer. Apart from the fact that Drake is feeding us leftovers here again and some of the tracks are not completely mastered or elaborated, he proves his spirit of the times and offers us a new format of his music by lowering expectations and directly calling the tracks demos. Also not to be forgotten is the current Internet
economy, in which songs and albums from industry giants such as Playboi Carti are constantly being leaked. Or the growing influence of TikTok. This platform, I'm telling yall, as much as we (I mean everyone over the age of 18) want to oust it creates the hits. With 'Toosie Slide' he set the first attention for artists of his caliber.
At this point a big prop to his grandiose marketing strategies. For the most part you can hear smooth, glamorous R’n’B heavy beats. Deep bass and dreamy sounds put you in a nostalgic mood, which is reinforced by all the Young Drake lines. In general, one wonders whether Mr. Graham thinks of a certain person with songs like 'Losses' or simply talks about situations in general. We will probably never find out. Hey Drizzy, feel free to use me as one of your muses.
My personal highlights of the tape definitely include 'Deep Pockets',' Pain 1993 '(with Playboi Carti) and' Chicago Freestyle ', the latter not only because of the outstanding vocals from Feature Giveon, but also because of the great use of Eminem's bars from' Superman '. Every Em heart beats quickly (at least those who celebrate the old Eminem).
The opposite is 'Not You Too'. Apart from the fact that I am not a big Chris Brown fan, you have to recognize his vocal talent. That is exactly why I find the decision questionable to let Breezy sing in the background. I also don't feel any vocal harmony between these two artists.
One thing that I really love about Drake is his diversity and his desire to break new ground musically. So also with 'War'. The lyrics and the UK drill / grime sound are very dope. The UK lingo that Drake tries on also harmonizes well. The only thing: a nice feature would have rounded off the song well.
All in all, DLDT is a well-rounded project and bridges the waiting time for the upcoming sixth studio album and, at least in my case, has a similar status to Kendrick Lamar's 'Untitled Unmastered’