Dark Lane Demo Tapes

Drake - Dark Lane Demo Tapes
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
User Score
Based on 944 ratings
2020 Ratings: #731
Liked by 22 people
May 1, 2020 / Release Date
Mixtape / Format
OVO, Republic / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

72
HipHopDX
Once again Drizzy has found a way to craft songs that will deeply resonate with some and less with others, continuing to get listeners to press play — quality be damned.
70
Exclaim!

As an appetizer to hold over fans until his album drops this summer, Dark Lane Demo Tapes serves its purpose. There's nothing groundbreaking here, but that doesn't matter. This album is a hit, whether you like it or not.

68
Pitchfork

Demo Tapes contains moments of precise delivery, sticky flows, and hooks primed to be enjoyed in the context of an arena show, but there’s a fair amount of well-tread material, too.

60
Rolling Stone

The 14-track surprise mixtape is heavy on reflection, without much fun.

60
AllMusic

This collection is a nice gift for fans who wanted all these stray tracks gathered up in one easily accessible place and shows that Drake's cast-offs aren't far from his keepers and his minor moves are still worth following just in case he comes up with something genius.

40
NME

Drizzy fails to learn the lessons from his previous album, 'Scorpion', on this bloated and unnecessary release, which veers from recycled ideas to outright duds.

40
The Guardian
There are flashes of skill and rawness in this odds-and-ends mixtape but it feels like a clumsy lunge at commercial success.
32
Beats Per Minute
For how long can this go on? Will our collective consciousness ever move on, or will Drake finally suffocate any and all originality to the point that we all forget what something resembling urgency felt like?
30
The Needle Drop
Drake drops another 'care package' that could've used more care.
20
The Young Folks

Drake used to be a pioneer of sound and style, but now I wonder if there’s even a place for him creatively anymore.

LarryDavid
100
Yea we know you all hate Drake, he has a God featured on Pain 1993 just enjoy greatness.
NickBrick
10
This is absolutely atrocious. This is drakes try at trying to make a Tik Tok soundtrack. How is this good and why is the score 91?

Ok so y’all hate me cuz y’all praising genericness. Drake has never been anything special to me. He has been overhyped to put it bluntly. However, I did rly enjoy If You’re Reading this, although it lacked anything special and just went hard. Drake, besides being an annoying and cringy individual, has made bad music for awhile now. I did not like ... read more
Doublez
72
Although he sits quietly in total comfort, Dark Lane Demo Tapes is a relaxed and fun new project that proves that he doesn't care about critics anymore. He's just making money and just making music, and I don't think we can finally blame him.

What can we expect from Drake today? Or at least what can we no longer expect from him? For me, nothing special. Drake is comfortably installed at the head of rap, more globally popular music as if no gossip, no critics and no beef could really stop him ... read more
davyd
76
At this point people are Just hating my man

Best Tracks: Chicago Freestyle, Desires, Deep Pockets, Pain 1993, From Florida with Love

Worst tracks: Toosie slide, War
AZIZ
77
The last few years of paranoia raps, albums filled with throwaways, and a very debilitating beef with Pusha T has definitely put Drake in a position to prove himself and make him hungry again. And today, during a pandemic, Drake drops his best album in 5 years. The confidence is back. The only negative is the song Toosie Slide, I still hate that song for everything it stands for.

EDIT 1: After 3 more listens, I do not think this is as great as initial listen, however, some of the aspects that ... read more
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Track List

  1. Deep Pockets
  2. When to Say When
  3. Chicago Freestyle (feat. Giveon)
  4. Not You Too (feat. Chris Brown)
  5. Toosie Slide
  6. Desires (feat. Future)
  7. Time Flies
  8. Landed
  9. D4L Freestyle (feat. Future & Young Thug)
  10. Pain 1993 (feat. Playboi Carti)
  11. Losses
  12. From Florida With Love
  13. Demons (feat. Fivio Foreign & Sosa Geek)
  14. War
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Added on: April 30, 2020