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Has Drake achieved GOAT status? – Dark Lane Demo Tapes review

World Renowned artist Drake has released his first album in two years, dropping his newest project Dark Lane Demo Tapes in early May. Dark Lane Demo Tapes will have you head bobbing and rapping while making your daily commute to work with his tuneful beats and catchy lyrics.


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This is Drake’s first album since his 2018 release Scorpion, which broke records with over 170 million streams and became platinum on the day it was released.

His new project didn’t fair as well though, still topping the charts in Australia, selling 225,783 copies in the first week and debuting in the second spot on the Billboard Top 200. The album extended Drake’s record of most total Billboard 100 hits with 222, with all 14 songs from his recent release making the top 100. His hit single and viral TikTok dance-along Toosie Slide finished the week in fourth spot after being number one during the songs initial release.

But how do these albums compare?

Well on the numbers above you’d say that Scorpion tops his latest release, but on a song-by-song basis I would say Dark Lane Demo Tapes has its measure.

Dark Lane’s ability to keep you listening throughout the whole 14 songs is a huge factor to this album’s success. Even with Drake’s memorable singles from Scorpion, God’s Plan, Nice For What and In My Feelings, with 25 songs on the album, you find yourself skipping the odd one or two, but it’s a different story with Dark Lane.

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Dark Lane Demo Tapes brings back the Drake sound we all love, with his bopping beats and smart rhymes. He makes the audience dance and sing along while listening.

Disc two of the Scorpion album bought out a different side of Drake, showing some tenacity and anger in his lyrics. ‘Drizzy’ raps about his rumoured son, which foe Pusha-T told the world about in a beef reportedly spanning 15 years. 

Dark Lane Demo Tapes is one of Drake’s best yet, with songs like Time Flies and Plain 1993 (which features Playboi Carti) which will be played over and over again for years to come.

Drake’s second track on the album When To Say When has an ‘old Drake’ feeling to it, taking the audience back to his earlier albums such as If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late (2015) and Nothing Was The Same (2013).

Drake has produced an absolute banging album once more, with the debate for his ‘Greatest of All Time’ status growing even more with the release of Dark Lane Demo Tapes.

An outstanding album with great depth and sounds, it’s right up there with one of Drake’s greatest pieces of work.

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