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Drake’s new release shows a new side

Drake’s new release shows a new side

Four out of Five Stars

By Chloe Gregg
Staff Writer

Drake’s newest album, “Dark Lane Demo Tapes,” presents a version of Drake many people have never heard before.

Although his first release off the album, “Toosie Slide,” is exactly what one might expect from Drake, with its catchy chorus and quick-flow verses, there is also an almost sad, wistful aspect to it. This release prepared listeners for what is to come.

The album features a number of popular artists in the hip-hop and rap industry, including Chris Brown, Future, Young Thug and Playboi Carti, as well as a few lesser-known artists.

Although technically not a studio album given its mix-tape nature, “Dark Lane Demo Tapes” is filled with gloomy songs from the past in preparation for his actual studio album release in the summer of 2020. This is Drake’s first mix-tape rap album.

“Demons,” featuring lesser-known artists such as Fivio Foreign and Sosa Geek, offers a steady flow, and presents a new sound to Drake’s music. Fivio Foreign and Sosa Geek particularly shine in this song with their catchy lines and back-to-back flows.

Beginning with a wistful talk-through intro, “When To Say When” is similar to Kendrick Lamar’s style of no chorus and all flow. Drake rants about people who have done him wrong in the past, and knowing when to leave.

Of all the songs on the album, “Chicago Freestyle,” featuring Giveon, is my favorite. Keeping to the gloomy theme, this song showcases Drake’s ability to rap through even a slow, sad song. I also really love Giveon’s soft vocals during not only the chorus, but in the background while Drake is rapping.

The new release is available on Spotify, among other sites.

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