Dark Lane Demo Tapes - Drake

6.3

NME

4.0/10

Shawn Cee

7.0/10

Meami

7.0/10

HipHopDX

7.2/10

Exclaim!

7.0/10

Rolling Stone

6.0/10

AllMusic

6.0/10

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 –Luke Morgan Britton (NME)

Drake decided to drop a compilation/tape of loosies & what seem to unfinished tracks before the release of his 6th studio album coming this summer. Though expectations aren’t high, Drake manages to take it easy with these cuts. –Shawn Cee

Even though I’ve heard about 6 of these tracks already from leaks I must say I’m not disappointed but not wow’d either. –Meami

Even with its faults, Dark Lane Demo Tapes has already built anticipation for his next album scheduled for this summer. Intentional or not, he’s captured the shared sadness of the moment; a fitting soundtrack to the grim reality we all currently live in. –Josh Svetz (HipHopDX)

There’s nothing groundbreaking here, but that doesn’t matter. This album is a hit, whether you like it or not. –Riley Wallace (Exclaim!)

On songs like these, where Drake openly appropriates regional styles, his search for meaning as a global pop superstar comes into greater focus—both his ambition and loneliness. –Danny Schwartz (Rolling Stone)

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. Nothing here quite rises to that level, but overall it’s a solid entry in his ever growing catalog. –Tim Sendra (AllMusic)

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