Worldwide quarantine under COVID-19 might not feel so bad thanks to surprise projects such as ‘Dark Lane Demo Tapes’ mixtape by Drake. This is Drake’s fifth solo mixtape and a filler project before his sixth studio album. Among many collaborations on this album, “Pain 1993” with Playboi Carti stands out.
‘Dark Lane Demo Tapes’ album contains some previously released hits such as “When To Say when,” “Chicago Freestyle” and “Toosie Slide,” all within a few months in 2020. The album also suffered leaks with two of its tracks “From Florida with Love” and “Deep Pockets” in April 2020. The mixtape dropped on May 1, 2020.
The title of the song, “Pain 1993” is a tribute to the fashion designer Ian Connor’s motto, “Born from Pain 1993.” Ian is a friend of Drake and his former manager. However, the song is all about the two rapper’s swag in the music game!
Listen to “Pain 1993” by Drake and Plaboi Carti
In the first verse by Drake, he nods to Ian Coonor yet again. He remembers their old days when they were anti-social and without many friends. How things have changed now!
“I put some ice on her hand” refers to buying a girl some diamonds. But that was an advance because more of it is yet to come. Lucky for Drake it was only an advance, because the woman got back with her ex. But Drake couldn’t be bothered. He has bigger goals in life, and life keeps on flowing.
After mentioning that he bought a breachfront mansion in Turks and Caicos, Drake moves on to finish his verse by saying that he did not make his fortunes by beefing in the industry. But he would not back down from one if it comes to it as well.
Playboi Carti’s verse focuses on bragging about his lavish lifestyle. His Bentley car, Goyard luxury bag, Christian Dior clothing, spending thousands of dollars in a night, and so on. The punchline comes when he adds “Remember I used to sleep on the floor…”
Let us hear what you think about this collaboration between Drake and Playboi Carti in the comments below. Check out the full lyrics and further meaning breakdown on Genius.