Drake first announced Boy in love certified, its formal Scorpion followed, in August 2020 when he also released “Laugh Now Cry Later”. A few months later, he teased a January 2021 release, but the album, of course, didn’t materialize. Instead, Drake pulled out his Scary Hours 2 EP, comprising three tracks. He then appeared in “Seeing Green” by Nicki Minaj, “Wasting Time” by Brent Faiyaz, “Over the Top” by Smiley and “Betrayal” by Trippie Redd.
On “Betrayal” Drake rapped “All these idiots, I’m beefy that I barely know / Forty-five, 44 (burned out), let him go / You don’t change a thing for me, it’s etched in the stone, ”as quoted by Genius. His words seemed to rekindle a simmering beef with Kanye West. Notably, the ever-evolving iTunes pre-order page for West’s new album. Donda indicates a release date of September 5.
Last year Drake dropped his Dark Lane Demonstration Tapes, a 14-track release with “Toosie Slide”, his Future collaboration “Desires”, and more. In 2019, Drake released Care package, a compilation of tracks originally released between 2010 and 2016. The project first brought fan favorites, such as “Girls Love Beyoncé” and “How About Now,” to streaming services.
Dark Lane Demonstration Tapes was the first Drake Project in 10 years that did not debut at No.1 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart, ending the streak that began with the release of Thank me later in 2010. He made an appearance on Lil Wayne’s Apple Music radio show Young Money Radio shortly after the mixtape was released to talk about the project, how the COVID-19 pandemic made him reconsider how he wanted to release music, and more.