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Did Drake Have Ghostwriters for 'Dark Lane Demo Tapes?'

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By Desmund Ullrich

Very rarely do artists create music without some sort of collaboration from other songwriters, music producers, or mix masters. However, Drake's collaborations have long been teased for being on the borderline of 'ghostwriting,' or so his rivals say, due to the fact that many of the people that lay hands on his music aren't always credited.

Now with the release of his new commercial mixtape, 'Dark Lane Demo Tapes,' the 'Toosie Slide' rapper is being completely transparent about all of his collaborators.

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Fans Have Been Waiting For Almost Two Years For A Drake Album

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During the beginning of the shutdowns caused by the coronavirus pandemic back in early-March, Drake began to tease the release of his new project but never confirmed the date. Instead, the Canadian rapper dropped four music videos, 'Toosie Slide,' 'Oprah's Bank Account' with Lil Yachty, and DaBaby, 'Loyal' with PARTYNEXTDOOR, and 'When To Say When & Chicago Freestyle.'

While fans were beginning to think that Drake would be waiting even longer to release his next project, he released 'Dark Lane Demo Tapes' on May 1, 2020.

Drake Is Just Trying To Relieve Some Pressure

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While 'Dark Lane Demo Tapes' is not his expected project, it is said to be a 'warm-up' to Drake's upcoming sixth album release in the summer of 2020. Drake described the 14-track project as a collection of 'leaks and joints from SoundCloud' and 'some new vibes.'

On Instagram, he tagged his manager/OVO founder Oliver El-Khatib and producer/engineer Noel Cadastre and credited them for putting the tape together, making it seem that the 'God's Plan' rapper was feeling the pressure from his fans.

Drake Has Been Accused Of Using Ghostwriters Since 2015

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'Dark Lane Demo Tapes' makes the second non-studio album released by Drake since his 2018 critically acclaimed album, 'Scorpion.' Funny enough, it is one of the multiple albums that the rapper has been accused of utilizing the ghostwriter Quentin Miller to produce.

Miller, however, has spoken out time and time again has denying the rumor originally started by Meek Mill who accused him of playing a large part in the 'If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late' project. Back in a 2015 Tumblr post, Miller admits that he has had a working relationship with Drake since the project but it was completed before their collaboration began.

There Were 17 Collaborators On The Project

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This time Drake isn't taking any chances with 'Dark Lane Demo Tapes,' he has named his collaborations with up-and-comers like Noah '40' Shebib, Plain Pat, Alonzo 'Roxx' Thornhill, D.Hill, and others. All in all, there are seventeen collaborators mentioned in the project.

Drake also spoke about Dark Lane Demo Tapes during an appearance on Lil Wayne's Young Money Radio on Friday.

'We pieced a lot of those songs together and I put a few new joints on there, but really it was just instead of dropping a single right now,' he said. 'It's an interesting time for us all as musicians to figure out how this works and what people need. And I just felt like people would appreciate maybe a body of something to listen to as opposed to just one isolated song.'

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