Written by Sam Hadelman
Drake’s talents finally landed in Brooklyn this week with the release of his long-awaited collaboration with Fivio Foreign and Sosa Geek on the track “Demons”.
Since teased on Instagram live, fans have been dying to hear Drake’s take on the Brooklyn Drill movement. On his latest project Dark Lane Demo Tape, Drake tries his hand at adapting the style that has been running rampant throughout Brooklyn. By having two of Brooklyn drill’s forefathers, Fivio Foreign and Sosa Geek, on the track, Drake was almost guaranteed success in this subgenre. Drake’s greatest strength is his transformative style that adapts to the landscape he dictates, and “Demons” is a perfect snapshot of this strategy reigning supreme.
The track is a pure adrenaline rush, with Drake effortless embracing the stylistic choices of Brooklyn at the moment. Hearing him utter the phrases “movie” and “viral” almost feels too natural for someone who is not directly involved with the Brooklyn drill scene, and only speaks volumes to Drake’s ability to hop on any wave gracefully. The production from frequent drill producer JB MADE IT sets the scene even further, producing a track that fits perfectly within the confines of Brooklyn drill.
As for Fivio Foreign and Sosa Geek, they bring the same unquenchable energy that the track that has brought them the unadulterated success they have seen so far. Having a track with Drake is a cultural moment for any developed music scene, and Fivio Foreign and Sosa Geek are true representatives of the movement as a whole. They do not form their verses for Drake’s audience, instead the track oozes the authenticity that their music regularly exhibits, yet at a higher stage. Specifically, Fivio Foreign’s hit-making style bleeds through the track in a way that gives the record the signature Brooklyn sound it needed to be a valid attempt at creating the drill sound.
Brooklyn drill has been the wave since its inception, and it did not need a co-sign from Drake to achieve this status. This was more of an effort for Drake to create a record that could live within the confines of Brooklyn drill rather than the inverse, and that is the recipe for a hit. “Demons” is a dark, gloomy track that is a prime indicator of how far the success of the subgenre will go, and that it’s confines do not live strictly within the ecology of Brooklyn.