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Laugh Now Cry Later – Drake ft. Lil Durk

Laugh Now Cry Later – Drake ft. Lil Durk Description

Laugh Now Cry Later” is a song by Canadian rapper Drake featuring American rapper Lil Durk. It was released as the lead single from Drake’s upcoming sixth studio album Certified Lover Boy through Republic Records and OVO Sound on August 14, 2020.

Commercially, the song debuted at number two on the Billboard Hot 100, and number-one in Drake’s native Canada.

Laugh Now Cry Later Background

On August 12, 2020, Drake posted a clip of himself and another person riding jet skis at night on his social media. The post was accompanied by the caption “TMRW MIDNIGHT 🤍”. Upon release, it turned out that the song’s music video also entailed an upcoming collaboration between Drake and Nike, Inc..

Laugh Now Cry Later Critical reception

Jeremy D. Larson of Pitchfork praised Drake’s delivery, calling the song “one of the lightest and breeziest Drake songs to come out in a while”. He further described his presence as “effortlessly cool and simple”, while “Lil Durk shows up as a perfect counterpart”. Complex thought the song was “a vibe, but not an obvious hit record”, neither a “by-the-numbers pop radio play or a hard-hitting club record”. According to Charles Holmes at Rolling Stone, the song “sounds like Drake featuring Drake”, further explaining that the song “is the embodiment of what happens when you surround real Drake with a room full of past Drakes, like a tortured Canadian reboot of Being John Malkovich“.

Laugh Now Cry Later Music video

Laugh Now Cry Later official music video was released on August 13, 2020, and was directed by Dave Meyers. It was shot at Nike’s headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, thus receiving criticism for advertising the company and resembling a commercial.

Laugh Now Cry Later video features shots predominantly of Drake engaging in different sporting activities: boxing underwater (as a reference to Muhammad Ali), running on a treadmill in Nike’s sports-science lab, and going on a shopping spree in a closed down Nike store, as well as Durk and Drake riding jet skis and Drake posing in oversized white, and cream colored suits with Durk (as a reference to LeBron James). The video also includes several cameos from athletes, including Kevin Durant, Odell Beckham Jr., and Marshawn Lynch.

Laugh Now Cry Later Personnel

Credits adapted from Tidal.

  • Drake – lead vocals, songwriting
  • Lil Durk – featured vocals, songwriting
  • Cardo – songwriting, production
  • G. Ry – songwriting, production
  • Yung Exclusive – songwriting, production
  • Rogét Chahayed – songwriting, production
  • Noel Cadastre – recording
  • Noah “40” Shebib – mixing
  • Chris Athens – mixing

Laugh Now Cry Later Charts

Chart (2020) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA) 3
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 19
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 47
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia) 3
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 1
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100) 57
Denmark (Tracklisten) 20
France (SNEP) 50
Germany (Official German Charts) 25
Global 200 (Billboard) 5
Hungary (Single Top 40) 33
Hungary (Stream Top 40) 21
Ireland (IRMA) 5
Italy (FIMI) 59
Netherlands (Single Top 100) 22
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 3
Norway (VG-lista) 9
Portugal (AFP) 10
Romania (Airplay 100) 64
Scotland (OCC) 42
Singapore (RIAS) 18
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100) 36
Spain (PROMUSICAE) 86
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 14
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 5
UK Singles (OCC) 4
UK R&B (OCC) 2
US Billboard Hot 100 2
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard) 2
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard) 26
US Rhythmic (Billboard) 1
US Rolling Stone Top 100 1

Aubrey Drake Graham (born October 24, 1986) is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, and entrepreneur. A prominent figure in popular music, Drake is widely credited for popularizing the Toronto sound to the music industry. He first gained recognition as an actor on the teen drama television series Degrassi: The Next Generation (2001-2007); intent on pursuing a career in music, he left the series in 2007 after releasing his debut mixtape Room for Improvement. He released two further independent projects, Comeback Season and So Far Gone, before signing to Young Money Entertainment in June 2009.

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Laugh Now Cry Later – Drake ft. Lil Durk Lyrics

[Intro: Drake]
Woah, woah
Yeah

[Chorus: Drake]
Sometimes we laugh and sometimes we cry, but I guess you know now, baby
I took a half and she took the whole thing, slow down, baby
We took a trip, now we on your block and it’s like a ghost town, baby
Where do these niggas be at when they say they doin’ all this and all that?

[Verse 1: Drake]
Tired of beefin’ you bums, you can’t even pay me enough to react
Been wakin’ up in the crib and sometimes I don’t even know where I’m at
Please don’t play that nigga songs in this party, I can’t even listen to that
Anytime that I ran into somebody, it must be a victory lap, ayy
Shawty, come sit on my lap, ayy, they sayin’ Drizzy just snap
Distance between us is not like a store, this isn’t a closeable gap, ayy
I’ve seen some niggas attack and don’t end up makin’ it back

[Pre-Chorus: Drake]
I know that they at the crib goin’ crazy, down bad
What they had didn’t last, damn, baby

[Chorus: Drake]
Sometimes we laugh and sometimes we cry, but I guess you know now, baby
I took a half and she took the whole thing, slow down, baby
We took a trip, now we on your block and it’s like a ghost town, baby
Where do these niggas be at when they say they doin’ all this and all that? [Verse 2: Lil Durk & Drake]
I’m in the trenches, relax
Can you not play that lil’ boy in the club? ‘Cause we do not listen to rats
We in Atlanta, I buy her a wig, she tellin’ me Tae is the best
Point at the nigga who act like a killer, but you only one from the ‘net
I’m like DaBaby, I’m not just a rapper, you play with me, you gon’ get stretched
Ooh-oh
Bring Drake to the hood, surround Drake around Dracs
Even though I got a case, I’ma do what it take
And I never been embraced
And the money’s hard to make
So I bet they on they face right now

[Pre-Chorus: Drake]
I know that they at the crib goin’ crazy, down bad
What they had didn’t last, damn, baby

[Chorus: Drake]
Sometimes we laugh and sometimes we cry, but I guess you know now, baby
I took a half and she took the whole thing, slow down, baby
We took a trip, now we on your block and it’s like a ghost town, baby
Where do these niggas be at when they say they doin’ all this and all that?

[Verse 3: Drake]
When he tell the story, that’s not how it went
Know they be lyin’, a hundred percent
Moved out the Ritz and forgot ’bout the Bent’
Valet just called me to tell me come get it
Knocked that boy off and I don’t want no credit
If it was me, they wouldn’t regret it
Left me for dead and now they wan’ dead it, yeah
Heart is still beatin’, my niggas still eatin’
Backyard, it look like the Garden of Eden
Pillow talk with ’em, she spillin’ the tea
And then shawty came back and said she didn’t mean it
It’s hard to believe it [Pre-Chorus: Drake]
I know that they at the crib goin’ crazy, down bad
What they had didn’t last, damn, baby

[Chorus: Drake]
Sometimes we laugh and sometimes we cry, but I guess you know now, baby
I took a half and she took the whole thing, slow down, baby
We took a trip, now we on your block and it’s like a ghost town, baby
Where do these niggas be at when they say they doin’ all this and all that?

Laugh Now Cry Later – Drake ft. Lil Durk Music Video

Laugh Now Cry Later – Drake ft. Lil Durk Image

About Laugh Now Cry Later – Drake ft. Lil Durk

Artist Drake
Featured Artist Lil Durk
Album Certified Lover Boy
Release Date August 14, 2020
Length 4:21
Genre Hip hop, R&B
Label Republic Records
Songwriter(s) Aubrey Graham, Ronald LaTour, Ryan Martinez, Daveon Jackson, Rogét Chahayed, Durk Banks
Producer(s) Cardo, G. Ry, Yung Exclusive, Chahayed
Format Digital download, Streaming
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