D4L Freestyle
by Drake (featuring Future & Young Thug)

Album: Dark Lane Demo Tapes (2020)
Charted: 19
Play Video


  • D4L was an Atlanta hip-hop quartet whose name stood for "Down For Life." They are best known for their 2005 single "Laffy Taffy," which topped the Hot 100. Here, Drake pays tribute to the rap group.
  • D4L comprised Fabo, Mook-B, Stoney, and Shawty Lo. Here, Drake shouts out Stoney, also known as Stuntman.

    D4L, Stunna Man, man, what's hannenin'?

    D4L popularized the phrase "what's hannenin'" on their 2005 track "I'm Da Man." Drake later interpolated the term at the start of his 2010 cut "Miss Me."

    I said "Tell me what's really goin' on"
    Drizzy back up in this thing, I'm ready, what's hannenin'?
  • Future and Young Thug join Drake on the track, and each give shout-outs to the labels they founded:

    FBG, OVO, what's hannenin'?
    YSL bandana, man, what's hannenin'?

    Future's label is "Freebrand" or "FBG." Drake reps his "OVO," and Young Thug's label is Young Stoner Life, otherwise known as "YSL."
  • The rest of "D4L" is braggadocios rapping, as the three artists flex about their luxury lifestyles and all the women drawn to them.
  • Drake and Future are regular collaborators; their other joint recordings include the mixtape What A Time to Be Alive, which they released in 2015, and the 2020 single "Life Is Good."

    This is the third time Drake and Young Thug have worked together on disc. Thugger previously contributed to Drizzy's 2017 More Life tracks "Sacrifices" and "Ice Melts."
  • Regular Future collaborator Southside supplied the beat. It's a remix of another of his productions, Dreezy and 2 Chainz's January 2018 track "2nd to None."

Comments: 1

  • Piper from San Francisco"my stool is loose, I share a needle with goose, try to cheese, try to fry, yesterday is the only goodbye....."

    DL4 2020, we live it here on the streets, came down from Portland and I sing this song every night, really gets in my blood, almost cry when I hear the words yesterday is the only goodbye, D rake from Canada
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Gentle Giant

Gentle GiantSongwriter Interviews

An interview with Ray and Derek Shulman of the progressive rock band Gentle Giant to discuss counterpoint, polyrhythms, and... Bon Jovi.

Ed Roland of Collective Soul

Ed Roland of Collective SoulSongwriter Interviews

The stories behind "Shine," "December," "The World I Know" and other Collective Soul hits.

Kerry Livgren of Kansas

Kerry Livgren of KansasSongwriter Interviews

In this talk from the '80s, the Kansas frontman talks turning to God and writing "Dust In The Wind."

James Williamson of Iggy & the Stooges

James Williamson of Iggy & the StoogesSongwriter Interviews

The Stooges guitarist (and producer of the Kill City album) talks about those early recordings and what really happened with David Bowie.

Verdine White of Earth, Wind & Fire

Verdine White of Earth, Wind & FireSongwriter Interviews

The longtime bassist of Earth, Wind & Fire discusses how his band came to do a holiday album, and offers insight into some of the greatest dance/soul tunes of all-time.

Martyn Ware of Heaven 17

Martyn Ware of Heaven 17Songwriter Interviews

Martyn talks about producing Tina Turner, some Heaven 17 hits, and his work with the British Electric Foundation.