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What Is Psychology Behind Drake ‘Laugh Now Cry Later’ Lyrics Meaning?


Drake ‘Laugh Now Cry Later’ Lyrics Meaning

Drake has come up with a big Nike advertisement as the music video for his new song titled ‘Laugh Now Cry Later’ with many hidden jabs and meaning in its lyrics. The song features Chicago rapper, Lil Durk. Even though the verse for Lil Durk is pretty short, it is probably the most important verse in the whole song. Today, we are going to analyze the song from a psychological aspect. We will be speculating what were the rappers thinking before they were jotting down the lyrics.

‘Laugh Now Cry Later’ is probably the biggest Nike advertisement as Drake showers himself with their products throughout the music video. Interestingly, the lyrics had many hidden jabs and hints at his former lovers and real-life enemies.

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Introduction: Laugh Now Cry Later Lyrics

The lyrics of ‘Laugh Now Cry Later’ has a typical Drake vibe where he tries to relay his wisdom as to living the life at the moment and dealing with one’s pain later. We all know the rapper can get really relatable to the emotional pain, going back to his Take Care era. Please do not flood our Twitter timeline with “Take Care is The Weeknd album.” We are not ready for this conversation. It is the leading single from the rapper’s upcoming sixth album, CERTIFIED LOVER BOY.

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

Notable Lyrics For ‘Laugh Now Cry Later’ by Drake

Laugh Now Cry Later Lyrics Meaning

Let’s dissect the meaning behind the lyrics of the song ‘Laugh Now Cry Later’ by Drake section-wise in detail. Before that let’s point out a few facts from the song.

Facts About ‘Laugh Now Cry Later’ Song by Drake

  1. The title of the song ‘Laugh Now Cry Later’ could have been influenced by the late rapper 2Pac who had a tattoo of the phrase, “smile now, cry later” on his back
  2. Lil Durk has a feature on it but it is very short and is yet the most important part of the song
  3. Drake is probably simply dissing Kanye West with the “ghost town” reference and reveals that he is tired of the beef

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[Intro/ Chorus/ Pre-Chorus: Drake]

The chorus section of the song highlights the theme of the title of the song. Drake has made it very clear that his playlist consists of 2Pac classics. He has tried his best to reveal his weird connection with the late rapper. It’s so painfully obvious that he is influenced by 2Pac and it can be seen in the prints of the merchandise he sells from his company OVO (October’s Very Own). The psychology behind this could easily be the fact that Drake is influenced by 2Pac.

However, we can double down on the fact that Drake has been deemed a “culture-vulture” by the hip-hop community. Perhaps, it is a way of giving back the taste of his success to the community that made him who he is in the first place. Also, further, the rapper is likely dissing his arch-rivals, Kanye West and Pusha T for claims of having the power to destroy the career of Drake but at the end of the day, Drake gets bigger and bigger.

[Verse 1: Drake]

Drake throws shots at Kanye West and Pusha T in this section as well. It seems as though he has not been able to forgive them for dropping the bombshell, ‘The Story of Adidon‘ where Pusha T reveals the fatherhood of Drake. The rivalry is so toxic that Drake cannot even listen to the songs by Ye and Pusha T. Then, the rapper once again throws shots at Ye for signing his brand ‘Yeezy’ with another average brand ‘Gap’ while he has been signing deals with a big name such as Nike.

[Verse 2: Lil Durk & Drake]

While Drake is throwing shots at his arch-rivals, Lil Durk is throwing shots at the present-day face who no one likes, Tekashi 6ix9ine. It’s obvious that Lil Durk is representing the sentiments of the entire hip-hop community for not supporting 6ix9ine and his characters. He openly calls 6ix9ine “a rat” and tells people to not play his music. Then, Durk talks about protecting Drake by surrounding with “Dracs”. Personally, I believe this rhyme is very clever.

[Verse 3: Drake]

Drake is reflecting on his beef with Meek Mill in this verse. The rapper has been accused of using ghostwriters for his music. We know for a fact that the entire community is doubling down on this statement after The Weeknd came out and said he wrote quite a few songs for what is considered Drake’s classic album, Take Care. Then, Drake goes back to his beef with Pusha T and how he might have gotten the information about his child.

Conclusion: Laugh Now Cry Later Meaning

The literal meaning of ‘Laugh Now Cry Later’ is to live in the moment and to deal with one’s problems later. Drake has shared his wisdom in the lyrics as well as the music video for the song.

What do you think is the meaning behind the lyrics of the song ‘Laugh Now Cry Later’ by Drake? Let us know in the comments section below or on Twitter @laviasco.

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    Thanks for breaking down the psychological meanings behind Drake’s ‘Laugh Now Cry Later’ lyrics. I never knew that his use of the phrase ‘cosmic surgery’ could be related to the concept of self-discovery and personal growth. It’s fascinating to see how artists can use their music to tell deeper stories and share their personal experiences with their listeners. Keep up the great work!

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