“Laugh Now, Cry Later” [Drake, feat. Lil Durk]

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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

  • This can be a reference to drinking or taking some drug, and the lady is taking it too quickly. She wants to live fast and recklessly.

We took a trip, now we on your block and it’s like a ghost town, baby

  • He and his crew took a break, possibly from recording. The “block” is the same as a street or a neighborhood in most cases, often as a reference to the hood. The ghost town refers to there being no one around who wants to speak up or criticize him to his face. 

Where do these n***** be at when they say they doin’ all this and all that?

  • “This and that” is a way to generalize a series of actions. Another variation is “All that.” Again, he refers to no one being around to criticize him to his face.

Tired of beefin’ you bums, you can’t even pay me enough to react

  • “To beef” or “to have beef” is to have a problem, conflict, or some other kind of rivalry with another person. It’s usually used to talk about rappers and singers who are rivals, but not always. A “bum” is generally a homeless person. Sometimes it’s used as an insult to people that you don’t like, or who have poor qualities.

Been wakin’ up in the crib and sometimes I don’t even know where I’m at

  • The “crib” is the same as a home or house. Normally, crib is where you put a baby to sleep.

Please don’t play that n**** songs in this party, I can’t even listen to that

  • He sounds like he doesn’t like a certain singer’s songs. Probably talking down on certain, more recent singers’ styles.

Anytime that I ran into somebody, it must be a victory lap, ayy

  • The “victory lap” is a run made after someone has already won something.

Shawty, come sit on my lap, ayy, they sayin’ Drizzy just snap

  • “Shawty” or “shorty” is a popular way in some communities to call a girl or woman. Drizzy is another name for Drake. “Just snap” is a reference to his king-like power, as in he only has to snap and people will attend to him.

Distance between us is not like a store, this isn’t a closeable gap, ayy _ I’ve seen some n***** attack and don’t end up makin’ it back

  • “Making it back,” meaning that their careers don’t survive.

I know that they at the crib goin’ crazy, down bad

  • They are feeling down, sad, etc.

What they had didn’t last, damn, baby _ 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 n***** be at when they say they doin’ all this and all that? _ I’m in the trenches, relax

  • The “trenches” is some kind of situation that is tight and has a lot of pressure. The reference comes from wars when soldiers had to fight in the trenches.

Can you not play that lil’ boy in the club? ‘Cause we do not listen to rats

  • Again, a reference to some new artist whose style he doesn’t like. A “rat” in this case refers to someone perceived as dirty, not cool or interesting, with a bad quality in some way.

We in Atlanta, I buy her a wig, she tellin’ me Tae is the best

  • Arrogant Tae is a popular hair stylist that spends lots of time in Atlanta.

Point at the n**** who act like a killer, but you only one from the ‘net

  • It sounds like he’s calling an attacker (in other words a killer) a fake or a bluff since he only has the courage to attack on the internet.

I’m like DaBaby, I’m not just a rapper, you play with me, you gon’ get stretched

  • “Stretched” is the same as put on an ambulance stretcher; basically, put in the hospital. “Play” here refers to starting trouble, not playing for fun. He refers to DaBaby because he’s a rapper who allegedly killed someone to protect himself.

Bring Drake to the hood, surround Drake around Dracs

  • “Dracs” refers to a Draco, a kind of AK-47 rifle. 

Even though I got a case, I’ma do what it take

  • A “case” is often used to talk about having a criminal case against oneself. *“I’m going to do what it takes.”

And I never been embraced

  • He’s never been taken care of, nurtured, hugged, or otherwise accepted in some community.

And the money’s hard to make _ So I bet they on they face right now

  • Referring to other rappers being with their face to the ground, crying or upset.

I know that they at the crib goin’ crazy, down bad _ What they had didn’t last, damn, baby _ 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 n***** be at when they say they doin’ all this and all that? _ 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’

  • The Ritz is a chain of famous, very expensive hotels. *Forgot about the Bentley (car).

Valet just called me to tell me come get it _ Knocked that boy off and I don’t want no credit

  • To “knock (someone) off” is to take them out of power, fame, or anything that gives them success. *Double negatives!

If it was me, they wouldn’t regret it

  • *If it were me …

Left me for dead and now they wan’ dead it, yeah

  • Someone left him to die, but now they want to die. This isn’t supposed to be literal, but the intention is strong.

Heart is still beatin’, my n***** still eatin’

  • “Eating” refers to people making money, so they have plenty of food to eat. 

Backyard, it look like the Garden of Eden _ Pillow talk with ’em, she spillin’ the tea

  • “Pillow talk” is the intimate kind of conversation people have together, generally in the seclusion of their own bed or house. Drinking tea is often a reference to British or high class society, though not always. “Spilling the tea” would mean that a lady Drake is with is not used to high class things, so she spills the tea. It can also mean that she made a mess or was being messy in their relationship.

And then shawty came back and said she didn’t mean it _ It’s hard to believe it

Then the lyrics repeat.

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