Song by Drake Featured artist: Playboi Carti Produced by Pi’erre Bourne Album: Dark Lane Demo Tapes Released: 1 May 2020
“Pain 1993” is a nod to fashion designer Ian Connor’s motto, “Born from Pain 1993.” Ian is a longtime friend of Drake and Carti and he was previously Carti’s manager. Carti even named a song after him in 2015.
The track was revealed on June 7, 2019, by Ian on Twitter in a screenshot reading “Drake x Carti – ‘Pain 1993’ Noel Ref 1,“ with “Noel” indicating that it was engineered by OVO Noel and “Ref 1” indicating that it is the first reference of the track.
Snippets of Drake’s vocals in the reference were leaked in January 2020. Drake previewed his chorus and verse in full on April 7, 2020, on Instagram Live, asking his fans to tell Carti to release it.