Drake Announced the Official Release Date for His New Album ‘Certified Lover Boy’

Drake confirmed in an Instagram post Monday morning that his sixth studio album, Certified Lover Boy, will be released on all streaming platforms this coming Friday, September 3rd. Not only did he reveal the date but also an image of a dozen pregnant women emojis of all different races. This unpopular choice for his album cover art has stirred up chatter about the meaning behind it. Now fans have multiple theories about the correlation between the album being delayed nine months and the album set to drop Labor Day weekend. 

Drake released the ‘Certified Lover Boy’ cover art

With high anticipation continuously sparked in the rap game for new music, many fans patiently awaited Drake’s next album. Now that he finally announced its due date (no pun intended), people are wondering what the cover art signifies. 

Twitter users reacted almost immediately: one handle wrote: “Apparently this is because it’s exactly 9 months from the original release date.”

Another fan joked, “Drake knows the power his music has. certified lover boy about to get us all pregnant.” A third fan chimed in: “we doing exactly what he wanted us to do, shock value promotes the fastest.”

While fans gave several mixed reviews, the commonality between them all appeared to be the hope for stellar content in the end. 

Drake and Kanye West are releasing albums in the same week

Drake poses with awards in a cream suit while smiling as winner of the Artist of the Decade Award, poses backstage for the 2021 Billboard Music Awards, broadcast on May 23, 2021 at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.
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Earlier this month on August 21, prior to Drake’s SportsCenter teaser being released he apparently reignited a feud with Kanye West that began in 2007.

The conflict resurfaced conveniently around the dramatic release of West’s 10th studio album, DONDA. The alleged verse that fueled the fire was on the rapper, Trippie Redd’s album on the track “Betrayal.” Drake rapped, “Ye ain’t changin’ s— for me, it’s set in stone.” 

West promptly responded by posting an image on Instagram of a hostile group chat, and then allegedly revealed Drake’s home address (which he swiftly deleted).

Though technically speaking, Certified Lover Boy is the complete successor to his 2018’s Scorpion, Drake has released some new material in between. These periodic drops have prepared fans to compare West’s and Drake’s body of work, judging who will take the crown.

The rapper shared a hint about what to expect from the album

Gunna and Drake talking and smiling as they attend Gunna's birthday celebration with Noir Blanc Champagne at Highlight Room on June 14, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.
Drake and Gunna Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Noir Blanc

The Canadian actor, singer, and rapper is known for not only providing record-breaking hits continuously but also curating a contagious vibe worldwide. With at least one track for every album he has dropped, Drake has ranked on Billboard’s Top 10.

That said, it’s no wonder why fans have been more or less upset and in disbelief that the release of Certified Lover Boy needed to be delayed nine months. He initially promised the release date for January, yet postponed it for apparent health recovery reasons. 

He relayed to the public through his Instagram story earlier this year, saying:

“I was planning to release my album this month but between surgery and rehab, my energy has been dedicated to recovery. I’m blessed to be back on my feet and feeling great and focused on the album, but CLB won’t be dropping in January.” 

Yet, in March he issued the three-song Scary Hours 2 EP. On one hand, he, unfortunately, gave false hope that the album would be released sooner than it was. But, on the other hand, with the complementary features of Lil Baby and Rick Ross, it could’ve possibly been the sneak peek people anticipated for what to expect on Certified Lover Boy

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