Drake has finally released his long-awaited “Certified Lover Boy” album.
Drake’s long-awaited sixth studio album was released on Friday and is now available on all streaming platforms.
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Fans of the Toronto-born singer had been waiting almost a year and a half since he unveiled the album artwork — a colorful grid of 12 pregnant woman emojis created by British artist Damien Hirst — and revealed the official release date after subtly teasing it on ESPN’s “SportsCenter.”
Future, Jay-Z, Kid Cudi, Giveon, 21 Savage, Lil Durk, Tems, Ty Dolla $ign, Project Pat, and Yebba – some of the artists included on the 21-track masterpiece — were unveiled via a huge billboard campaign that hit their hometowns throughout the week.
Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, and Rick Ross, all frequent collaborators, also feature on “Certified Lover Boy.”
“Champagne Poetry,” the album’s first track, samples the Beatles’ “Michelle,” while “TSU” samples the beginning of R. Kelly’s 1998 song “Half on a Baby.”
The Grammy Award-winning artist (also known as Champagne Papi and Drizzy) initially teased the new album last summer with the song “Laugh Now Cry Later,” which featured Lil Durk, and then hinted at a full-length album release in January 2021.
“Certified Lover Boy” is his first studio album since “Scorpion” in 2018.
The “Way 2 Sexy” (with Young Thug and Future) music video was released early Friday afternoon.
The over-the-top video, directed by Dave Meyers, is a jaw-dropping, eye-popping visual frenzy of playful animation and beautiful recreations of pop culture touchstones that many find attractive.
Drake returns to his roots as an actor in “Way 2 Sexy,” which opens with him reciting the refrain from Right Said Fred’s 1992 earworm “I’m Too Sexy.” The former “Degrassi: The Next Generation” star plays a 1980s workout video instructor, a bare-bellied beachcomber well past his prime, and even a swashbuckling romance novel protagonist.