DRAKE fans go wild as he announced A-list Certified Lover Boy collaborators on BILLBOARDS across the US.
The rapper confirmed the new album’s release date of September 3rd on Instagram after delaying the project’s first scheduled release date in January.
Drake, 34, gave fans a taste of what to expect on the upcoming album by dropping names of artists who appear on the record on various billboards in major US cities.
On an Atlanta, Georgia billboard, the Grammy award-winner revealed that “Slime, Pluto, Savage, and Baby” (Young Thug, Future, 21 Savage, and Lil Baby) are special guests on the album.
While he confirmed Giveon and Ty Dolla $ign on a billboard in California, Memphis, Tennessee fans got words of Project Pat and Yebba making their guest spots.
A Chicago, Illinois billboard announced Lil Durk’s appearance while a billboard in New York hinted that Jay-Z would be featured on the album, reading: “Hey New York, the GOAT is on CLB.”
BIZARRE ALBUM COVER
Earlier this week, the Best I Ever Had singer left listeners baffled with the bizarre album artwork for Certified Lover Boy – designed by British artist Damien Hirst – featuring 12 emojis of pregnant women.
However, one fan reckons they’ve cracked a clue which they claim references the album’s delay.
They think the pregnant women emojis and the fact it’s being released on Labor Day weekend relate to the album being nine months late.
The fan tweeted: “This CLB cover makes so much sense because the album is 9 MONTHS late and is coming out over LABOR day weekend….
“Drake a genius fr.”
Other fans agreed with this theory, with one posting: “I hate that this is genuinely believable because this is the most Drake move ever lmao.”
Fans have been anticipating new music from the singer for nearly a year.
In October 2020, the Canadian artist announced that the follow up to 2018’s Scorpion would arrive in January 2021.
However, he updated fans later that month that the album would be delayed due to a surgery.
“I was planning to release my album this month but between surgery and rehab my energy has been dedicated to recovery,” Drake wrote.
“I’m blessed to be back on my feet feeling great and focused on the album, but CLB won’t be dropping in January.”
In March 2021, Drake also released the three-song Scary Hours 2 EP and joined Smiley and Brent Faiyaz on songs this year.
In May, he and Lil Wayne joined Nicki Minaj on “Seeing Green,” a new bonus track that accompanied the belated streaming debut of her 2009 mixtape Beam Me Up Scotty.
DRAKE VS. KANYE
Drake’s bombshell announcement comes on the heels of Kanye West finally delivering his 10th studio album, Donda.
The two rappers’ nasty feud has led to Drake’s fans reportedly vandalizing Kanye’s childhood home in Chicago.
Signs calling Kanye “burnt out” and promoting Certified Lover Boy, were spotted on the home’s front steps.
One sign read, “45 44 burnt out,” referencing Drake’s lyrics from his song “Betrayal,” in which he threw shade at Kanye.
Kanye and Drake have been feuding for years, ever since Drake appeared to insinuate that he had sex with Kanye’s now-ex Kim Kardashian.
On his track, In My Feelings, Drake rapped about having sex with a woman called Kiki, which is Kim’s family nickname.
The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star denied the rumors about Drake in a response to In My Feelings.
KANYE FIRES BACK
Last week, Kanye fired back with his new song, Ok Ok, off of his new album, which is titled after his late mother Donda.
On the track, the father-of-four raps: “Okay, now they got me, wanna rap again. Heal the wound and then you stab me in my back again.
“You the type to play the joke and try to hide your hand, not the type to come around and try to play your friend / You the type to cut the grass and snake your bestest man.”
He went on to not only blast Drake for making the comment about Kim but also to slam his rap game.
“You wanna come in and play with the G.O.A.T,” the lyrics continue. “All you rap n****s sound like me, can’t tell who is who / You got no real identity, can’t tell you from you.”
After Drake’s diss track Betrayal, Kanye “leaked Drake’s Toronto address” on Instagram in a post he later deleted.
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