Since last releasing ‘Scorpion’ back in 2018, Drake has been relatively quiet on the music front. With multiple projects in between – the 34-year-old Canadian native released multiple singles (such as ‘Tootsie Slide’ in 2019), a compilation album (‘Care Package’), and a mixtape (‘Dark Lane Demo Tapes) – Champagne Papi seemed to have taken a back seat in music. Since the introduction of his now 3-year-old son Adonis, we’ve instead seen more glimpses of Drake as Aubrey Graham the father.
In April, Drake announced his plans to drop his sixth full-length studio album with a post captioned:
“My 6th STUDIO ALBUM DROPPING SUMMER 2020!!! Lucky number 6. Soon fwd,”
Nevertheless, when summer rolled around, Drake merely revealed that D6 will be named ‘Certified Lover Boy’, depriving fans of the album and more tangible release date (maybe the album, like many productions, faced COVID-19 delays?). To appease fans, the announcement followed the release of ‘Laugh Now Cry Later’, featuring fellow rapper Lil Durk.
In an announcement coinciding with his birthday over the weekend, we’ve finally been given a release date AS WELL AS a teaser for his upcoming album. Taking to his social media accounts, Drake confirmed that his highly anticipated new album ‘Certified Lover Boy’ will drop in January 2021. The teaser containers short scenes of drake recreating old album covers.
— OVO Sound (@OVOSound) October 24, 2020
In the teaser, a young boy looks up at the sky in wonder as he reaches out to touch falling leaves in the sky (not dissimilar to the covers of his first two mixtapes ‘Comeback Season’ and ‘So Far Gone’). It then cuts to Drake looking introspective before he sets his hooded gaze on the camera (recreating the cover for his album ‘Take Care’). Following that, Drake’s silhouette is seen standing in front of a backdrop with a blue sky and white clouds (a grown-up version of the album cover for ‘Nothing Was The Same’ from 2013). The last scene with a person is reminiscent of the cover for his latest mixtape, ‘Dark Lane Demo Tapes’. While there are no lyrics to the movie-like teaser, the instrumental is dramatic and heavy; foreshadowing a change and/or growth in the rapper, perhaps? The teaser ends with the image of numbers on a rooftop and the words ‘JANUARY 2021’.
In 2020, Drake has joined DJ Khaled, Popcaan, Headie One and Yong Bleu’s songs but it looks lie we’ve going to have to wait until 2021 to hear Champagne Papi’s pure sound.