Drake new album listen LIVE – Damien Hirst art revealed as Certified Lover Boy album cover ahead of album coming out

DRAKE's new album is set to be released this week, but the rapper is already making headlines with his unique new cover.

The rapper, 34, left listeners baffled with the bizarre album artwork for Certified Lover Boy – designed by British artist Damien Hirst – featuring 12 emojis of pregnant women.

Drake had initially intended to drop Certified Lover Boy in January this year – but is instead releasing it this Friday.

Artists like Future, Young Thung, Lil Durk and Benny The Butcher are rumored to be featured in the album.

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.

Read our Drake Certified Lover Boy live blog for the latest news and updates…

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    KANYE RECENTLY BOUGHT DAMIEN HIRST SCULPTURE

    Kanye West has bought a £1million Damien Hirst sculpture previously owned by George Michael.

    The late Faith singer purchased The Incomplete Truth in 2007, and after his death in 2016 it was sold by auctioneers Christie’s.

    Yesterday Kanye posted the sculpture of a white dove on a turquoise background on Instagram.

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    WHO IS DAMIEN HIRST?

    Damien Hirst is an English artist, entrepreneur, and art collector.

    He is reportedly the United Kingdom's richest living artist, with his wealth estimated at $384 million in the 2020 Sunday Times Rich List. 

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    LEAD SINGLE

    Artists like Future, Young Thung, Lil Durk and Benny The Butcher are rumored to be featured in the album.

    One thing is for sure, his August 2020 song "Laugh Now Cry Later," featuring Lil Durk, is the lead single to the album.

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    VANDALISM

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    Drake fans "vandalized" Kanye's childhood home in Chicago with signs.

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    FEUD CONTINUED

    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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    DRAKE VERSUS KANYE

    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.

    Last week, Kanye fired back with his new song, Ok Ok, off of his new album, which is titled after his late mother Donda.

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    ON THE HEELS OF DONDA

    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.

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    FANS AGREE WITH THEORY

    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 b/c this is the most drake move ever lmao."

    Another agreed: "I’ve been saying the 9 months part but didn’t even think about Labor Day!"

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    FANS BELIEVE THEY CRACKED THE CODE

    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.

    Drake had initially intended to drop Certified Lover Boy in January this year – but is instead dropping it next Friday.

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    ALBUM COVER

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    Drake revealed his emoji-filled album cover on Instagram along with a release date.

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    MORE POSSIBLE FEATURES

    Two months before, French Montana teased a collaboration with Drake on his own Instagram.

    DJ Akademiks tweeted in early January 2021 about Drake and Meek Mill possibly shooting a video together.

    Another possible feature is PartyNextDoor, who Drake revealed wants on his album during an Instagram live.

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    WHO WILL FEATURE ON DRAKE'S NEW ALBUM?

    While no features have been confirmed by Drake himself, fans have speculated about who they might see on Certified Lover Boy.

    In June 2021, Drake posted a photo on Instagram with Future and producer Metro Boomin'.

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    PREVIOUSLY PROMISED TO ARRIVE BY SUMMER

    He previously updated fans that the album would arrive by the end of the summer.

    "I’m back in the studio with 40 tough. I’m just really excited about the music that we’re making and I feel like I’ve locked into a zone where I’m really trying to execute on a project that’s fulfilling for my soul.”

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    INJURY

    He has not shared any details of his injury, but it is believed that Drake underwent knee surgery in October.

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    WHY WAS DRAKE ALBUM'S DELAYED?

    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.”

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    WHEN IS CERTIFIED LOVER BOY DROPPING?

    The rapper appeared on Sound 42’s “Fry Yiy Friday” on SiriusXM on July 30, 2021 to drop news about his latest project.

    “Album’s cooked. Looking forward to delivering it to you,” he told fans.

    “Certified Lover Boy on the way, and that’s for anyone in the way." which could be a reference to Kanye West's new album Donda, expected to arrive on August 6.

    Earlier in the summer, Drake announced he was finishing up the record in Toronto.

    “Definitely on the way home to reunite with my dog and just finish this thing up,” he told OVO Noel.

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