The album is about toxic masculinity and “acceptance of truth which is inevitably heartbreaking”.

After much anticipation, Drake has finally dropped his new album, Certified Lover Boy. Earlier this week and to the delight of his fans, Drake announced the release time of his album and at 06:00 South African time today, the album was available on all major streaming platforms.

The album is described as a combination of toxic masculinity and “acceptance of truth which is inevitably heartbreaking”. According to the description of the album on Apple Music, the body of work was produced by Drake himself, “40” Shebib, Oliver El Khatib and Noel Cadastre. 

Featuring a total of 21 tracks, the album also boasts collaborations with established artists such as Lil Baby, JAY-Z, Travis Scott and 21 Savage, to name but a few.

Earlier today, Drake also shared a poem his mother wrote him ahead of the official release of Certified Lover Boy. 

She said, “It’s finally come / The countdown has reached one / With each new album my heart skips a beat / Being your mother has been my life’s greatest treat.”

“It’s been a long hard road together, now there’s one more day to go. I wanna celebrate you son, more than you’ll ever know,” she continued.

Drake first began hyping up Certified Lover Boy in August 2020 with his Billboard Hot 100 No. 2 single “Laugh Now Cry Later,” featuring Lil Durk, and then teased a potential January 2021 release of the full-length LP. 

But after he pushed back the release due to recovery from his surgery, the Toronto rapper satisfied fans in the meantime with the three-song Scary Hours 2 EP featuring “What’s Next,” Wants and Needs,” featuring Lil Baby, and “Lemon Pepper Freestyle,” featuring Rick Ross, which historically debuted at Nos. 1, 2 and 3 on the Hot 100.

Listen to the album below.