Drake’s highly anticipated new album, Certified lover boy, is finally here.
While the Canadian rapper, whose real name is Aubrey Graham, teased new music in May 2020, his original release was delayed to January this year.
Now, Drake has finally released the album, but the cover has left some fans scratching their heads.
The cover shows emojis of 12 pregnant women with different skin tones in a square, geometric format.
Not only did the cover confuse some fans, but it inspired many memes on social media.
Nevertheless, it was designed specifically by British artist Damien Hirst, whose work is internationally renowned.
There are various theories about what Certified Lover cover might represent, but neither Hirst nor Drake has confirmed the ultimate meaning behind it.
So what are the possible meanings behind Drake’s Certified Lover album cover?
One theory concerns the title of the album, possibly suggesting that the image is emblematic of Drake’s manhood.
However, the album itself contains many allusions to children, talking about his life as a father (Aubrey has a three-year-old son named Adonis) and how his child has changed him.
There’s a song called “Papi’s Home”, which is about connecting with your child.
In a recent interview, he even suggested that the album itself was his child, akin to parents who talk about having a “bread roll in the oven.”
He told Sound 42’s Fri Yiy Friday radio show: “The album is ready… the album is ready, I can’t wait to deliver it to you… Certified Lover on the way and it’s for anyone on the way.”
The album also dropped nine months after its initial release, in January 2021, and was released close to Labor Day, adding fuel to the idea of his parenthood for his new album.
While kids may be the focus of the album, others have noticed hints of Hirst’s previous work in the cover art, despite being made up of emojis.
Previously, Hirst has used pregnant women as inspiration for his art, as well as different colors in grid patterns.
In 2005, Hirst unveiled a sculpture outside the Lever House in New York, New York, titled “The Virgin Mother”.
In the sculpture, a pregnant woman stood upright while her baby in the womb could be seen to one side of her.
On top of that, Hirst recently revealed a piece called “The Currency,” which was made up of colored dots on different sheets of paper.
This in itself alludes to his 2012 work “Spot Paintings”, which showed spots of different colors in a grid formation.
What fans think of The Certified Lover Album cover?
Unfortunately for Drake, the album cover was mostly derided, with fans taking to Twitter to share memes of the image.
Even other celebrities teased the album cover, including Lil Nas X.
Fans are also comparing it to Kanye West’s dondareleased just a week ago.
As the album was just released, it’s unclear if fans enjoyed its content, but for Drake’s sake, let’s hope they like it more than the album cover!