Drake’s new album Certified Lover Boy will be out on Friday, September 3rd, he confirmed in an Instagram post on Monday morning (August 30th). Announced last August with Lil Durk’s Laugh Now Cry Later collaboration, Certified Lover Boy was initially slated for a January release before repeated delays. Today’s confirmation follows a cryptic ESPN promo last week that foreshadowed the September 3rd release date.

On August 21, before posting the SportsCenter teaser, Drake apparently sparked a feud with Kanye West that began in 2008 and used his guest verse on Trippie Redd’s “Betrayal” to rap, “Ye ain’t change shit for me , it’s set in stone. “West responded by posting an Instagram story with an antagonistic text message and another revealed Drake’s home address (which he quickly deleted).

Although Certified Lover Boy is the full-length sequel to 2018’s Scorpion, Drake has released some new material in between, including last year’s Dark Lane demo tapes. The project – Drake’s first in a decade that didn’t make a Billboard # 1 debut – involved attempting the “Toosie Slide” dance challenge.

Drake released the three-song Scary Hours 2 EP in March and joined Smiley and Brent Faiyaz on the songs this year. In May, he and Lil Wayne joined Nicki Minaj on “Seeing Green,” a new bonus track that accompanied the late streaming debut of their 2009 mixtape, Beam Me Up Scotty. Previously, Drake had teamed up with Lil Yachty, DJ Khaled, Future, Lil Wayne and Popcaan on new tracks. Outside the studio, he launched his own cannabis brand and was named Artist of the Decade at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards.