Album Review: Drake - "Certified Lover Boy"

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Wednesday, October 6th, 2021 at 9:01 AM
Album Review: Drake - Certified Lover Boy by Julia Carden

Drake returns to the rap game with his latest album “Certified Lover Boy,” which was released on Sept. 3. by his record label OVO Sound and Republic Records.  

The rapper first alluded to a sixth studio album last year, marking its release for the summer of 2020. Many fans were disappointment in the delayed release, which was then pushed back to January 2021. Drake finally unveiled the official album cover by artist Damien Hurst on August 30. Needless to say, I think we were all surprised when the album aired on the anticipated date in September. 

The album’s guestlist features a handful of successful hip-hop artists including Lil Baby, Lil Durk, Giveon, Jay Z, Travis Scott, Future, Young Thug, Yebba, Project Pat, Tems, Ty Dolla Sign, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, and last but not least, Kid Cudi.  

According to COMPLEX, the album was dedicated to models Nadia Ntuli and Mercedes Morr. Both women were friends of Drake who died tragically earlier this year.  

Drake mentions this tribute in the Apple Music Editor’s Note, “Executive produced by me, Noah ‘40’ Shebib, Oliver El-Khatib, and Noel Cadastre. Dedicated to Nadia Ntuli and Mercedes Morr. RIP 💖 – Drake.”  

My personal favorite is “Way 2 Sexy.” The album lead-single contains samples from the iconic 1991 chart-topper “I’m Too Sexy” by the British band Right Said Fred. While some may view sampling as lazy, it is a common practice in the hip-hop world. Kanye West, for example has sampled Billie Holiday’s historical “Strange Fruit” a few times. I enjoy listening to different artist’s adaptation to another well-known piece.  

The chorus of “Way 2 Sexy,” sung by Future, is pretty repetitive, but incredibly catchy. Young Thug also makes an appearance as he raps the second and final verse. "Way 2 Sexy" arrived atop the Billboard Hot 100 , marking the ninth number-one song of Drake's career.  

All in all, this isn’t my favorite Drake album. There are a few hits, but there are a handful I can’t get behind. In my opinion, there are too many songs on the album, which dilute the few reputable such as “Way 2 Sexy.”  

Overloading albums isn't new for Drake, however. “Scorpion,” released back in 2018, has a whopping 25 tracks. “Views,” from 2016, is also up there, totaling in at 20 songs. Without the impressive features such as Future and Kid Cudi, I don’t think “Certified Lover Boy” would have been successful. The album isn't horrible, but I’ve definitely heard better from Drake.

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