Certified Lover Boy


Certified Lover Boy is Drake’s sixth studio album and the follow-up to his fifth studio album, Scorpion, which was released on June 29, 2018.

On April 9, 2019, Drake first announced that he was working on a new album during the London stop on his Assassination Vacation Tour. In June 2019, Drake once again teased his progress on the album via Instagram, where the caption read:

Album mode

In September 2019, multiple publications reported that Drake had finished his album, claiming that the album was set to release in November 2019. These rumors were later proved to be inaccurate.

On December 10, 2019, Drake made a guest appearance at DaBaby’s concert in Toronto, where he revealed that he was working on the album:

I’ma go back to the crib and try to finish this album up so we can turn up in 2020.

On May 1, 2020, Drake dropped his fifth solo mixtape, Dark Lane Demo Tapes. The day before, he announced that the album would be released during the summer of 2020.

On August 14, 2020, Drake released the album’s lead single, “Laugh Now Cry Later,” which features Lil Durk. Alongside the song’s release, Drake announced the title of the album via Instagram.

On October 24, 2020, his 34th birthday, Drake announced that the album would be released in January 2021 via the album’s trailer, therefore voiding his claims that the album would be released in summer 2020. The trailer saw Drake recreating the covers of his past LPs, which includes February 2009’s So Far Gone, November 2011’s Take Care, September 2013’s Nothing Was the Same and May 2020’s Dark Lane Demo Tapes.

On January 20, 2021, after fans waited nearly a whole month with no album in sight, Drake said the album “won’t be dropping in January” via Instagram as he noted he was focusing on recovering from a knee injury he suffered back in October 2020. However, he still confirmed that the album would still be released later down the year.

On March 5, 2021, Drake dropped Scary Hours 2, a sequel EP to 2018’s Scary Hours. Just like he did the first time in 2018, while he was working on Scorpion, Drake released Scary Hours 2 to keep fans happy and busy with new music while he continued to put the finishing touches on Certified Lover Boy.

On July 31, 2021, Drake made a special guest appearance on SiriusXM’s Sound 42’s Fri Yiy Friday radio show and revealed that CLB was finished:

Album’s cooked. Looking forward to delivering it to you […] OVO, we aim for that head. We don’t aim to please. Certified Lover Boy on the way. And that’s for anyone in the way.

On August 27, 2021, the album’s release date was seemingly announced on the ESPN program, SportsCenter. While the program was showcasing baseball highlights, a video clip of someone holding a sign that reads “CLB September 3” abruptly appears. The highlights would be resumed shortly after.

Three days later, on the 30th, Drake confirmed on Instagram that the album would be released on that date. He also posted the album’s official cover along with the IG post, which consists of twelve pregnant women emojis, which alongside the merch drop in partnership with Nike, received much backlash over it being too simple and childish.

On September 1, 2021, Drake announced the collaborators on the album through the use of billboards, as they started appearing across the hometowns of many of the featured artists of the album.

The project houses features from Future, Young Thug, 21 Savage, Lil Baby, Lil Durk, Giveon, Ty Dolla $ign, YEBBA, Project Pat, Tems, JAY-Z, Travis Scott, Kid Cudi, Rick Ross, and Lil Wayne.

Song Credits

Primary Artists: Drake , Drake & YEBBA
Featuring: 21 Savage , Future , GIVĒON , JAY-Z , Kid Cudi , Lil Baby , Lil Durk , Lil Wayne , Project Pat , Rick Ross , Tems , Travis Scott , Ty Dolla $ign , Young Thug
Producers: 3DDY , 40 , Alex Lustig , Aliby , Ambezza , Anthoine Walters , Austin Powerz , Batundi , Bink! , Brian “B-Nasty” Reid , Cardo , Clibbo , Dez Wright , Dude Clayy , Eli Brown , FaxOnly , GOVI , Harley Arsenault , Houssam , Jahaan Sweet , James Francies , Jarrel Young , JEAN BLEU , J.L.L. , KanielTheOne , Kid Masterpiece , ​knd , Leon Thomas III , Maneesh , Mark Borino , Masego , Metro Boomin , Monsune , Nik D , Nineteen85 , Noel Cadastre , OG Ron C , Oriyomi Ojelade , OZ , PARTYNEXTDOOR , Patron (Producer) , Peter Lee Johnson , Preme , The Rascals , Shlohmo , Supah Mario , TM88 , TooDope , Travis Scott , TRESOR , Vinylz , WondaGurl , YEBBA , Y U M E
Writers: 21 Savage , 3DDY , 40 , Alex Lustig , Aliby , Ambezza , Anthoine Walters , Anthony Hamilton , Anthony “Shep” Crawford , A$AP Rocky , Austin Powerz , Babyface , Bink! , Bizzy Crook , Bobby DeBarge , Brandon Banks , Brian “B-Nasty” Reid , Bun B , Cardo , Charlotte Day Wilson , Christopher Cross , Clibbo , David Axelrod , Dez Wright , Diddy , D’Mile , Dounia Aznou , Drake , Easy Mo Bee , Eli Brown , FaxOnly , Fred Fairbrass , Future , Gabriel Hardeman , GIVĒON , G Koop , GOVI , Gregory Williams , Harley Arsenault , Houssam , Jahaan Sweet , James Francies , Jarrel Young , JAY-Z , JEAN BLEU , Jeezy , Jerami Davis , J.L.L. , John Lennon , Juicy J , Justin Timberlake , KanielTheOne , Kas (Producer) , Khristopher Riddick-Tynes , Kid Cudi , Kid Masterpiece , ​knd , Kyla Moscovich , Leon Thomas III , Lil Baby , Lil Durk , Lil Wayne , Maneesh , Marcus Reddick , Mark Borino , Masego , Metro Boomin , Mr. Lee , Mk.gee , Monsune , Montell Jordan , Nik D , Nineteen85 , Noel Cadastre , The Notorious B.I.G. , OG Ron C , Oriyomi Ojelade , OZ , PARTYNEXTDOOR , Patron (Producer) , Paul McCartney , Peter Lee Johnson , Pimp C , Preme , Project Pat , Richard Fairbrass , Rick Ross , R. Kelly , Rob Manzoli , Simon Gebrelul , Stevie J , Supah Mario , Tems , Teo Halm , Timbaland , TM88 , TooDope , Travis Scott , TRESOR , Ty Dolla $ign , Varren Wade , Vinylz , WondaGurl , YEBBA , Young Thug , Z-Ro
Ad-Libs: Michael D.
Additional Production: 40 , Aliby , Anthoine Walters , Maneesh , Noel Cadastre , OG Ron C , Shlohmo
Additional Vocals: Anthony Hamilton , Chubbz , Juice WRLD , Mark Robinson , OG Ron C , PARTYNEXTDOOR , Roxx
Animation Executive Produced By: Josef Byrne
Animation Studio: Blinkink
Assistant Mastering Engineer: Dave Huffman
Assistant Mixing Engineer: Greg Moffett , Noel Cadastre
Associated Performer: B-Nasty
Background Vocals: Anthoine Walters , Nicki Minaj
Bass: Harley Arsenault
Co-Producer: 40 , Alex Lustig , ​knd , Nik D , Noel Cadastre
Copyright ©: OVO Sound , Republic Records , Universal Music Group
Distributor: Universal Music Group
Drums: Harley Arsenault
Engineer: Les Bateman , Les ‘’Bates’’ Bateman
Keyboards: B-Nasty , Harley Arsenault
Label: OVO Sound , Republic Records
Mastering Engineer: Chris Athens
Mixing Engineer: 206Derek , 40
Other: 40 , Nyan , Shlohmo
Phonographic Copyright ℗: OVO Sound , Republic Records , Universal Music Group
Piano: Kiefer
Primary Artists: Drake , YEBBA
Recording Engineer: 206Derek , 40 , Harley Arsenault , John Rooney , Les ‘’Bates’’ Bateman , Noel Cadastre , Rafael “Fai” Bautista
Studio Personnel: 40 , Chris Athens , Dave Huffman , Eric Manco , Greg Moffett , Harley Arsenault , John Rooney , Les Bateman , Les ‘’Bates’’ Bateman , Noel Cadastre , Rafael “Fai” Bautista , Young Guru
Unknown: 40 , Nyan , Shlohmo
Video Animation Director: Essy May , Stevie Gee
Video Animation Producer: Gareth Owen
Video Choreographer: Hihat
Video Colorist: Stefan Sonnenfeld
Video Director: Dave Meyers
Video Director Of Photography: Starr Whitesides
Video Directors Rep: Jamie Rabineau
Video Editor: Nathan Rogers
Video Executive Producer: Nathan Scherrer
Video Producer: Brian Bell , Nathan Scherrer
Video Production Company: Freenjoy
Video Production Designer: Keith Raywood
Video Sound Mixing Engineer: Tom Paolantonio
Video Visual Effects: Les Umberger
Vocal Engineer: A Bainz , Eric Manco , Young Guru
Vocals: Drake , Kid Cudi , YEBBA