What Does Drake’s Album Cover ‘Certified Lover Boy’ Mean?
Certified Lover Boy, Drake’s much-anticipated new album, has finally here.
The Canadian rapper, whose actual name is Aubrey Graham, promised new music in May 2020, but it was postponed from its initial January release date.
Drake’s album has finally been released, but the cover art has left some fans perplexed.
In a geometrical, geometric style, the cover features emojis of 12 pregnant ladies with various skin tones.
Not only has the cover image perplexed some fans, but it has also spawned a slew of social media memes.
Nonetheless, it was created especially for it by Damien Hirst, a world-renowned British artist.
There are a lot of ideas about what the Certified Lover Boy cover means, but neither Hirst nor Drake have verified what it really means.
So, what do the symbols on Drake’s Certified Lover Boy album cover mean?
One hypothesis revolves on the album’s title, implying that the picture represents Drake’s virility.
The album, however, has many references to children, including discussions about Aubrey’s life as a father (he has a three-year-old son called Adonis) and how his kid has changed him.
“Papi’s Home” is a song about a father reconnecting with his kid.
He also indicated in a recent interview that the album was his kid, similar to how parents allude to having a “bun in the oven.”
On Sound 42’s Fri Yiy Friday radio programme, he said: “The album is done… the record is cooked, and I’m excited to give it to you… There’s a certified Lover Boy on the way, and he’ll take care of anybody who gets in his way.”
The album was also published nine months after it was scheduled to be released, in January 2021, and coincided with Labor Day, fueling speculation that he is parenting his new record.
While children are at the heart of the album, some have seen references to Hirst’s earlier work on the cover, despite the fact that it is entirely made up of emojis.
Hirst has previously drawn inspiration from pregnant ladies, as well as various hues in grid patterns.
Hirst presented “The Virgin Mother,” a sculpture outside the Lever House in New York City, New York, in 2005.
A pregnant lady stood tall in the sculpture, with her baby in the womb visible on one side.
In addition, Hirst recently unveiled “The Currency,” a piece comprised of colourful dots strewn over several sheets of paper.
This refers to his 2012 piece “Spot Paintings,” which included spots of various colours arranged in a grid.
What do fans think of the album cover for Certified Lover Boy?
Unfortunately for Drake, the album cover has mostly been greeted with mockery, with fans sharing parodies of the picture on Twitter.
It’s also being compared to Kanye West’s Donda, which was released only a week ago.
Because the album has just recently been released, it is unclear if fans have liked the content; nevertheless, for Drake’s sake, let us hope they enjoy it more than the album cover!