Drake has pushed back the release of his much-anticipated sixth album, Certified Lover Boy. The rapper posted the news on his Instagram story Wednesday and told fans that he will not be dropping the album this month, as he is recovering from knee surgery.
“I was planning to release my album this month but between surgery and rehab, my energy has been dedicated to recovery,” he wrote. “I’m blessed to be back on my feet and feeling great and focused on the album, but CLB won’t be dropping in January.” He did mention, though, that it will be released this year, saying he is excited to share it with fans in 2021.
The album was first announced April of last year, after he dropped his 14-track mixtape, Dark Lane Demo Tapes. In the same tweet that he announced his mixtape, he also promised CLB would be out that summer. Then, in October, on the rapper’s 34th birthday, a one-minute teaser of the album was released on all platforms. In the video, Drake pays homage to his earlier work and ended with an announcement of a January 2021 release date. A single from the album, “Laugh Now Cry Later,” was released in August and featured a “highly athletic” music video in which the artist plays one-on-one with NBA stars like Kevin Durant and Steph Curry.
Drake has not made the details of how he sustained his injury public; however, he had posted a picture of his leg in a knee brace in October, which some outlets such as Music News and The Score write was a result of an operation to repair a torn ACL. When he posted the photo, the original caption was “new challenge unlocked,” but then it was later changed to read “I actually want to use this post to send love and motivation to anybody else that 2020 let loose on. Start writing the best bounce back story NOW.”
Drake has expressed that this new studio-length album will be different from his last, Scorpion, which released in 2018. CLB is expected to be much more “concise” and feature fewer songs compared to Scorpion, which had over 20 tracks. “I don’t really dispose of too many songs,” he said about his process of creating his albums. “I have stuff that didn’t make this album, definitely. But I don’t have 20 or 30 of them. I have four or five records that just didn’t make it because again I was trying to keep it concise.”