After nearly a year of delays and postponements, Drake finally dropped his long awaited album Certified Lover Boy (CLB). On September 3rd, 2021 CLB hit all platforms at 2am EST, featuring 21 new songs and over 10 artist features.
The artists featured on the album include Lil Baby, Travis Scott, JAY-Z, Future, Travis Scott, Young Thug, 21 Savage, Lil Wayne, Kid Cudi, Rick Ross, Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Baby and Project Pat.
Certified Lover Boy is Drake’s sixth studio album, following the 2020 mixtape release of Dark Lane Demo Tapes. The prolonged wait and the album rollout set the expectation bar high for CLB.
After listening to Certified Lover Boy, I thought of it to be a satisfying, quality album. There were songs that reminded me of one of his previous albums Take Care, which included songs with slower beats and a generous amount of depth behind the lyrics. Though all the songs aren’t profound in regards to lyricism, CLB has a decent ratio between mainstream oriented lyrics and lyrics that are rather heartfelt, like “I gotta keep my head high with two dry eyes,” from the song “The Remorse.”
Drake’s new release satisfied many fans as it brought listeners back to his career’s initial years, especially after fans frequently requested for the “Old Drake” to return. HD 5, a reviewer under the album’s Google comment section writes, “I’ve got every song and I’m going to be playing the album for a while now… It’s the old Drake!”
Benjamin Odell, who likes the old feel of the album, enjoyed the emotion wrapped around the songs: “Drake’s 6th studio album brings back the old days of rap, with long, slow beats paired with slow rap verses that speak to the heart.”
A few songs that stood out to me from CLB’s extensive tracklist were “Yebba’s Heartbreak” and “Champagne Poetry,” due to their depth and expression which I admire and appreciate.
Overall, I would rate Certified Lover Boy an 8 out of 10. The album was definitely worth the wait and I would highly recommend it to those who are fans of Drake’s older music.