Young Money protégé Drake graces the new cover of Billboard magazine, which hits newsstands next week, and brings fans into the heart of his upcoming Nothing Was The Same album.
Based on an excerpt from his cover feature, Drizzy Drake reveals he is focused on enjoying the life of a guy in his mid-20’s on the follow-up to 2011’s Take Care.
“There’s a lot less sort of ambient ballad moments on this album where I’m searching or longing for something,” Drake says of Nothing Was the Same. “That sentiment is gone. Now I’m just kind of like, ‘You know, I’m 26, I don’t know what the f*ck else I could be doing better than this. I feel incredible about how I’m able to support my family and friends and how supportive my family and friends have been of me.’ (Billboard)
Last week, Drake came clean on his album’s cover art and revealed the featured child is a younger version of himself.
“When you go to the store and see it, you’ll see the full painting,” Drake explained in an interview. “When it’s positioned on the shelf, whatever store you go to, if they do it as I’ve asked [laughs], you’ll see the fact that it’s a child version of myself staring at myself now. Sometimes when I try and think back on this journey, it’s so hard to pinpoint all of these moments and it gets foggy. Even on past albums when I’ve been trying to tell this story, I’ve got there, but maybe not got there all the way. And what that album art is to me is, like, this is my most clean, concise thoughts from now, and my best recollection of then. That’s really what that cover’s about.” (MTV)
The rap star also explained the importance of taking a unique approach to his third solo album’s cover art.
“It’s not just a photo of me posted up. You can get that anywhere,” Drake added. “You can pick up a magazine. I wanted to give people something that they’d be like, ‘I’ll never forget this right here.’ And it’s vibrant and there’s something about it that captures you, and I think that’s kinda how this album sounds. Not to say that it’s “light” by any means.” (MTV)
Based on recent reports, the LP would will now arrive a week later than initially scheduled.
Additional details were only just revealed about Drake’s upcoming third set Nothing Was The Same, but there’s one crucial piece of new information that surfaced today: The album, originally scheduled for a September 17 release, has now been pushed back to September 24, according to Hits Daily Double (via Complex). The LP includes collaborations with Jay-Z, Lil Wayne and Hudson Mohawke, as well as singles “Hold On We’re Going Home” and “Started From The Bottom.” But don’t fret — producer Noah “40? Shehib says that the record is well on its way. “Hold on we’re almost done” (Idolator)
Nothing Was The Same is slated to release Tuesday, September 24.