When Drizzy celebrates a birthday, even during a pandemic, he wants to make sure all of his fans also have something to raise a glass to. That’s the takeaway after this past weekend, when Drake turned 34 years old and feted the occasion by confirming the name and release date of his upcoming album.Certified Lover Boy
(of course he is) drops in January 2021, according to a clip on the Champagne Papi’s social media. In the short video a young boy stares up into a spotlight as confetti falls and music plays softly in the background. Then you see Drake himself, sitting at a table with a glass of red wine like on his Take Care
album, only this time he has a heart shaved into the front of his hairline. Then he poses in updated takes from other previous releases like Nothing Was the Same
and Dark Lane Demo Tapes.
It all culminates with a drone shot over a stadium where the letters “CLB” can be seen, and the promise of “January 2021” is displayed on the screen. Cue a whole new round of Toosie Slides on TikTok to celebate, y’all.
If fans were excited, celeb fans were overjoyed at the news. “Only competing with yourself,” Keshia Chanté wrote in the comments along with a goat emoji. “2020 doesn’t deserve this album… great way to start the new year!!!” added DJ Carnage. Lizzo, meanwhile, acknowledged that this all took place on Drake’s date of birth by adding her birthday wishes.You can’t blame people for getting excited—at this point it’s only natural to look forward to good things in the new year, and that’s exactly what Drake will deliver if history is any indication. All five of his previous full-length studio albums have gone platinum, so his followers have every faith that this new album will do the same. Meanwhile, the excitement for Certified Lover Boy
has been building since last April, when Drake first shared the good news. Originally the album was supposed to drop over the summer, but instead the Toronto rapper gave fans the first single,
“Laugh Now Cry Later,” and announced Certified Lover Boy
was on the way.Aside from working on the new album, Drake has had a busy year of projects and reflection. 2020 marks the first time he shared his son
, Adonis, with the world. He also released two tracks
with DJ Khaled this past July, and in June he joined fellow Canadian The Weeknd in donating some serious coin
to Black Lives Matter groups.In addition to releasing the news that fans everywhere wanted on October 25, Drake also took some time out to thank everyone for their well wishes on his special day. “As wise as the old owl but still the gold child” he wrote
alongside a photo of himself in a yellow-and-gold puffer jacket from The North Face while holding an owl. “Thank you for all your love and well wishes.”[video_embed id='5852972706001']Before you go: Drake still keeps in touch with one of his high school teachers and its adorable[/video_embed]