Drake surprised fans by releasing his ninth studio album, Honestly, Nevermind, just hours after announcing it on social media.
The new album arrives nine months after his previous release, Certified Lover Boy, which was postponed while he recovered from leg surgery.
Drake’s “Honestly, Nevermind” is projected to sell 230k units first week and debut at number one.
Everything you need to know about the new album is right here.
When did the new album drop?
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On Thursday (16 June) evening, the rapper announced the new album on Instagram with a photo of the album art and the caption: “7th studio album.” To be honest, I’m not going out at midnight.”
He then followed up with another post, this time revealing the tracklist for the surprise album.
Drake debuted the album on his new SiriusXM Sound 42 show, Table for One, early Friday morning.
Who did he dedicate the album to?
The record included a special dedicated to Virgil Abloh, the late fashion designer who died last November.
Since 2018, Abloh had served as the artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear line, as well as the CEO of Off-White, the fashion label he started in 2013.
In 2019, he was diagnosed with cardiac angiosarcoma, a type of cancer that he kept quiet, and he died at the age of 41. Drake, Rihanna, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Kid Cudi, ASAP Rocky, and many others were in attendance for his burial in December, along with his family and other close friends.
“I let my humbleness lead to numbness at times, letting time pass knowing I got the endurance to catch it another time,” Drake added in a long note on the new album’s Apple Music page.
“I work with every breath in my body because it is the effort that keeps me alive, not the air.”
“That’s some pretty bad s**t, but it’s s**t my perfectionist mind doesn’t care about since no one knows what’s on my mind when I go to bed at 9 p.m. and wake up at 5 a.m. until I say it in rhyme.”
“I can’t recall the last time someone put down their phone, looked me in the eyes, and inquired about the present state of affairs.”
“However, I recall every time someone shone a light in my eyes.”
“I try to ignore what happened between some people and myself because I know I’m not a forgiving guy, even when I try.”
“Every single f*ckn time, my desire for vengeance wins the game against my nice person inside.”
“I’ve got plans that I can’t discuss with more than like four guys since the last time I shared them with someone outside…
That’s a different story for another time.
“I was trying to get through that statement to say I’m not at a point in my life where pats on the back help me get by.”
“I’d rather have loyalty than an oh my & emoji fire.”
“I know if it was a dark night and all the odds were stacked against me and my skill went to whoever took my life, they’d do me off with a great smile and maybe even post it on Facebook for some likes.”
“I know that everyone who tells me they love me doesn’t always love me, especially when I’m doing better than okay and they have to keep an eye on me from wherever they are in their lives.”
“I came here with a practical mindset.”
“I didn’t come here blind.”
“I know what’s going on, especially what’s going on with who’s by my side.”
“IN MEMORY OF OUR BROTHER V”
What’s the tracklist?
The official tracklist for Honestly, Nevermind goes:
– Falling Back
– Texts Go Green
– A Keeper
– Calling My Name
– Flight’s Booked
– Down Hill
– Tie That Binds
– Jimmy Cooks (ft. 21 Savage)
What are critics saying?
There aren’t many reviews for the new album from the Canadian rapper yet because it just came out.
Initial reactions to Honestly, Nevermind have been mixed, with August Brown of the Los Angeles Times describing it as a “sadboi rave album” and “a front-to-back dance record of deep house music,” which is a change from his regular approach.
“Pretty awful, even by Drake standards,” Brown said of the record.
On Twitter, it’s safe to say that fans aren’t overly impressed.
“Drake was correct in naming the album,” one person wrote. Nevermind, because… honestly… nevermind…”
“Pretending to agree with people that Drake’s “surprise” album is actually fantastic is stressful,” another said. It’s messed up.”
Another tweeted, “The new Drake album has ruined music for me, s**t so a** I can no longer enjoy music.”
However, it hasn’t all been bad, with a lot of admirers willing to defend the new album on social media.
“Idk why Drake album getting criticism like y’all won’t be rolling ya hips and creating vacation blogs in two weeks,” one admirer said. Watch.”
“Drake made Passionfruit into an album and y’all unhappy about it?” another tweeted.
“Drake releasing a House album was not on my 2022 bingo card, and honestly, I’m live for it,” one person remarked.
Where can I listen to it?
You can stream Honestly, Nevermind in all the usual places you would normally listen to music, including Apple Music, Spotify and Amazon Music.