Drake pushed the release date for his third album Nothing Was The Same just a few days to September 24, but he followed that announcement with the official cover art for his LP, just so we know it's real. Naturally, fans have had a lot to say about the new artwork, which some proclaimed was pure "greatness."
The VMA nominee unveiled the cover via Instagram on Wednesday featuring an image of baby Drake with a mini afro and a second side profile of a fully matured Aubrey. Placed next to it each other, the images find Drake staring at himself, and likely symbolize him taking glimpses at the past and the future.
The graphics are courtesy of painter and illustrator Kadir Nelson, who, according to Complex, has crafted projects for artists like Michael Jackson, publications like Sports Illustrated and even for the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Postal Service. Not to mention that he's penned best-selling books about famous figures that include Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Reaction to the cover was immediate across social media. The image of baby Drake was "liked" by over 223, 000 fans on Instagram, while fully grow Aubrey was "liked" by more than 215, 000 fans with almost 4,000 comments. The rapper's tweet pegging Nelson to the cover art was retweeted nearly 2,500 times.
@RobynIsMyGal couldn't hide his enthusiasm, declaring that "Drake's New Album cover is just greatness predicted!" and @jimmyyadig agreed that it is a win, adding, "Drake's album cover for Nothing was the Same is dope and fits well with the album name."
A few fans felt like Drake took the liberty of giving himself a more sun-kissed look. "Besides the fact that Drake gave himself a tan "Nothing Was The Same" album cover look smoove dough," @HiArmaniXchange wrote, while @eriqofficiel simply wondered, "Why is drake darker on his album cover?"
And then there were those fans who thought that baby Drake looked very similar to one other very famous hip-hop baby. "Why is Blue Ivy on Drake's album cover?" @MrVicks questioned, but @BBRENMAR declared it as fact, writing, "drake put blue ivy carter on his new album art #notmad."
Other fans were all about the new cover.
I think Drake's album cover is raw.— D.Y.E - DreJayy (@Dre_jayy) August 22, 2013
NWTS cover is the best cover that Drake has had out of all of them— J Nelly Nell ✊ (@jahnellxo_) August 22, 2013
But this Drake album cover is whats up though!!!— SAMSON MSHELIA (@SamsonWho) August 22, 2013
Drake's New Album cover is just greatness predicted!— JamesDeanOnTheLow (@RobynIsMyGal) August 22, 2013
On Sunday, August 25 Drake will hit the MTV VMAs stage to perform his hit single "Started From the Bottom," which is in the running for the Best Hip Hop Video award.