On his VMA-nominated "Started From the Bottom" Drake boasted: "I could turn your boy into the man" and on the cover to his upcoming album Nothing was the Same Drizzy illustrates that very lyric — literally.
It was a busy Wednesday (August 21) for Drake, who announced on Twitter that he will be performing at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday August 25. The Young Money cash king also announced a new release date for his LP, which will arrive September 24, one week later than originally planned. If that wasn't enough, the "Successful" MC also revealed two NWTS album covers on his new website OVOSound.com.
The first cover is a profile painting of a baby Aubrey, with a full afro and a pick in his hair. With a childlike wonderment in his eye, young Drake gazes toward the right with a white-clouded picture perfect, blue-sky in the background.
The second cover depicts a current Drake gazing to the left, with a full-beard, part in his hair and two chains around his neck. When positioned side-by-side, the two covers make it seem that Drake is staring at himself — past and present.
NWTS cover by @KadirNelson— Drizzy (@Drake) August 22, 2013
Both covers were designed by Kadir Nelson, who also created the album cover for Michel Jackson's 2010 posthumous compilation Michael. On Sunday, Drizzy will give his first television performance of "Started From the Bottom," his first release from NWTS. The album's smooth-sounding second single, "Hold On, We're Going Home," dropped earlier this month and has been quickly climbing up the charts.
Right after performing at OVO Fest in his native Toronto, Drake told MTV News that "Hold On" was partly inspired by the King of Pop. "It's me and 40 just channeling our Quincy Jones/Michael Jackson production duo," he said. "Obviously no offense to the greats, I know we're not anywhere near that — it's just us kinda doing our thing, humbly attempting."