Drake has released his follow-up to last year’s Certified Lover Boy. It’s called Honestly, Nevermind. The new LP includes 14 songs, and was executive produced by Drake, longtime collaborator Noah “40” Shebib, Drake’s manager Oliver El-Khatib, Noel Cadastre, and Black Coffee. Listen to the full album below.
The rapper announced his new LP in on Instagram yesterday evening (June 16). The post simply included an image of the album art with the caption: “7th studio album ‘Honestly, Nevermind’ out at midnight.” He followed up that post with another displaying the tracklist. He played the new album early Friday morning on his brand new SiriusXM Sound 42 show Table for One.
Drake released his sixth solo studio album, Certified Lover Boy, in September of 2021. It was initially slated to arrive in January of that year, but it was delayed following surgery for a knee injury Drake sustained in the fall of 2020. When it finally arrived several months later, the LP swiftly shot to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, overtaking Kanye West’s Donda with what was at the time the biggest debut week of 2021. Following the record’s release, Drake shared music videos for “Way 2 Sexy” and “Knife Talk.”
Drake’s goofy “Way 2 Sexy” clip was directed by frequent collaborator Dave Meyers, who captured the rapper depicting numerous “sexy” archetypes. Drake portrayed a workout video instructor, a cartoon, an older guy at the beach, a romance novel protagonist, an action hero, and a cologne spokesman in the visual. The clip also starred Toronto Raptor Kawhi Leonard, as well as featured artists Future and Young Thug.
Drake’s “Knife Talk” music video was a bit more simple; Pablo Rochat’s visual included archival clips, vintage cartoons, and grainy security cam footage of Drake, alongside featured MCs 21 Savage and Project Pat, all of whom brandished large kitchen knives.
In November 2021, the Recording Academy nominated Drake for Best Rap Album (for Certified Lover Boy) and Best Rap Performance (for “Way 2 Sexy”) at the 2022 Grammy Awards. Not long after, Drake withdrew himself from contentious for the awards. Drake, who has won four Grammys, had been critical of the academy in the past.
Around the same time, Drake and Kanye West officially squashed their longstanding beef. The two men appeared in a photo together alongside J Prince; its caption was simply the dove of peace emoji. Days later, the rappers announced a one-off benefit concert titled “Free Larry Hoover.” The show took place on December 9 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California, and streamed live on Amazon.