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Drake’s long-awaited ‘Certified Lover Boy’ drops, with imaginative, over-the-top ‘Way 2 Sexy’ music video

“Certified Lover Boy” has finally arrived.

Drake’s long-awaited sixth studio album hit streaming platforms Friday and officially became available for sale.

It’s been nearly a year-and-a-half wait for fans of the Toronto-born hitmaker, who kicked off the marketing rollout with the album artwork — featuring a colorful grid of 12 pregnant woman emojis designed by the British artist Damien Hirst — and sharing the official release date after cryptically teasing it during ESPN’s “SportsCenter.”

Some of the artists featured on the 21-track opus — Jay-Z, Future, Kid Cudi, 21 Savage, Giveon, Lil Durk, Ty Dolla $ign, Tems, Yebba, Project Pat — were revealed through a massive billboard campaign that hit their respective hometowns throughout the week.

Frequent collaborators Lil Wayne, Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj also appear on “Certified Lover Boy.”

The album’s opening track “Champagne Poetry” features a sample of the Beatles’ “Michelle,” while “TSU” samples the

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Drake Confirms Release Date For New Album, ‘Certified Lover Boy’

Photo: Paras Griffin/Getty Images

Photo: Paras Griffin/Getty Images

After cryptically teasing it last week on ESPN’s SportsCenter, Drake confirmed this morning that his long-awaited new album, Certified Lover Boy, is just over the horizon. The rapper posted an image of twelve expectant moms on Instagram along with the all-caps message “CERTIFIED LOVER BOY SEPTEMBER 3.”

And though that street date seemed to release the air from the hype balloon that was building over a possible first-week chart battle between the rapper and Kanye West – who surprise released his long-delayed DONDA album over the weekend – it was still welcome news for the Drake nation. Last week, Drake seemed to hint that CLB was imminent on ESPN’s flagship program SportsCenter, sneaking in an image of a fan holding up a sign reading “CLB September 3” in-between baseball highlights.

In July, Drake announced during his appearance on Fri Yiy Friday (a Sirius XM radio

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Drake Confirms ‘Certified Lover Boy’ Release Date

Following last week’s cryptic commercial during ESPN‘s SportsCenter, Drake has confirmed his long-teased, upcoming album Certified Lover Boy‘s release date.

CERTIFIED LOVER BOY SEPTEMBER 3,” he wrote under an image of several “Pregnant Woman” emojis via Instagram on Monday morning.

The formal announcement arrives days after the Six God interrupted ESPN’s SportsCenter program with a glitchy advertisement mimicking a broadcast hack. In the commercial, a piece of cardboard flashed before the screen fronting a handwritten message: “CLB September 3.”

The official SportsCenter Twitter account spoke out about the takeover, writing, “We want to apologize for any interruptions viewers might have experienced during SportsCenter this morning. We had some technical difficulties that have since been resolved.”

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Drake Fuels ‘Certified Lover Boy’ Frenzy With Cryptic ESPN Teaser

Photo: Mat Hayward/Getty Images

Photo: Mat Hayward/Getty Images

If you had ESPN’s signature program, SportsCenter on in the background this morning, you might have missed a Certified Lover Boy announcement from the 6 God himself, Drake. In between clips of college football, Shohei Ohtani, and the Little League World Series, mysterious footage of a shady character holding a sign that read “CLB September 3.”

Fans of Drizzy have been waiting for Certified Lover Boy, so when the abbreviation appeared on-screen, rumors began flying. Based on the clip that went viral this morning (August 27), the album will be coming in a week. Despite the radio silence from Drake, though he’s stayed busy while prepping his highly anticipated new album.

Back in June, it was announced that Live Nation Canada would be introducing History, a new live entertainment venue, that will open its doors later this year. Live Nation collaborated with Canadian

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