Certified Lover Boy is the sixth studio album by Canadian rapper Drake. It was released on September 3, 2021, through OVO Sound and Republic Records. It features guest appearances by Lil Baby, Lil Durk, Giveon, Jay-Z, Travis Scott, Future, Young Thug, Yebba, 21 Savage, Project Pat, Tems, Ty Dolla Sign, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, and Kid Cudi. Production was handled by frequent collaborators 40, Nineteen85, PartyNextDoor, OZ, and Vinylz, among others. The album was initially set for release in January 2021, but was delayed multiple times.
In April 2019, Drake announced at a concert that he had started to work on a new album. In June 2019, he teased the album via Instagram, where he captioned a post with “Album mode”. On December 10, Drake made a guest appearance at DaBaby’s concert in Toronto, where he revealed that he was working on the album: “I’ma go back to the crib and try to finish this album up so we can turn up in 2020”. In March, on Instagram Live, Drake confirmed a finalized version of “Not Around”, a leaked song later retitled to “TSU”, would feature on Certified Lover Boy. That same month, frequent collaborator Boi-1da previewed two snippets of songs with Drake during a Verzuz with Hit-Boy. The two snippets were dubbed “I Did” and another snippet with Roddy Ricch was dubbed “In the Cut”. Drake officially announced his sixth studio album just hours before the release of Dark Lane Demo Tapes, and scheduled for release in late 2020.
Drake later previewed two new songs, one an unreleased track titled “Lie to Me” and the other a demo version of his 2020 DJ Khaled collaboration “Greece”, on Instagram Live. On July 29, 2020, Drake’s recording engineer Noel Cadastre revealed the album was “90% done”. On August 14, 2020, Drake announced the title of the album. In October, Drake announced that the album would be released in January 2021, but it was postponed once again due to Drake suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury.