After cryptically teasing it last week on ESPN's SportsCenter, Drake confirmed on Monday morning (August 30) that his long-awaited new album, Certified Lover Boy, is just over the horizon. The rapper posted an image of 12 expectant mom emojis on Instagram along with the all-caps message "CERTIFIED LOVER BOY SEPTEMBER 3."
According to hip-hop journalist Elliott Wilson, who has previously interviewed Drake, the emojis art will be the album's cover. Billboard has reached out to Drake's reps.
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 Drizzy 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.