The wait is finally over!
Drake’s long-awaited album Certified Lover Boy has finally arrived, released at 2 a.m. ET, and there are no doubt some sleepy Drake fans on Friday morning who stayed up to listen through the night.
The new album can be heard in its entirety right here:
Certified Lover Boy took less than 12 hours to break records, making it already the most streamed album in a single day for Apple Music in 2021, according to Billboard. It also makes Drake the most streamed artist in a 24 hour period this year.
Ahead of the album’s release. Drake shared some messages of congratulations heralding the album’s arrival — including one from his mom.
“It’s finally come, the countdown has reached one, with each new album my heart skips a beat, being your mother has been my life’s greatest treat,” wrote his mother, Sandi Graham, in a poem-like note that he shared on Instagram Story. “It’s been a long hard road together, now there’s one more day to go. I wanna celebrate you son, more than you’ll ever know.”
She concluded by signing, “Love you more now and forever.”
Fans also got a kick in the album out of a line on the track “Race My Ming” in which Drake appears to reference Ayesha Curry, the wife of NBA star Steph Curry.
“How I’m supposed to wife you if you ain’t Ayesha enough,” Drake raps, which sent her name trending on Twitter.
“You not Ayesha enough” is about to be the Fuck boy caption of the year. pic.twitter.com/Oa6x5wojp0
— Logo Stompin’ ✊🏿Kdot (@bendallrolls) September 3, 2021
— Jenn (@jennnnnnnl) September 3, 2021
As one fan pointed out, though, Steph tweeted out his congratulations to Drake on the new album, indicating he might be alright with the Ayesha reference.
guess the Ayesha reference was cleared https://t.co/D11kZOQjK3
— Nathan Hubbard (@NathanCHubbard) September 3, 2021
Previously, Drake tweeted an image of what appeared to be the new album’s artwork, featuring emojis of a diverse group of pregnant women.
— OVO Sound (@OVOSound) August 30, 2021