Drake stunned fans on Thursday afternoon when he abruptly announced the release date of his upcoming seventh album Honestly Nevermind.
The project packs 14 tracks with only one guest feature from 21 Savage on the track “Jimmy Cooks.” Drizzy, Oliver El-Khatib, Noah “40” Shebib, Black Coffee, and Noel Cadastre are the executive producers of the album.
Drake is known for his mysterious release teasers when it comes to singles, but this album drop date comes as a surprise for many fans.
On Thursday afternoon, the rapper disclosed that the release of his seventh studio album was being released within 24 hours. Drake’s announcement is curiously made on the same day as Beyoncé, who announced on June 16 that her seventh album called ‘Renaissance’ is dropping on July 29.
Drake shared the official cover art for the album and said it would be dropping on Thursday night.
This album follows Drake’s Certified Lover Boy, which was released on September 3, 2021, amid much flare and controversy at the height of Kanye West’s beef with him.
The rapper has not released any other detail about the album, such as how tracks there are, if there are any features, and what fans can expect. Despite the suspense, the title of the project does hint at the tone of what fans can expect.
Drake shared details of the album on the premiere episode of his radio show Table For One on SiriusXM show at 11 p.m. ET on Thursday night.
Chicago Bulls center-forward and reality TV star Tristan Thompson makes an appearance in the visuals for one of the new album cuts. Just a couple of hours after surprising fans with the album, Drake dropped a video.
In the “Falling Back” visuals, Tristan Thompson plays best man at his friend Drizzy’s wedding. Drake confirms, “I’m ready to settle down. I’m in love,” before Tristan responds, “you only get married once.”
However, this is no ordinary wedding as the Certified Lover Boy is betrothed to almost two dozen women. Furthermore, he ties the knot with each in an equally unorthodox fashion. Each bride approaches Drake at the altar to receive her wedding band. Along with the customary ring, the bride(s) and groom also exchange another personal token of their love – a basketball-style handshake.
The nearly ten-minute-long video also features another special woman in Drake’s life, his mother. “I think he’s really taking these ones seriously,” she remarks to a guest. An 80’s style tribute band delivers a rendition of “Best I Ever Had” for the reception before Drake hit the dancefloor with his new wives.
Drake also delivers a message to Young Thug, Gunna, and the rest of the YSL collective currently fighting RICO charges from behind bars. The words “Free YSL,” appear on screen at the 1:53 mark. Check out the video below.