There’s a small chance Drake could deliver his Certified Lover Boy album at midnight on Friday (August 28). According to an Instagram post from DJ Akademiks, if Drake doesn’t deliver the project, he won’t be eligible for the 2021 Grammy Awards.
“Tomorrow will be the last Friday in the eligibility period for the 2021 63rd Grammys,” he wrote. “This one of the main factors in the speculation building that Drake may release an album tonight. Any projects release after this Friday will be eligible for nominations for 2022 Grammys.”
Certified Lover Boy will mark Drake’s sixth studio album and follow-up to 2018’s double album Scorpion. The multiplatinum-selling artist has already shared one single from the project called “Laugh Now Cry Later” featuring Lil Durk. The song stirred up some controversy online after fans determined Durk was dissing Tekashi 6ix9ine with the line, “I’m in the trenches, relax/Can you not play that lil’ boy in the club? ‘Cause we do not listen to rats.”
As the online chatter continued, Durk fueled the flames by addressing the line on Instagram — albeit covertly.
He wrote in the caption, “Please do not play that lil Boi in the club cause we do not listen to rats” alongside a photo of himself laughing.
Among the chief complaint about the song was that Durk’s verse wasn’t long enough. But according to Durk, COVID-19 prevented the verse from being more robust. He told Complex during the course of a one-day session, he actually recorded two or three different verses for the song.
“Oh, when I sang on the verse, I left. I thought it was done,” Durk said. “This was around the time the studio was really tripping about COVID. But when I had left the studio, it was supposed to get mixed the next day. So that being a shorter version was on my end.”
The video for “Laugh Now, Cry Later” has already racked up over 56 million YouTube views since its August 13 release. Check it out below.