Certified Lover Boy vs. Donda

Drake outsells Kanye in first week

Certified Lover Boy vs. Donda

Dimitrius Reyes , Staff Reporter

Drake has dropped his sixth studio album on September 3 titled Certified Lover Boy (CLB). The title of the album Certified Lover Boy, is most likely named after what Drake deems himself as: a lover boy. The album cover, which is of twelve pregnant emojis, and has been met with widespread acclaim, speculation about the message of the album cover has fans saying it’s about the amount of “baby mamas” Drake has or how the album was nine months late since the album was set to release at the beginning of the year in January, but it was postponed. The album has many features from Lil Durk, Jay Z, Travis Scott, 21 Savage, Rick Ross, Future, Young Thug, and more. The most notable songs from the album are “Knife Talk (with 21 Savage)”, “Way 2 Sexy (with Future)”, “Champagne Poetry”, “Papi’s Home”, “No Friends In The Industry.” The album has been met with mixed opinions from it being a “lazy album” or “the greatest album ever made” according to Jared McCormack (22). Karson Chadwick (22) does not share the same enthusiasm. He said,  “I think CLB was disappointing, Drake didn’t try anything new with the album. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t good.”

 On the other side of the coin Wesley Martin (22) said, “In my opinion CLB was a good album, I was anticipating more of old school Drake, like more hype songs just for something new. But, after listening to it a couple more times I started to ease into it more and like the album more.” Leading up to the release of the album, Kanye West had started a feud with Drake. The dispute had been going on way before the release, but it reached its peak when Kanye had planned to drop his album and leaked the date of CLB’s release. Donda, a tribute to his deceased mother Donda West, was set to be released on the same day that CLB was but the album was released on August 29, without Kanye’s approval. The album, which was dropped on a Sunday morning was met with 309 thousand sales in the first week. Meanwhile, CLB dropped going into Labor Day weekend, a nice touch, and had approximately 604 thousand sales in the first week. Martin did not have the same enthusiasm for Donda as he did CLB, considering he could not get himself to finish listening to Kanye’s whole album,“ It wasn’t for me I didn’t see the appeal,” he said.

Although not many students refuse to praise Donda, Chadwick said,  “Albums like CLB were disappointing but Donda was more appealing to me than CLB.” Mitch Haythorn (24) also said, “The production was good and I think he established his spot at number one.” Despite the beef between both artists their legacies are legendary and will never be touched, the release of these albums has many wanting more and hoping that they will drop more albums/music moving into the future.