Drake has taken an unconventional and endearing approach to the cover art of his upcoming album For All the Dogs. In a surprising move, he enlisted his five-year-old son, Adonis, to design the artwork, injecting a personal touch that has garnered attention and reactions from fans and fellow artistes alike.
On Monday, 21st August, Drake, often referred to as the 6 God, offered his Instagram followers a first glimpse of the album cover. Adonis' creation takes center stage against a black backdrop – a drawing of a dog with glowing red eyes and a white fur coat. The striking image carries an intriguing and somewhat menacing allure, hinting at the tone of Drake's forthcoming musical offering.
The caption accompanying the artwork, "FOR ALL THE DOGS. Cover by Adonis," underlines the collaboration and showcases the sentimental value it holds for the rapper. The unexpected nature of the cover has sparked an array of reactions, with fans and peers flooding Drake's comments with their thoughts.
Adonis' artistic endeavor received approval from several notable names in the industry. The likes of The Game, Sexyy Red, Hit-Boy, Jim Jones and Juelz Santana all showed their appreciation with fire emojis. A$AP Nast, on the other hand, humorously commented, "That ain’t no damn dog that’s a demon!"
This artistic work is a departure from Drake's previous album covers. In 2021, he commissioned renowned British artist Damien Hirst to design the cover for his sixth album, Certified Lover Boy, which featured a series of pregnant women emojis. Similarly, 2013's Nothing Was the Same displayed a contemporary Drake juxtaposed against his younger self in front of a cloud-speckled blue sky, a piece created by Kadir Nelson.
Comparisons can be drawn to the cover of If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, which bore the title scrawled in a rough manner in front of a plain white background. This new cover aligns with the mixtape vibe of Drake's 2015 work.
For All the Dogs was first announced in June, coinciding with the news of Drake's debut poetry book, Titles Ruin Everything: A Stream of Consciousness. Throughout his It’s All a Blur Tour alongside 21 Savage, Drake has been utilizing the platform to provide teasers and updates about the album. He has even appeared wearing dog masks on his way to performances, further stoking the intrigue.
Drake's commitment to his craft and his audience was evident as he addressed the crowd during the tour, promising the release of For All the Dogs soon. He acknowledged the yearning for his previous style while expressing his dedication to creating music that resonates with fans' emotions and experiences.
One notable collaboration that will stir up nostalgia on this album is his reunion with long-time collaborator Nicki Minaj. While a specific release date remains undisclosed, Drake assured his fans in Inglewood, California that For All the Dogs is "coming real soon." If the album arrives by the end of August, it will mark Drake's fourth full-length release within two years, solidifying this period as one of the most prolific in his illustrious career.
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