Drake’s Nothing Was The Same pushed back, artwork revealed, explained [News]
Toronto, ON – By now you might have heard that Nothing Was The Same has been rescheduled for a September 24 release. Drake confirmed the change with a tweet – “New Album Date…NOTHING WAS THE SAME SEPTEMBER 24th…www.ovosound.com” – with a link revealing new album artwork. The artwork, by artist Kadir Nelson, features two side profiles of Drake including one as baby with an afro pick, and one as an adult
Nelson, a painter and illustrator based in Los Angeles, recently spoke to MTV News about the artwork and how it came to be. After seeing some of Nelson’s work, Drake reached out to him to see if he’d be interested in taking on the Nothing Was The Same project. The pair collaborated on ideas and the concept was eventually born. As he explained to MTV’s Nadeska Alexis:
“He [Drake] wanted a signature painting. He didn’t want something that looked like a hip-hop album cover — he wanted something that was a little bit more artsy and had more weight to it, so I did a number of sketches, and when we picked out what he liked, I sculpted it together.”
To some, the artwork is a straight forward representation of Drake’s growth from young to old. But, if you place the two images side-by-side you can speculate on a deeper meaning. To me (and others), the younger Drake appears to be looking up to the man he’s striving to become while the older Drake reflects back on where he came from – how “Nothing Was The Same.”
Drake will be connecting with MTV again this Sunday for the annual VMAs. He’ll be performing “Started From the Bottom,” which is nominated in the Best Hip-Hop Video category. He is currently in Toronto co-hosting King of the Dot’s World Domination 4 battle.
According to MTV, Nelson is currently working on a new children’s book called Baby Bear, which he’ll debut next spring.
— Drizzy (@Drake) August 21, 2013
Be sure to check out OVOSound.com.
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