Drake released his sixth solo studio album, Certified loverin September 2021. It was originally scheduled to arrive in January of that year, but was delayed following surgery for a knee injury Drake suffered in the fall of 2020. When it finally arrived several months later , the LP quickly reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, surpassing that of Kanye West donda with what was at the time the biggest first week of 2021. Following the release of the record, Drake shared music videos for “Way 2 Sexy” and “Knife Talk.”
Drake’s goofy “Way 2 Sexy” music video was directed by frequent collaborator Dave Meyers, who captured the rapper representing many “sexy” archetypes. Drake portrayed a workout video instructor, cartoon character, older man at the beach, romance novel protagonist, action hero, and Cologne spokesperson in the visual. The clip also featured Toronto raptor Kawhi Leonard, as well as star performers Future and Young Thug.
Drake’s “Knife Talk” music video was a bit simpler; Pablo Rochat’s visual included archival clips, vintage cartoons and grainy security camera footage of Drake, alongside MCs 21 Savage and Project Pat, all of whom wielded large kitchen knives.
In November 2021, the Recording Academy nominated Drake for Best Rap Album (for Certified lover) and best rap performance (for “Way 2 Sexy”) at the 2022 Grammy Awards. Shortly after, Drake retired from litigation for the awards. Drake, who has won four Grammys, has criticized the academy in the past.
Around the same time, Drake and Kanye West officially crushed their longtime beef. The pair appeared together in a photo alongside J Prince; his caption was simply the dove of peace emoji. A few days later, the rappers announced a one-time benefit concert titled “Free Larry Hoover.” The show took place on December 9 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California, and was streamed live on Amazon.
After cooling down Certified lover deployment, Drake appeared on Future’s latest album I never loved you, which fell in April. Drake contributed to “Wait for U” (alongside Tems) and “I’m on One”. Drake also starred in the music video for the first, which was set in medieval times (the historical period, not the restaurant).
Certified lover scored the full sequel of 2018 Scorpio. Between these two LPs, Drake dropped Dark Lane Demo cassettes, which landed in 2020, as well as his 2019 compilation Care package.