Here's the artwork again; here's the Mario version.
Will the explanation help quell the #NWTS album cover jokes? Probably not. But it does help.
Drake talks to MTV about the concept behind the artwork above and transcribed below:
"It’s a child version of myself starring at myself now. When I try to think back through this journey, it’s so hard to pinpoint all these moments and it gets foggy. Even on past albums when I been trying to tell this story, I’ve got there, but maybe not got there all the way. What that album art is to me is that this is my most clear, concise thoughts from now and my best recollection of then."
I dig that concept, I really do. But I think it's that background that lessens the effect of it for me. A simple black backdrop would have done the idea more justice I think. Regardless, the music drops September 24th and I think that's what everyone is more concerned about.
Also, I just saw this, but Milwaukee Bucks Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings was leading the #NWTS army at the VMAs the other night. Peep:
Sgt. Brandon Jennings and his troop reporting for duty.
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