Drake’s “Certified Lover Boy” is officially a thing.
According to Billboard, the Toronto-based rapper has launched a nearly unprecedented advertising campaign that included dedicated billboards in different states. In Georgia, for example, Future and Young Thug are confirmed to appear on the album. Meanwhile, in New York City, a teaser billboard announcing the appearance of “The GOAT” has led to speculation that anyone from Jay-Z to Tupac could be dropping a verse.
Nigerian artist TEMS began trending after a billboard in her home country announced that she, too, would be appearing on “Certified Lover Boy.”
Confirmed: @temsbaby will be featured on @Drake’s ‘Certified Lover Boy”. pic.twitter.com/7OjqJN8Yu5
— The NATIVE (@NativeMag) September 2, 2021
Drake was initially due to release “Certified Lover Boy” in January 2021, but “infinitely delayed” the album when he had to undergo knee surgery.
Aubrey Graham has certainly come a long way from his early days of being “Wheelchair Jimmy” and collecting tiny royalty checks. Today, he’s considered one of the richest musicians in the United States, and his work has been firmly entrenched in our pop culture subconscious. Yet, despite his very public persona, he has managed to maintain a low profile — even keeping the secret of the existence of his son until a brutal diss track left him no other choice but to come clean.
The “Certified Lover Boy” is a certified millionaire. Let’s take a look at Drake by the numbers.
Editorial note: The net worth listed here is a speculative estimate taken from various online sources.
What Is Drake's Net Worth?
Forbes reports that Drake’s 2020 earnings topped $49 million, and placed him at no. 49 on the outlet’s Celebrity 100 list of 2020.
However, according to Celebrity Net Worth, Drake has a total net worth of $200 million, with a salary of about $70 million per year.
Most of his net worth comes from the sales of his various hit songs and albums.
“Between June 2017 and June 2018, Drake earned $45 million. In 2017 he earned a total of $95 million. Between June 2018 and June 2019, he earned $75 million. In the following 12-month period he earned $50 million,” reports the outlet.
Drake also has some money tied up in real estate. In 2012, he purchased the Saddle Ranch Bar in Los Angeles for $7.7 million in cash. In 2015, he expanded the property by purchasing an additional 1.6 acres for $2.8 million. He then spent another $4.5 million in 2018 to buy a neighboring house.
But Los Angeles isn’t the only place that Drake owns real estate. He also purchased a plot of land outside of Toronto for $6.7 million in 2016, where he’s reportedly building a chateau that takes up more than 35,000 sq. feet.
It’s estimated that, in total, Drake has $25 million tied up in real estate.
Who Is Aubrey Drake Graham?
Born Aubrey Drake Graham on Oct. 24, 1986, in Toronto, Drake got his start — perhaps most famously — on the show “Degrassi: The Next Generation.” At the age of 15, he was introduced to a friend of his father’s, who was a talent agent, who subsequently cast him in the show.
In a role that would subsequently come back to haunt him in future rap battles, Drake played “Jimmy Brooks” — also known as “Wheelchair Jimmy.”
You don’t even go here, Jimmy.
Drake began his rap career in earnest in 2006, when he released the “Room for Improvement” mixtape. He received about $300 in royalties for that album.
Drake's New Music
Drake has come a long way from his meager mixtape royalties. His latest album, “Certified Lover Boy,” will drop on Sept. 3, and features a who’s who of special guest appearances. Future, Young Thug, 21 Savage, TEMS, and Lil Baby are just a few of the many features on the album.
A billboard in New York City also seemed to imply that Jay-Z would be on the album, but so far, nothing has been confirmed yet.
— TIDAL (@TIDAL) September 2, 2021
The album “Certified Lover Boy” is Drake’s first studio album since 2018’s “Scorpion.”