Release date: Sep. 24, 2013
Art direction: Drake, Kadir Nelson (artist)
Labels: OVO Sound, Young Money, Cash Money, Republic
Much was made of Nothing Was the Same's artwork at the time of its release, with most fans expressing some sort of confoundment or frustration with the cover. Sure, the baby theme has been done in hip-hop before-whether it's Illmatic, Ready to Die, or Tha Carter III-but there seemed to be something so intentionally soft and so unmistakeably Drake about this rendering that fans couldn't help but be a little jarred.
In a way, Drake almost seemed to be parodying himself. Did he really have to make himself look so nonthreatening? Why did his blue-sky background have to be so gentle and unassertive? However, Drizzy-who has never been afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve-called this album a throwback to his life as a child, saying that Nothing Was the Same allowed him to reconnect with his youth. Said Drake, "It's a child version of myself staring at myself now. Sometimes when I try and think back on this journey, it's so hard to pinpoint all of these moments and it gets foggy. And what that album art is to me is, like, this is my most clean, concise thoughts from now and my best recollection of then. That's really what that cover's about." Looks like clear skies to us, Aubrey.