Drake - Nothing Was The Same
The cover for this album was originally an oil painting done by Kadir Nelson. Kadir stated that he had listened to Drake’s music for inspiration, made a few sketches, picked the best one and then sculpted it together. He also gave Drake a full size painting of the cover.
The cover was inspired by one of Kadir’s paintings, Cleaned Cotton, which is from 2011.
Drake spoke about it on CRWN, (click link for full story):
I just loved it, because as amazing as it is, it’s almost like that painting you see at your grandma’s house down in the South or something. It just had that feeling to it, that soul. Kadir has this piece called Cleaned Cotton, which is an image of a slave sitting in a field cleaning cotton. It’s just so painful. It has a blue sky behind it, and I was like, I love this. I love this image so much. So I called him, and he said he was willing to come and meet me.
The younger Drake is seen with afro comb, and the older Drake with a Gold chain. This cover is very similar to that of Nas' covers for Illmatic and It Was Written, both with a similar message too. In Drake’s case, this is a representation of Drake’s journey from the time he was a child, until now. Both in terms of rapping and being in the game, and also his life.
In a lot of Drake’s recent interviews, he has dealt with happiness and being content which is mostly what this album is about. This represents the adult version of Drake. In Drake’s previous work, he was always wanting. Never satisfied or content, he would always want more. That represents the child version of Drake. In a way, the child is also looking up to the adult version of Drake, considering that he has everything he wants and is happy yet the child is not yet content and is still searching. Drake also explained the meaning behind the album cover.
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