Drake has officially confirmed the release date for his highly anticipated album, For All the Dogs, set to drop on September 22, as revealed in a late Wednesday (September 6) Instagram post.
Fans were given a glimpse into the album’s historical context through an archival video featuring Drake’s father, Dennis Graham, who was known as “Cousin Dennis” at the time. The clip showcased Graham delivering a blues performance on a Toronto TV show in the early ’90s.
The announcement of For All the Dogs comes several months after Drake piqued curiosity in June while promoting his poetry collection, titled “Titles Ruin Everything: A Stream of Consciousness.” The album confirmation emerged from a QR code found in the book’s advertisement, leading fans to a website where the homepage read, “They say they miss the old Drake, girl, don’t tempt me. FOR ALL THE DOGS.”
This upcoming album will mark Drake’s eighth solo studio project, following his June 2022 releases, Honestly, Nevermind, and Her Loss, the latter featuring 21 Savage. Both of these previous endeavors soared to the top of the Billboard 200 chart.
Teasing potential guest appearances, Drake’s recent concert performances hinted at a journey through his musical relationships. In Montreal, he brought out J. Cole, and in Philadelphia, he revisited his past feud with Meek Mill.
Rumors also swirled about a potential collaboration with Nicki Minaj during his Detroit show on July 8, where he shared, “Me and Nicki Minaj did our first song together in, like, a really long time. I got a lot of love for her.”
With the album release date coinciding with Doja Cat’s Scarlet album launch, September promises to be an exciting month for hip-hop fans. Currently, Drake is on tour with 21 Savage for their “It’s All a Blur Tour,” slated to conclude with a double feature in Drake’s hometown in early October.
UPDATE: The album’s new release date is set for October 6.