Drake has pushed back the release date of his next album, For All the Dogs, to October 6 due to his ongoing It’s All a Blur Tour with 21 Savage. The rapper broke the news in an Instagram story posted early this morning (viewed by Pitchfork). “Okay my dilemma I am faced with is I either cancel shows to finish the album or I complete the mission and drop the album before the last show,” he wrote. “I owe you all these memories we are building and anywhere we have missed to date we will be spinning back for sure.”
“For All the Dogs October 6th,” Drake closed his message. “Its only right….”
For All the Dogs was originally slated for release on September 22. The new album would have landed at the same time as Doja Cat’s Scarlet, which boasts the recent chart-topping hit “Paint the Town Red.” Drake’s previous three releases—Certified Lover Boy, Honestly, Nevermind, and Her Loss—have all debuted at No 1. He had previously maintained a streak of nine straight chart-toppers, only for Dark Lane Demo Tapes to debut at No. 2, below Kenny Chesney’s album Here and Now back in 2020.
On Friday (September 15), Drake dropped his For All the Dogs single “Slime You Out,” his first-ever collaboration with SZA. The rapper teased the track with with a photo of Halle Berry getting slimed at the 2012 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards. Berry later said that Drake did not get her permission to use the image. Ultimately, Drake used the photo only in an Instagram teaser, not as the official single art.
Drake announced For All the Dogs back in June with the release of his poetry book, Titles Ruin Everything. In newspaper ads promoting the book, Drake included a QR code that led to a website with the following message: “I made an album to go with the book. They say they miss the old Drake girl don’t tempt me. FOR ALL THE DOGS.”
In August, Drake shared the For All the Dogs cover artwork, which features a white dog with red eyes, drawn by his 5-year-old son, Adonis Graham. Drake and 21 Savage will wrap up their It’s All a Blur Tour on October 9 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio.
This article was originally published on Saturday, September 16, at 9:50 a.m. Eastern. It was last updated on Monday, September 18, at 9:54 a.m. Eastern.