Since being unveiled last week, Drake’s Nothing Was the Same artwork has been praised for its reference to classic LPs like Biggie’s Ready to Die and Nas’ Illmatic, or mocked for its, well, ridiculous imagery. Either way, people are talking about.

Speaking with MTV’s Rob Markman at the VMA’s on Sunday, Drake finally broke down the design himself. He explains that the artwork helps to better tell his story, and is “my most clear, concise thoughts from now, and my best recollection of then.” Aubrey adds that his album will (or at least should be) positioned in stores so that baby Drake and adult Drake are facing each other on shelves. Straight from the horses mouth.

Sometimes when I try and think back on this journey, it’s so hard to pinpoint all of these moments and it gets foggy. Even on past albums when I’ve been trying to tell this story, I’ve got there, but maybe not got there all the way. 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.

I wanted to give people something that they’d be like, ‘I’ll never forget this right here.’ And it’s vibrant and there’s something about it that captures you, and I think that’s kinda how this album sounds. Not to say that it’s “light” by any means.

Watch the interview after the jump…

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