What does "certified by Luis Mora" mean? Drake caption sparks interest

Olivia Olphin September 14, 2021

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Drake’s new album Certified Lover Boy dropped on 3 September and has become an instant classic. The TSU rapper has just shared some alternative album cover designs on his Instagram, with one captioned “certified by Luis Mora”. We introduce you to the Californian photographer and skateboarder.

Drake shares Instagram posts for the CLB era

Certified Lover Boy has broken all the records; at the present moment 9 of its 21 songs are sitting in the top 10 of Billboards Hot 100.

To commemorate this incredible success Drake has just shared multiple alternative versions of his CLB album cover on his Instagram, including one ‘certified’ by Damian Hurst, Theo Skudra, and Milo Manara. These pieces of artwork celebrate the Certified Lover Boy era and show the creative process behind the album cover.

Drake shared one picture of himself with rumoured girlfriend Johanna Leia. This was accompanied by the caption “certified by Luis Mora”.

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What does “certified by Luis Mora” mean?

“Certified by Luis Mora” means that this image was Luis Mora’s take on, and vision for the Certified Lover Boy album cover. The phrase also suggests that the shot was taken by Luis Mora and that he own the rights to the image. The word ‘certified’ is a clear reference to Drake’s newest album, and the ‘certified’ era as a whole.

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Meet photographer Luis Mora

Luis Mora is a photographer, skateboarder and creative from Lake Tahoe, California. The west-coast native has nearly 1.5 million subscribers on his YouTube channel where he shares 4k videos of himself and his friends skating around the world, including cities such as Tokyo and Manhattan.

Mora also has an impressive Instagram account with over 426k followers. Although he doesn’t post much about his personal life he shared a photo celebrating his marriage with his long-term partner Masumi on 6 September 2019. The pair met when they started talking in a guest house in Tokyo and the rest is history.

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Mora also is part of the Erased Project, which sells modern skate gear and streetwear.

We love these new album covers, and will have to go and listen to CLB all over again.

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Olivia Olphin is an English Literature graduate and a film and literature fanatic. She has many years of reviewing experience, recently working as accredited press for the London Film Festival. She has also written widely about culture and sex education, as well as LGBTQ+ and women's issues.