Earlier this week, the cover art for Drake’s forthcoming album, Nothing Was The Same, was revealed. Now, Drake explains, and speaks on the meaning behind the artwork.

During a recent interview with MTV backstage at the VMA’s, Drake explained his Nothing Was The Same cover art.

Drake states:

“When you go to the store, you’ll see the full painting.”

He revealed that the cover art is actually…

“an oil painting by Kadir Nelson.”

He adds, while speaking on the standard and deluxe edition covers:

“When it’s positioned on the shelf at whatever store you go to, if they do it as I’ve asked, you’ll see that it’s a child version of myself staring at myself now.”

Drake explains the meaning of the cover art as he says that it represents the story he has been trying to tell, and that the story finally comes out on this album:

“Sometimes when I try and think back through this journey it’s hard to pinpoint all these moments. On past albums when I’ve been trying to tell the story, I’ve got there but maybe not got there all the way.”

Nothing Was The Same is slated for a September 24th release, which is one-week later than its original release date of September 17th.

View Drake’s interview with MTV, below: