Canadian singer Drake replaced his face with Kobe Bryant’s on the cover of his album to honour the LA Lakers star. Kobe Bryant bid adieu to his favourite game and his team amidst celebrations and tributes on April 13, the day also known as ‘Mamba Day.’

Is this going to be the new album cover for his upcoming “Views From the 6?”

Apparently not. The singer honoured Bryant, one of the greatest NBA players, ahead of the game by putting his face on the cover of his second album, “Take Care.” Hollywood Life explains that the gesture is truly touching as it shows the singer’s respect and love for the player despite being a part owner of the competitor team. Drake, it is known, partly owns Toronto Raptors. The photo shows Drake being replaced by Bryant’s face, the figure holding a goblet and a snake (most probably a mamba) at the front.

The message reads “Thank you for everything. #MambaDay.”

Bryant got the “Black Mamba” nickname in reference to the hissing sound that he makes by clenching his teeth and pushing air out, reveals ESPN. It is inspired by the movie “Kill Bill” where Black Mamba represents a deadly assassin. When quizzed about it, Bryant revealed that the moniker suited him well and gave a perfect description of his game, informs Ad Age.

Nike has dubbed April 13, the day of his last game, as Mamba Day and released a short film to commemorate his retirement. Fellow sporting champions are a part of this light-hearted short film.

According to Daily Mail, Bryant, 37, donned the Lakers uniform for the last time yesterday for the team’s game against Utah Jazz. Ad Age elaborates that Bryant has always recognised the contribution of his fans to his game and had penned a letter to them after announcing his retirement.

In the meantime, Drake is gearing up to release fourth studio album “Views From the 6” on April 29. Fuse TV states that the album will premiere on Apple Music exclusively for a week. It is also being speculated that the ‘6’ in the album’s title refers to the singer’s hometown, Toronto.

Other sports superstars honoured Black Mamba on Instagram and Twitter.

Prepare and play off Instinct. #mambaday

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As a diehard @lakers fan, thank you Kobe for all the memories and of course the 5 titles!

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#Mambaday #Legend

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