Drake’s latest album “Scorpion”  was released Friday June 29th, 2018.  Previews of the tracklist circulated through social media and people seemingly noticed the album consisted of 25 songs. The dual album is divided into an “A” and “B” side, giving us his normal mix of Hip-Hop and R&B.  Scorpion explores the rappers emotions, life challenges, intimate desires and replies to some recent unanswered questions.

Drake begins by slightly addressing insults thrown at him during his recent feud with rapper, Pusha – T.  On a track entitled “Emotionless”, Drake mentions the son he was accused of being an absentee father to during the rap beef.

I wasn’t hiding my kid from the from the world, I was hiding the world from my kid”, the rapper expressed.

Ironically, Drake names the song “Emotionless” while using a sample from Mariah Carey’s MTV unplugged version of “Emotions”. It’s even more ironic that he expresses his emotions in the song.

Though Drake takes pride in being canadian, he has even more pride in his Tennessee roots. Scorpion’s 2nd track “Nonstop” is produced by none other than Memphis, Tennessee native, Tay Keith. Tay Keith provided Drake with a catchy hook and baseline. The rapper uses this song to portray his high level of confidence and bragging rights through clever punchlines.

I just took it left like I’m ambidex”, the rapper metaphorically said. 

Drake has worked with Tay Keith on other projects as well. The rapper is featured on Blocboy JB’s  “Look Alive” (another Tennessee native), which was produced by Tay Keith. Drake shows his appreciation for Tennessee musicians through collaborating  with them on popular songs. 

For this album, Drake was clearly inspired by New Orleans Bounce music. In April, Drake released single “Nice For What”, which features samples from Lauryn Hill’s “Ex-Factor”. The song even featured New Orleans Bounce artist, Big Freedia.  The un-syncopated rhythm replicated that of the popular Bounce genre. On Scorpion, Drake provides us with yet another Bounce inspired track entitled “In my feelings”. The track includes an unexpected feature from City Girls, a rap duo that originated in Miami, Florida. For this track, Drake also sampled a bounce song titled “Smoking Anthem” by the late New Orleans rapper, Magnolia Shorty.  In addition to that, he shows his loyalty to rapper Lil Wayne by including a sample from his 2008 hit single “Lollipop”. Drake managed to squeeze in more than enough into a three-minute song.

Scorpion consists of samples that inspired some of the albums’ songs. At the 2:28 time mark of the “8 out of 10”  track, a recording of a popular Instagram video of the rapper Plies begins to play. “I can’t argue with you, you mad”,  said Plies in the sampled video. In addition to that, Drake also samples Nicki Minaj’s live performance of “Boss A**B*tch” on the “That’s How You Feel” track.  On the track titled “After Dark” Drake uses a sample from R&B singer, Maxwell’s “The Suite Theme”. The 80’s R&B themed love song also included vocals from Ty Dolla $ign and the late Static Major. Drake also used Static Major’s vocals on his sophomore album Take Care in the song titled “Look What You’ve Done”. And in the most iconic way, Drake includes an unreleased Michael Jackson sample on the track “Don’t Matter To Me”.

Drake concludes the album with a song titled “March 14”, a song dedicated to his son. The canadian rapper uses this song to express his regrets for becoming a single father, and sorrow for not being able to create the family he’s always envisioned.

Single father, I hate when I hear it. I used to challenge my parents on every album, now I’m embarrassed to tell them I ended up as a co-parent”, said Drake.

The rapper also expresses his desire to make amends with the mother of his child.

Hopefully, by the time you hear this, me and your mother will have come around”, he adds.

Drake saves the last track of the album to fully answer questions that fans had been speculating about.

The 90 minute album is filled with summer anthems and songs that could potentially put you in a melancholy mood. Drake delivered yet another album that his consistent with his notable flow.

 

 

By: Taylor Hopkins

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