Drake is back and he’s upset.
Following his 2017 More Life playlist, Scorpion is Drake’s 5th studio album and he’s got quite a lot to say. Clocking in at a massive 25 tracks spanning an hour and a half, Scorpion is split into a double-sided project with plenty of hits to keep you entertained throughout.
There was an APB out for Drake after he went missing following his rap beef with the ultimate dirt digger, Pusha T. His lack of a response to Pusha T’s “Story of Adidon” left rap fans disappointed. Drake’s response in “Emotionless” is a humbled, calculated one. He doesn’t deny the claims made against him, nor does he re-engage in the back and forth shenanigans. Long story short, Drake claims that his reason for keeping his child a secret was for his son’s own good; that it was better to keep him away from the media attention and flack from the masses. His following lines, “until you staring at your seed you could never relate”, could be considered a jab at Pusha T who doesn’t have kids and wouldn’t know what it’s like.
Moving forward, Scorpion could be Drake’s cockiest album yet. Drake raps as if he has a chip on his shoulder. It’s like he has to constantly remind people that he’s not a chump. He has to constantly remind people that he’s arguably the best rapper in the game. And we love it. An irritated Drake is a deadly Drake and the music resulting from his annoyances is phenomenal 8 out of 10 times. This is probably most demonstrated in “Mob Ties”. Drake is apparently “sick of these niggas”. Just when you think he’s fed up, he’s not done yet because the follow-up track, “Can’t Take a Joke” is a banger and he is still quite upset apparently.
As previously mentioned, Scorpion is a double-sided album. Whereas volume one is pretty much an angry rapping Drake showcase, volume two is more relaxed. It’s almost as if Drake geared the first volume toward his haters and slanderers. Then, the album completely pulls the rug from under you with “Peak.” This is the song where Drake drags you down into the deep, dark, lonely abyss that has given Drake that patented OVO sound.
As a whole, the second volume of the Scorpion album could largely be classified as for the ladies. Sure, the guys may like “Blue Tint” or even “That’s How You Feel”. However, it seems that there is clearly a female demographic being targeted in the latter half of the project. This is not a bad thing though, it may actually be genius.
Drake has two fan bases: the hip hop fans who just want Drake to rap those arrogant, flashy and supremely clever quotables he’s so known for. Then you have the other group of fans who prefer the singing, vulnerable Drake who makes music for the dancehall and bedroom. So, by splitting the album in half, Drake actually serves each group with 40+ minutes of music each. Here’s the cherry on top: both groups can enjoy either side of the album.
It’s fascinating to see how Drake grows, improves, and consistently puts out high-quality bodies of work while maintaining to sit at the top tier of the rap game. Scorpion was worth the wait, and will likely be considered a classic Drake album.
Junky Locker’s Favorite 3 Tracks
- Mob Ties
- Can’t Take a Joke