Drake’s ‘Scorpion’ lacks sting
Nobody asked for a 25 track album, so we’ve shortened it to all the best bits, call it Scorpion (Revised) if you will.
First off, f*ck Aubrey Graham.
Nobody asked for a 25 track album. Nobody has the energy for a 25 track album. Drake is an artist who knows how to hit the fake deep feelings of his youthful audience with his lyrics but obviously, he has no concept of how short our attention spans are. For every stellar moment on Scorpion, there are half-a-dozen black holes sucking the energy out of them.
For the people looking to compare Scorpion with June’s G.O.O.D. Music releases, it seems like their creations are set in polar opposite principals. Kanye West gave his fans what they needed. All meat, no fat, only tracks that he knew would be excellent. Drake has tried to give everyone what they wanted. A double album, stressing that there was both Rap and R&B — he’s tried to include something that will appeal to every single listener and in doing so has just tired us out.
One thing I didn’t tire of throughout this record was the confirmation of Adidon’s existence. “I wasn’t hiding my kid from the world/ I was hiding the world from my kid” has been the line getting the most attention since the album’s release, but Drizzy cleverly made us wait until the very last track of the album to really go in depth. March 14, which I believe to be his son’s birthday, directly addresses Drake’s relationship with Sophie Brussaux, coming to terms with fatherhood and being forced to mature.
It makes you wonder though, what would this album have sounded like without the Pusha T beef? March 14 is one of the most memorable tracks, and references to Adidon are some of the record’s most interesting bars. It sounds to me like Pusha forced this topic on Drake, and in a weird way it had worked out for him, strengthening Scorpion just a little.
Excellent feature selection is also a strength. Jay Z has a strong showing on Talk Up, in which he references the death of XXXTentacion rapping “Y’all killed X and let Zimmerman live / Streets is done”. The internet is saying this line dates the creation of this track to late June, but I’d say it’s far more likely that Jay added these bars to an already completed verse.
Which brings us to the Michael Jackson feature/sample. People went crazy when Drizzy revealed the King of Pop’s name on the tracklist. My first thought was “this is gonna be amazing, or Drake is gonna get dragged — and the space in between is huge”. If we’re being honest, it is not a bad track. But the MJ bridge sounds like The Weeknd trying to sound like MJ. The vocals have clearly been manipulated to all hell, and it kills the soul that MJ’s voice would usually carry.
All in all, Scorpion is Drake doing Drake. He’s sticking to his guns, doing what he knows best, and playing it pretty safe. As we’ve come to expect from the man, he pulls some pretty heavy “inspiration” from guys like 21 Savage (on Nonstop), Young Thug (on Mob Ties) and Travis Scott. The majority of the production on the record is excellent. Noah Shebib (OVO40) has done a great job on the Executive Producer duties, and it’s exciting to see guys like DJ Premier and Drake working together.
At the end of the day, there is no way I will ever listen to this whole album back-to-front ever again. If only there was a way to get the full experience, soul, message, journey without the length… Well there is. I’ve spent the past two days piecing together a 13 track version of Scorpion. Coming in at an very listenable 49 minutes, you’ve got all the key tunes, features and themes covered. I wasn’t about to just let the gems hidden in this pile of crap go to waste.
This article originally appeared on Hendon.
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