Drake
Scorpion


2.5
average

Review

by NervousYoungHuman USER (1 Reviews)
July 4th, 2018 | 48 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Nearly an hour and a half of Drake getting to the heart of nothing in particular.

Drake has been a constant in the mainstream musical landscape for as long as I have been into music. Out of all the stars who have mixed R&B, hip-hop and pop elements, he is the one that I genuinely wanted to like. There is nothing wrong with him on a surface level: his lyrics are decent enough, the production team behind him is good at crafting instrumentals and his vocal delivery is smooth. In fact, had you asked me about Drake in late 2015 to early 2016, I likely would have said I was a big fan. The two mixtapes he released in 2015 consistently stuck stylistically to hip hop, coming at the time when I had begun exploring my interest in the genre. I was eager to see what the next move was going forward.

Unfortunately, this is also when Drake began relentlessly releasing projects. There were four full-length projects, including the mixtapes and playlist, from February 2015 to March 2017. His omnipresence via market saturation exposed two of his most significant weaknesses: limited subject matter and a tendency to follow contemporary sounds (most notably dancehall and grime). Even with all that in mind, I was still intrigued to see what would happen next. So what did Drake deliver with the ambitious 90 minute double album, Scorpion"

The blunt answer: nothing new. This is not surprising, considering that he never set out to reinvent the wheel. It is a 25-song collection of hip-pop and R&B tunes about his life with an emotional veneer. Scorpion fits comfortably into his well-established something-for-everyone tactic of seeing what sticks instead of creating a cohesive album/mixtape/playlist.

Nevertheless, credit where it is due. The production is still good with reliable beats from 40, Boi-1da, No I.D., as well as several others. Is it the same atmospheric and moody style he typically works with" Sure, but it is decent and appealing enough to be used again. The sound typically associated with Drake should be used on Drake’s most Drake album, after all. However, the quality of the instrumentals is noticeable between sides A and B. Side B’s overall sound seems more polished and layered, whereas side A sounds mostly bland. The blandness sometimes crosses into cheap dime-a-dozen territory (God’s Plan, I’m Upset, Talk Up, Can’t Take a Joke). It almost comes across like the type beats aspiring producers make for aspiring rappers.

Lyrically, Scorpion is completely and utterly unremarkable. It features the same run of the mill lines that will inevitably be used for relatable “I felt that” tweets and the like. Only a handful of lyrical moments stuck out to me: “You’re old enough, but you’re still a baby” (Jaded), “Yeah I’m light skinned but I’m still a dark nigga” (Nonstop), “Kiss my son on the forehead then kiss your ass goodbye” (8 Out of 10). Even so, these stood out as rather bad or cringe worthy instead of than good in any way.

Scorpion by Drake is not a bad album so much as it is a disappointing one. Double albums in rap music, if executed correctly, can be rewarding and exciting listens. Regrettably, nothing here justifies the near hour and a half run time. There is too much filler content to balance out against the quality material. This is not an album I can recommend, unless you are a diehard Drake fan or morbidly curious.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
ripquill
July 3rd 2018


93 Comments


the average score on sput for this LP is surprisingly low imo, you guys must really not be feeling this album. Like sure it's bad but it's not any worse than most other rap LP's. Maybe it just all sounds the same to me

Drifter
July 4th 2018


13820 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I feel it hard



"Like sure it's bad but it's not any worse than most other rap LP's"

Dude...

trilogique21
July 4th 2018


1993 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

yeah what lol

Digging: Thou - Magus

NervousYoungHuman
July 4th 2018


5 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It's bland pop music. That's why it's rated low. And it is worse than other rap LPs, especially when you consider all of the interesting hip hop/rap that came out this year.

LethalPaintball
July 4th 2018


995 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"Like sure it's bad but it's not any worse than most other rap LP's."

ignorant comments regarding hip hop and anime pfps go hand and hand dont they

Log S.
July 4th 2018


2056 Comments


They're hardly an unfriendly combination

Drifter
July 4th 2018


13820 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hopefully he meant to put in "this year"

NervousYoungHuman
July 4th 2018


5 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Hopefully lol

LethalPaintball
July 4th 2018


995 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

even then theres still a few great hip hop releases from this year >.>

Drifter
July 4th 2018


13820 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ikr like this one

Log S.
July 4th 2018


2056 Comments


Haven't heard this yet but even if you only look at the recent Ye productions it's been a pretty good year for "the hop" so far

claygurnz
July 4th 2018


5023 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Just got through disc one and I'm really enjoying this

NervousYoungHuman
July 4th 2018


5 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Glad you like it clay and ye has been killing it on production this year for sure

SIIMBOLIC
July 5th 2018


1307 Comments


the most punchable face in music returns

Drifter
July 5th 2018


13820 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Why

Log S.
July 5th 2018


2056 Comments


Wants to punch him to steal his money, women, & sweet coatz

Drifter
July 5th 2018


13820 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Drake is one of the most humble artists I've ever seen tbh. In interviews he's just so goofy and fun.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOEDtqdbWAg



This interview with Nardwuar is goat

TheMrAlexK
July 5th 2018


10278 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

You can't be serious right now

Drifter
July 5th 2018


13820 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I am actually.

Keyblade
July 5th 2018


25834 Comments


dude spends half of this album bragging lol



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