Scorpion is Drakes 5th studio album, from his too hit singles Gods Plan and Nice For What Scorpion was announced to be a double album, “A Side” being a full hip-hop album, and “B side” being described as R&B and Pop. The hype surrounding this album was very low compared to the anticipation for his last studio album Views. With too number one hits it seemed that each week we would get more news to go along with this too part album, so when listening to Scorpion I feel its safe to say there’s a lot of material that could have been higher quality.
A Side ( Hip Hop )
When listening to A side I feel that Drake is in a very weird space in his career. When listening to many tracks it seems that Drake only discusses 1 particular thing which is his son. Drake is very hit or miss with many of these 12 songs on this first side of this album. Songs like Emotionless, Sandra’s Rose, and Is There More, are tracks with incredible production but listening to those three tracks it falls down the line where I take absolutely nothing away from those tracks but Drake touching on the repetitive subject of his son. I love the change in style and flow from tracks like “Elevate”, and “Talk Up” with a soothing melodic sound on Elevate, and a Grimy amazing sample from N.W.A Dope Man. This album hits very low on tracks like “Nonstop, “Im Upset”, and “Mob Ties, where Drake raps the most amateurish bars of the whole album, also trying to rap in the cadence as Playboi Carti or Migos. A Side really can be summed up as somewhat Mediocre for reasons of the songs that are good have some low points that throws the whole song off. I feel Drake could do much better.
B Side ( R&B and Pop )
The B Side honestly is better then the A Side but still in some ways falls flat just like the first half of the album. The first track starts off on a very strong note with Peak, with strong vocals with a peaceful melodic sound. There are many tracks on this project that could have been left off like That’s How You Feel, Summer Games, and Ratchet Happy Birthday. Some of these songs are just flat out boring or very unexciting. On the track “Dont Matter To Me”, Michael Jackson’s Vocals sound so exposed and unfinished, that it makes you question why would you use these vocals in his type of manner. The best songs on this album is After Dark, Blue Tint, and In My Feelings. I feel those three songs are the best songs on the whole album alone and is some of the highest points from both sides of this project. On the last track it is somewhat of a hip hop track but once again falls on the side of drake talking about his son, and how he feels about being a parent.
The one thing I can say about this album is that it is a huge step up from Views, and More Life. The biggest setback from this project is it seems too congested. I feel out of these 25 songs if 13 was removed this would be an amazing album. This album is not bad its just very messy where starting the song it would be real good but there’s a sample or extra vocals that come in later that would mess up the song.
This Album deserves a solid 6.5/10 because of the packed songs that made this project, and some very mediocre tracks, but still assembling amazing production, and with showing some great spots on this album. Drake still needs to get back to his old roots but showing a sign of progression helps, and should help him in the long run.