At the end of 2017’s More Life, Drake mulled over the idea of staying mum in order to protect his creative process. “Maybe gettin’ back to regular life will humble me / I’ll be back in 2018 with the summary,” he calmly mused on “Do Not Disturb.” Now, music fans have once again found themselves amidst the summer Nor’easter of a Drake album rollout. After dropping No. 1 singles and genius music videos, sharing strategically cryptic social media posts, and strangely pulling off a pump fake in a rap beef, the Toronto rapper has released Scorpion, his fifth studio album and first double album.
With 25 tracks, Scorpion finds Drake playing both sides of the fence on each of the album’s faces. He pulls from his grizzled and gleaming Southern hip-hop influences as well as his lovable, light-skinned-Care-Bear-sensitive-soul proclivities (keep in mind, the man has portraits of Sade and Aaliyah tattooed on him). Production credits range from some of Drake’s most trusted beat smiths like Noah “40” Shebib to hip-hop legends like DJ Premier and No I.D.
Drake not only takes the opportunity to clear the air about his rumored son, a screw that Pusha-T twisted (“I wasn’t hiding my kid from the world / I was hiding the world from my kid”), but also to insinuate that his deal with Cash Money Records might finally be ending with Scorpion‘s release (“Soon as this album drop I’m out of the deal / In the house playing D’Angelo ‘How Does It Feel’ “).
Oh, and the record features a “guest verse” from Michael Jackson. Hey — with Drizzy being streaming’s record-breaking king and wanting to remain there, more is more.
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— Genius (@Genius) June 29, 2018
Enough Drake for me. ? pic.twitter.com/ns4eFIUqun
— Clayton Shlangu (@_claythefireman) June 29, 2018
Don't let Drake's album distract you from the fact LeBron has to make his decision today
— KLHJR (@Flyer_thanu2) June 29, 2018
Ay Drake is the only rapper in history that can make people that love him and people that hate him BOTH anticipate his album and actually listen ? dude im a big Eminem fan but people I know that hate him won’t even press play same with Weezy, K Dot, Cole, Hov etc.???
— bOVOrnMaca (@OVOMaca) June 29, 2018
— Alice (@alice2096) June 29, 2018
Drake doesen't really need a marketing team the whole internet does it for him
— Uncle Rackz? (@T_RackzSa) June 29, 2018
— Wolfgang (@kamusigi9) June 29, 2018
— Depression Is Real (@_BabyLira) June 29, 2018
The King Of Pop, Michael Jackson and Drake – New Song “It Don’t Matter To Me” pic.twitter.com/4BZbBHfkF6
— Celebrating The Life Of Michael Jackson (@MJStarOfficial) June 29, 2018
— N H L A K A N I P H O ??✨. (@n_lwethudube_) June 29, 2018
I think that they probably stretched Michael’s vocals out on Drake’s song
This is it just sped up a little and it sounds so much more like him❤️ pic.twitter.com/PrmjtmZBoV
— MJfanatic (@jobsessed_m) June 29, 2018