Teen Review: Scorpion by Drake
Review by Samir, member of the Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group
Drake is a household name in Toronto and is one of the well-known artist from this city. He has released numerous bodies of work which have all been successful and his latest album, “Scorpion”, is no exception. Drake released “Scorpion”, his fifth studio album, on June 29th of this year. It contains a whopping 25 songs, making it Drake's longest album yet. Since it is a “double album”, there are two sections labelled “A side” and “B side”. The “A side” contains rap songs whereas the “B side” is composed of R&B songs. Despite having so many songs, there are only four features (Michael Jackson, Jay-Z, Ty Dolla Sign, and Static Major). It includes many viral hits such “God’s Plan”, “In My Feelings”, and “Nice for What”. In addition to this a few fan favorites include “Mob Ties”, “Can’t Take a Joke”, and “Nonstop”.
In terms of statistics, “Scorpion” is one of Drake’s most successful albums. It went platinum on the day it was released. It debuted as #1 amongst the Billboard 200 album charts. In the first 24 hours, it amassed 132 million streams on Spotify and 170 million streams on Apple music. Within the first week, Drake's album surpassed 1 billion streams. “Scorpion” was the number one album in over 90 countries. Additionally, Drake is the third artist to posthumously work with Michael Jackson.
All of these amazing accomplishments aside, many dedicated Drake fans are claiming this album was one of his worst albums yet. Personally, as a Drake fan since 2012, I agree with this statement. Although there are a few songs that I like, such as “Nonstop” and “Can’t Take a Joke”, the album is diluted with songs that don’t live up to expectations. Unlike his previous albums, I can’t listen to “Scorpion” as a whole. Perhaps the format doesn’t suit Drake or he’s making adjustments to appeal to a larger audience.
I would rate “Scorpion” a 3/5, as it has a few catchy songs and some well written lyrics, but the album (as a work of art) fails to deliver the vibe and sound Drake is known for. In comparison to previous Drake albums such as “Take Care” or “If You're Reading This It's Too Late” this album seems like a compilation of throwaway songs. I think the album is not as memorable as Drake's other works and it seems to me that most songs on “Scorpion” are similar.
Despite the numbers, “Scorpion” was a letdown as a Drake album and felt rushed. I know it’s essential for an artist to evolve and change but I hope Drake’s next album is more similar to his older albums. These are my opinions but you can make the comparison yourself.