Drake Scorpion Album Review
ABW Album Rating Chart
✊🏾 ✊🏾 ✊🏾 ✊🏾 ✊🏾 = Hip Hop Classic
✊🏾 ✊🏾 ✊🏾 ✊🏾 = Excellent Album, Must Cop!
✊🏾 ✊🏾 ✊🏾 = Decent Album, Worth Checking Out
✊🏾 ✊🏾 = Needs Work. Below Avg Album
✊🏾 = Complete Trash, Dumpster Juice
Nearly a decade in the game and Drake is still the biggest artist in any genre of music. Being as big of an artist as he is, every time he puts out an album it’s met with extremely high anticipation. Of course with high anticipation comes high expectations met with strong critiques. One of the main reasons he’s at the status he’s at is that he’s been able to maneuver between different sounds and genres. One song he’s doing an R&B ballads another he’s doing trap music style tracks with Future, then another he’s doing New Orleans bounce music, etc. With doing that he’s able to satisfy everybody’s preference in music. The downside to that comes when it’s time to make an album. Which leads us to this Drake Scorpion album review. With so many different people to please, it’s hard to choose a direction. Some only want to hear him spit bars, others want to hear him sing and others want to hear carribean Drake.
Naturally when the album’s released, people are going to only like certain styles and songs from the album. I actually like both rapping Drake and singing Drake. However, I was pretty disappointed with Side B/ the singing side of the album. I appreciate when an artist is willing to take chances and experiment. When it’s successful you’re labeled a genius and great artist, but when it fails it’s not a good look. I feel like there were a handful of fails on Side B. Which resulted in me being conflicted when reviewing the album because some of my favorite songs are on Side B.
My favorite song in particular ( After Dark) is on Side , as well as Jaded, which both songs feature Ty Dolla Sign. His biggest singles are on Side B. So it’s hard to completely trash Side B, but it is the weaker side. The experimental songs like Summer Games and Ratchet Happy Birthday sounds like they were made for teenage girls and dudes who wave glow sticks. Like many hip hop heads, I’m still waiting for a full album with drake spitting. Now some might say “Drake just gave you that with Side A”, which I would respond with “hell nah”. The way he rapped on the intro and how he rhymed on “Emotionless” is Drake “spitting”. Him rapping over trap beats and doing the new age mumble rap flow is not him spitting and he’s fully aware of that. I listen to a handful of “trap rappers”, but Drake needs at least one real rap album, Side A ain’t it.
My Drake Scorpion album review rating: ✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾.5
Here’s a couple other reviews from members of our review board:
Following the paths of other notable artists historically, Drake checks off the “double album” marker. He’s once again at the forefront of the industry. Dropping high charting singles & being involved in a highly controversial beef with Pusha T. Drama aside, Drake unleashes an album that keeps things at status quo. For better or worse. Side A honestly comes a bit closer to what I would expect a good Drake album could be with him as an MC. Dripping with charisma & some witty lines. Side B I feel takes things into the simping abyss we’re used to from him. For every hit he has (“Nice For What”, “8 Out of 10”, “Can’t Take a Joke”) the misses are glaring & lack of effort (“Talk Up”, Ratchet Happy Birthday”, “Thats How You Feel”). At the end of the day this album was what I expected. Hot singles with a small bit of insight thanks to him being a new father, with a bulk of filler. Drake’s in his lane & he’s still yet to crash. However the best of both sides turned to a single LP would of made even the staunchest critic like myself heap more praise.
Drake Scorpion Album Review = ✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾.5
After taking in this album over and over for the past 2 weeks+, I will say it is better than Views but still, no effort from Drake. It seems like after Nothing Was The Same, he stopped pushing the envelope and really challenging himself creatively.
I hate to compare, but take the creativity and artistry of DAMN. as an entire album, you get a sense of hard work and dedication… With Scorpion, you don’t. And that’s just being honest.
Especially if Drake feels like Kendrick isn’t seeing him as an artist, then he gotta show and prove, not just by his stardom but with the art too.
Drake just slapping records together and throwing out as albums nowadays it seems. Don’t get me wrong, Scorpion got some good music but it is carried by the genius of 40 as a producer and engineer, just like Views (40 saved Views from being total trash by the way).
Drake came into the game being more than just a rapper, I’d like him to get back into his zone as a music artist on a serious tip.
Drake Scorpion Album Review Rating: ✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾
After averaging the rating submitted by the ABW Community and review board: