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  • Summary: The 25-track fifth studio release for the Canadian hip-hop artist features guest appearances from Jay-Z and Ty Dollar $ign as well as vocals from Michael Jackson and Static Major.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. Jun 29, 2018
    80
    The 12 track Volume 1 of Scorpion is a sharply focused hip-hop album, with Drake delivering eloquent zingers over stripped back beats and spine-tinglingly atmospheric hooks. ... Meanwhile, the 13 track Volume 2 showcases Drake’s flip side, sensitive R'n'B loverman whose simple two-note melodies offer nights of pleasure on dance floors and in bedrooms yet somehow always end with broken hearts (usually his).
  2. 80
    Yet for all its tiresome megalomania, Scorpion is so beautifully rendered--from vocals to samples to features to beats--that Drake ends up pulling you over to his side, much like Kanye West did on his similarly vexing “Ye.”
  3. Jul 13, 2018
    80
    In the long run, a few duds in 90 minutes of material doesn't seem too high a sin, especially considering the same concession could easily be made for a release like the Beatles' White Album. Thus, with Scorpion, Drake makes a cohesive argument for broadening our attention spans and enjoying life's music, regardless of runtime.
  4. Jul 2, 2018
    67
    It’s a drag, but a compulsively listenable one, with velvety production and Drake’s typically elegant taste in guest voices.
  5. The star’s hubris is no more apparent than in its sheer breadth and lack of quality control. At 25 tracks in total, Scorpion is way too long--even by Drake’s own standards--and simply doesn’t need to be.
  6. 60
    Oddly erratic. ... The way he darts between different sounds is exhausting and, ultimately, messy. On certain tracks he raps like he has something to prove, on others it's like he has nothing.
  7. Jul 3, 2018
    30
    Drake offers little here that does not retread the sonic and narrative territory of his previous work.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 130
  2. Negative: 57 out of 130
  1. Jun 30, 2018
    10
    This is a streaming era album, and this album is good at what it does- provide a song for every mood, and act as an entry to the two sides ofThis is a streaming era album, and this album is good at what it does- provide a song for every mood, and act as an entry to the two sides of Drake- the braggadocios 6 God side, and the brooding reminiscer side. Expand
  2. Sep 1, 2018
    10
    His best work in years. Lots of really strange weirdos Drake attracts though. I cant imagine hating someone so much that you waste your timeHis best work in years. Lots of really strange weirdos Drake attracts though. I cant imagine hating someone so much that you waste your time spamming bad reviews when you clearly didn't listen to the album. Expand
  3. Aug 12, 2018
    7
    Although having clear flaws; such as the number of tracks and the clear switching from Drake's R&B past to a more watered down hip-pop, thereAlthough having clear flaws; such as the number of tracks and the clear switching from Drake's R&B past to a more watered down hip-pop, there are some catchy tunes and it overall encompasses just enough personal Drake too lay over till his next project with multiple mood changes and beat experimentation throughout. Expand
  4. Jun 29, 2018
    4
    This is an empty shell of what could've been a legendary entry in hip hop history. Scorpion was to be the one to top DAMN, giving the Crown toThis is an empty shell of what could've been a legendary entry in hip hop history. Scorpion was to be the one to top DAMN, giving the Crown to Drake, fail.... This album feels bloated, repetitive, lazy and craaaaaazy monotonous. The Side B with R&B is decent at most, and for Drake, that ain't close to acceptable. Expand
  5. Jul 21, 2018
    3
    Drake comes out with his 5th and most disappointing studio album to date... In an attempt to cater to his massive audience, Drake throws outDrake comes out with his 5th and most disappointing studio album to date... In an attempt to cater to his massive audience, Drake throws out 25 tracks hoping a few of them will hit... Most of them didn't. With only about 5 tracks on this album being album-worthy of Drake's calibre, it feels like Drake threw out all the songs he had made throughout the production of the album, without taking any of them through any sort of quality control before the release. Comparing this to the hyper-condensed style that Kanye has introduced, where tracks picked for the album are exceptional, Drake does the exact opposite, throwing out a load of low-quality songs hoping that they connect with his audience.
    Only thing remotely interesting about the album was the MJ feature. There was also a Jay-Z feature, which was honestly lacklustre compared to what he has shown us on 4:44.
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  6. Jul 15, 2018
    2
    During its 89 minute run, I found myself often zoning out before I realized that three songs went by. There are a few actually good songs thatDuring its 89 minute run, I found myself often zoning out before I realized that three songs went by. There are a few actually good songs that somewhat reignite my interest, but they come pretty sporadically and feel like diamonds in the rough amongst a sea of filler.

    It's also very hard to take anything Drake says seriously because of the drama surrounding him just before its release. His beef with Pusha T greatly overshadows any creative effort and diminishes any credibility he had as a rapper. Scorpion tries to restore faith in Drake's skills, but it falls short of being anything remotely compelling and becomes a testament of his lack there of.

    Aside from the radio singles, its forgettable and boring, and just too long to warrant a solid listen to.
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  7. Jan 10, 2019
    0
    I prefer the R&B side much more because it is a more true drake (even though it was still lackluster). For the rap side, there were a VERYI prefer the R&B side much more because it is a more true drake (even though it was still lackluster). For the rap side, there were a VERY small amount of tolerable songs but I still can't listen to them because he sounds so conceited. A very long album that I was not able to listen to all the way through in one sitting because it felt like primary filler with mass appealing "bangers" strung out throughout. Expand

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