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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: 28 out of 105
  2. Negative: 45 out of 105
  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. Jul 10, 2018
    10
    Literally gets better every listen. So many haters on this thread, this dude is better than any rapper you all got and people are too scaredLiterally gets better every listen. So many haters on this thread, this dude is better than any rapper you all got and people are too scared to admit it. Even on the back side when he sings on In my Feelings or Don't Matter To Me, it's still better than any of the top 50 rap songs. People always find ways to criticize greatness. Expand
  3. Jun 29, 2018
    7
    Great hard hitting productions from top to bottom, Drake is at his most introspective and darkest, addressing past beefs and current dramas.Great hard hitting productions from top to bottom, Drake is at his most introspective and darkest, addressing past beefs and current dramas. Side A is superior to side B, only a few songs I skipped over. At 25 songs the pacing is handled very well, not many tracks that overstay their welcome. This is definitely an improvement over Drake's past two album releases (More Life & Views) and damn near a classic although falling short of being one imo (but time will tell). It's a pretty impressive accomplishment when you can release a 25 song album with barely any features at all and make it worth listening to, especially nowadays in the streaming era. I liked the unreleased Michael Jackson sample, Nicki's old sample, as well as Jay Z's feature as Drake's idol and blueprint follower. Drake does his best to give you both sides that he's known for (R&B + Rap) and express his disdain for those who wish his demise in the most artful way possible, but it's clearly time for him to take a long step back now and attend to his own issues before the next summary. I give it a solid 85/100. For me, it's in his top 3 or 5 best albums next to If You're Reading This It's Too Late, Take Care, Nothing Was The Same, etc. Expand
  4. Jun 30, 2018
    4
    Boring, bland and passionless. It's better than views which is not saying much.

    The best way to describe Scorpion is all filler no killer.
  5. Jul 1, 2018
    3
    This album is straight boo boo. Side-A is full of generic beats and flows, Drake sounds asleep half the time while rapping. Side-B is aThis album is straight boo boo. Side-A is full of generic beats and flows, Drake sounds asleep half the time while rapping. Side-B is a sub-par R&B album where we get typical Drake singing about relationships. Come on Drake, is this really the best you can come out with?

    Good Songs: Emotionless, Sandra's Rose, Nice for What, In My Feelings
    Decent Songs: Nonstop, God's Plan, Final Fantasy, Don't Matter to Me
    Trash Songs: The other 17 songs
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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. Jul 3, 2018
    0
    Continues the trend of Views and More Life. Drake has presented that his best work was nearly a decade ago. Today he tries to keep the energyContinues the trend of Views and More Life. Drake has presented that his best work was nearly a decade ago. Today he tries to keep the energy by abject theft of the ideas of other rappers, being carried by better lyricists, and presenting 3 generic mainstream mass produced piles of garbage.

    He has demonstrated that he cannot revolutionize. Instead he is simply doing what ABBA did and producing poppy nonsense. We are looking at that same drake from 4 years ago. In no higher place. Only selling his soul to the top 100 billboard. No longer a rapper. Simply a pop sellout.
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