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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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  1. Positive: 34 out of 121
  2. Negative: 51 out of 121
  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 1, 2018
    10
    All of the bad reviews are just from salty Kanye stans who are jealous that Drake stans are getting fed with 25 songs and they have to surviveAll of the bad reviews are just from salty Kanye stans who are jealous that Drake stans are getting fed with 25 songs and they have to survive on a measly seven. The truth is that Drake will never please everyone because some people want the "old Drake" and some people want bangers. The brilliance of this album is that it manages to deliver both. You probably won't like every song, but it offers something for everyone which is imo better than catering to one specific group. The rap side is full of bangers and your typical Drake lyrics. Some of them are overly corny but personally I love those kinds of lyrics. There are some stand-out lines and his flows are overall good, if nothing special. The second side is full of downbeat, introspective, and honestly tear-jerking songs. It's an extremely emotionally honest album and the production, especially on side b, is absolutely beautiful. Everyone will have their fair share of songs that they don't care for, but that list is different for everyone, which is why the album's length was overall the correct choice. Expand
  3. Aug 16, 2018
    7
    [UPDATE 8/16/18: I have updated the scores on certain songs to reflect my current opinions, original review was posted on 8/3/18 with a 6/10[UPDATE 8/16/18: I have updated the scores on certain songs to reflect my current opinions, original review was posted on 8/3/18 with a 6/10 rating]

    Scorpion shows how streaming has taken over sales as the most important way of demonstrating the success of an artist or album.

    Side 1:
    1. Survival, a futuristic sounding, good intro. 8/10
    2. Nonstop, an easy to listen to song where Drake does his tough guy act. 10/10
    3. Elevate, song that talks about how "all this happened for myself and my family" 7/10
    4. Emotionless, Mariah Carey should be proud. Best of side 1. 10/10
    5. God's Plan, never really thought it was a great song, i mean its good... 8/10
    6. I'm Upset, the "tough guy" comes back to tell us he's upset 10/10
    7. 8 Out Of 10, it's really a 9 Out Of 10, great track btw 9/10
    8. Mob Ties, at first i hated it, but its growing on me 8/10
    9. Can't Take a Joke, why was this put on the album? 2/10
    10. Sandra's Rose, nice little song and a good track to go with it 9/10
    11. Talk Up ft. JAY-Z, really underwhelming, like his new album with B 6/10
    12. Is There More, no there isn't 3/10
    Overall, its the better side by a little 7.5 (rounded up to 8)
    Side 2:
    1. Peak, bad intro, Survival was so much better 2/10
    2. Summer Games, if it was cut we all would probably be a better album 3/10
    3. Jaded, this song is pretty cringeworthy, definitely a skip 4/10
    4. Nice For What, This song brings the energy this side was lacking 10/10
    5. Finesse, Rihanna deserved a better song, assuming In My Feelings wasn't about her 4/10
    6. Ratchet Happy Birthday, Not the worst song on the album, but its pretty bad 1/10
    7. That's How You Feel, Nicki Minaj sample from her show was one perfectly 10/10
    8. Blue Tint, Future should have been on longer, he deserved a feature at least 9/10
    9. In My Feelings, if he said RiRi, it would have been an eleven out of ten, best on album 10/10
    10. Don't Matter To Me ft. Michael Jackson, love Michaels voice, drake was ok 8/10
    11. After Dark ft. Static Major & Ty Dolla $ign, its good... yeah that's it 7/10
    12. Final Fantasy, the worst on the album, skip 0/10
    13. March 14, first half is great but second is pointlessly long and random 7/10
    Overall, the side was hit or miss, like Views 5.77 (rounded up to 6)

    Standouts for side 1 are Nonstop, Emotionless and I'm Upset
    Standouts for side 2 are Nice For What, That's How You Feel and In My Feelings

    Full Album Rating: 6.6 (rounded up to 7) so its better than the average album but if he cut the "filler songs," he would have had his best album
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  4. Jun 30, 2018
    4
    Scorpion is a seemingly bottomless mixed bag of hits and misses, none of which really left a lasting impact. The album - admittedly a two-partScorpion is a seemingly bottomless mixed bag of hits and misses, none of which really left a lasting impact. The album - admittedly a two-part affair - dragged on far too long for my liking, especially the "B" side. Drake at least beefed up the subject matter of this album a bit more than his last few, tackling deeper issues about his personal life, illegitimate child, and the omnipotent power of social media in this day and age.

    Even with more substance relative to his usual work, I still found the album to ring hollow. The beats were nice, and some clever wordplay and poignant bars perked me up on occasion, but finishing the album felt more like work than pleasure. I kept wanting to hear something different - something that wasn't just angst delivered in Drake's patented flow over deconstructed beats - but something different never came. It's the same Drake music, just with a deeper dive into the life of Aubrey Graham.

    "Emotionless" was, in my opinion, the best track to come out of this album. I also enjoyed "Mob Ties" and "March 14". The rest of the new music released with the album was underwhelming at best, and difficult to push through at worst.

    The die-hard fans of Drake will eat this up, and that's fine! I'd prefer to see some evolution from him as an artist, though, and aside from seemingly letting down his playboy facade by opening up about his "real" life, this album is stylistically stale and generally lyricall uninspired.
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  5. Jul 3, 2018
    3
    Who would've thought that an album that is 25 tracks long would be so bloated? Gee, I'm shocked. Shocked!

    Every song starts to sound
    Who would've thought that an album that is 25 tracks long would be so bloated? Gee, I'm shocked. Shocked!

    Every song starts to sound identical and lacks any uniqueness. Drake needs to start experimenting with new sounds in order to keep anything interesting because the same pop rap everytime is starting to get boring.

    FAV TRACKS: Emotionless, God's Plan, I'm Upset, Sandra's Rose, Nice For What
    LEAST FAV TRACKS: Nonstop, Mob Ties, Peak, Summer Games, Jaded, Finesse, Ratchet Happy Birthday
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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. Aug 24, 2018
    0
    El álbum es tan Drake, aburrido em toda a sua extensão. Não ofrece absolutamente nada. En sí es una mediocridad, lo que gusta a la gente deEl álbum es tan Drake, aburrido em toda a sua extensão. Não ofrece absolutamente nada. En sí es una mediocridad, lo que gusta a la gente de hoy dia......................... Expand

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