Drake has formally launched his new album Scorpion. The double album options JAY-Z, Michael Jackson, Nicki Minaj, Future, Ty Dolla $ign, and Static Major. Scorpion boasts 25 tracks, together with his singles “God’s Plan,” “Nice for What,” and “I’m Upset.” Stream it under.
The Michael Jackson characteristic on “Don’t Matter to Me” seems to be beforehand unreleased music. Paul Anka, who teased a Drake collab final month, is listed as a co-writer on the observe. Anka and Jackson collaborated within the early 1980s.
On his Mariah Carey-sampling music “Emotionless,” Drake addresses Pusha-T’s “Story of Adidon” accusations of Drake fathering and hiding a toddler. “I wasn’t hiding my kid from the world, I was hiding the world from my kid,” he raps. He continues: “Breaking news in my life I don’t run to the blogs/the only ones I want to tell are in my phone I can call/They always ask, ‘Why let it run if it’s false’/You know a wise man once said nothing at all.”
He extra straight addresses that he’s a father on the album’s remaining observe, “March 14”:
Yesterday morning was loopy, I needed to come to phrases with the truth that it’s not a perhaps
That shit is in stone, sealed and signed
She not my lover like Billie Jean, however the child is mine
Sandy used to inform me all it takes is one time, and all it took was one time
Shit, we solely met two occasions, two occasions!
And each occasions have been nothing like the brand new occasions
Now it’s tough occasions
I’m out right here on frontlines, attempting to ensure that I see him typically
It’s breaking my spirit
Single father, I hate once I hear it
I used to problem my mother and father on each album
Now I’m embarrassed to inform ’em I ended up as a co-parent
Always promised the household unit
I needed it to be completely different as a result of I been by it, however that is the tough fact now.
During JAY-Z’s look on “Talk Up,” he references the current loss of life of XXXTentacion. “Y’all killed X and let Zimmerman live,” Jay raps. “Streets is done.” On “That’s How You Feel,” he samples Nicki Minaj’s music “Boss Ass Bitch.” Future seems on “Blue Tint,” whereas Miami rap duo City Girls characteristic on “In My Feelings.” No I.D., DJ Premier, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Tay Keith, Boi-1da, and Murda Beatz are among the many producers credited on the album. (“Blue Tint” additionally options what seems to a small jab at President Donald Trump: “President doin’ us in/My window got blue in the tint, did this shit once and I’d do it again.”) Lil Wayne is credited as a author on “In My Feelings,” which includes components of his Tha Carter III hit “Lollipop,” whereas Nas is credited on “Mob Ties,” which bears a melodic resemblance to his observe “Affirmative Action” from 1996’s It Was Written.
On “Survival,” Drake alludes to his feuds with Meek Mill (“I’ve had real Philly n—-s try to write my ending”) and Diddy (“I’ve had scuffles with bad boys that wasn’t pretendin’”). The finish of “In My Feelings” features a pattern from the episode of “Atlanta” that was fully about Drake. (“I don’t even care, I need a photo with Drake because my Instagram is weak as fuck.”) On “Is There More,” Drake drops this line: “Soon as the album drop, I’m outta the deal.”
On Apple Music, the album is accompanied by an “editors’ note” written by Drake. It reads:
I HATE WHEN DRAKE RAPS DRAKE SINGS TOO MUCH DRAKE IS A POP ARTIST
DRAKE DOESN’T EVEN WRITE HIS OWN SONGS DRAKE TOOK AN L DRAKE DIDN’T
START FROM THE BOTTOM DRAKE IS FINISHED I LIKE DRAKE’S OLDER STUFF
DRAKE MAKES MUSIC FOR GIRLS DRAKE THINKS HE’S JAMAICAN DRAKE IS AN
ACTOR DRAKE CHANGED ANYBODY ELSE > DRAKE … YEAH YEAH WE KNOW
Drake has had an eventful 2018 main as much as Scorpion. In January, he launched the singles “Diplomatic Immunity” and “God’s Plan,” which topped the charts and broke streaming records. He additionally spent practically $1 million on the “God’s Plan” music video, which he known as “the most important thing [he has] ever done in [his] career.” After these songs, he launched “Nice for What” (which got here with a video starring Issa Rae, Rashida Jones, and extra) and “I’m Upset” (which debuted with a video starring the solid of “Degrassi”).
Drake has additionally appeared on a number of tracks this yr: Migos’ “Walk It Talk It,” BlocBoy JB’s “Look Alive,” Lil Baby’s “Yes Indeed,” 2 Chainz’s “Bigger Than You,” and N.E.R.D and Rihanna’s “Lemon (Remix).” In addition, he’s listed as a contributor to Kanye West’s “Yikes.”
In May, Pusha-T referenced ghostwriting allegations against Drake on “Infrared,” the closing observe on his album Daytona. Drake responded with “Duppy Freestyle.” Push then retaliated with “The Story of Adidon,” on which he accused Drake of fathering and hiding a toddler. The music’s paintings additionally exhibits Drake in blackface make-up. Drake subsequently explained: “This picture is from 2007, a time in my life where I was an actor and I was working on a project that was about young black actors struggling to get roles, being stereotyped and type cast. The photos represented how African Americans were once wrongfully portrayed in entertainment.”
Spotify is celebrating the discharge of Drake’s new album by using his face as the cover of all the playlists featured on the streaming platform’s landing page, together with playlists like “Tear Drop” and “Soul Coffee” that don’t really characteristic any Drake songs.
This article was initially printed on June 28 at 11:50 p.m. Eastern. It was final up to date on June 29 at 3:41 p.m. Eastern.