Drake Releases New Album Scorpion
Drake on fatherhood, JAY-Z on XXXTentacion, unreleased Michael Jackson, Nicki Minaj, Future, an “Atlanta” sample, and so much more.
Drake has officially released his new album Scorpion. The double album features JAY-Z, Michael Jackson, Nicki Minaj, Future, Ty Dolla $ign, and Static Major. Scorpion boasts 25 tracks, including his singles “God’s Plan,” “Nice for What,” and “I’m Upset.”
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 leading up to Scorpion. In January, he released the singles “Diplomatic Immunity” and “God’s Plan,” which topped the charts and broke streaming records. He also spent nearly $1 million on the “God’s Plan” music video, which he called “the most important thing [he has] ever done in [his] career.” After those songs, he released “Nice for What” (which came with a video starring Issa Rae, Rashida Jones, and more) and “I’m Upset” (which debuted with a video starring the cast of “Degrassi”).
Drake has also appeared on several tracks this year: 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 track 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 child. The song’s artwork also shows Drake in blackface makeup. 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.”