In case you hadn’t heard, Drake released his fifth album Scorpion in the early hours on 29 June.
The record features 25 songs including the No.1 singles “God’s Plan” and “Nice For What”. Drake wrote his own “Editor’s Notes” for Apple Music, which say: “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.”
The album is Drake’s first project since 2017’s More Life, which was billed as a playlist. It is his first album since 2016’s commercially successful but poorly reviewed Views.
The first hint at a new release was dropped back in 2017 via the final line on More Life, where he promised: “I’ll be back 2018 to give you the summary.”
He then resurfaced in April with an Instagram photo which revealed the upcoming release of Scorpion and has since released three singles: “God’s Plan”, “Nice For What” and “I’m Upset”, all with accompanying videos.
There are appearances from Static Major, TY Dollah $ign and Jay Z. On “That’s How You Feel,” Drake samples Nicki Minaj’s song “Boss Ass Bitch”, and Future appears on “Blue Tint”. No I.D., DJ Premier, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Tay Keith, Boi-1da, and Murda Beatz are among the producers credited on the album.
Pusha made references to rumours of Drake fathering an illegitimate child on “The Story of Adidon”, and Drake confirms those reports on two different tracks.
“I wasn’t hiding my kid from the world, I was hiding the world from my kid,” Drake raps on “Emotionless”. 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 more directly addresses that he’s a father on the album’s final track, “March 14”, and drops a Michael Jackson reference:
Yesterday morning was crazy, I had to come to terms with the fact that it’s not a maybe
That shit is in stone, sealed and signed
She not my lover like Billie Jean, but the kid is mine
Sandy used to tell me all it takes is one time, and all it took was one time
Shit, we only met two times, two times!
And both times were nothing like the new times
Now it’s rough times
I’m out here on frontlines, trying to make sure that I see him sometimes
It’s breaking my spirit
Single father, I hate when I hear it
I used to challenge my parents on every album
Now I’m embarrassed to tell ’em I ended up as a co-parent
Always promised the family unit
I wanted it to be different because I been through it, but this is the harsh truth now.
Jay Z references the recent death of XXXTentacion during “Talk Up”: “Y’all killed X,” he raps. “Streets is done.”
Drake has already announced a major North American tour with Migos which kicks off in July, and is called – rather wonderfully – “The Aubrey and the Three Amigos” tour.