In the midst of ongoing beef with close Kanye West collaborator and G.O.O.D Pusha T, Drake has still found time, it seems, to complete a double-sided album, which was released on streaming platforms all across the world last night. The album, “Scorpion”, an album that Drake has been alluding to across his social media for several weeks, features a “double side” format with Side A consisting of Drake choosing to express himself through various rap verses, and Side B consisting of a more soulful “R&B” style Drake.
Only a year after his platinum-selling “More Life” mixtape, the Toronto native’s Scorpion boasts a whopping 25 tracks, featuring lyrical and vocal contributions from the likes of industry giants Jay-Z, Future, and Ty Dolla $ign, and production contributions from Drake’s frequent collaborators Murda Beatz, Tay Keith, and Noah “40” Shebib.
The major talking points of the album include the fact that it boasts a previously unheard of and unreleased Michael Jackson song. “Don’t Matter To Me” features on the album’s B-side, and has both Drake and Jackson on the track, in a similar style to Justin Timberlake’s 2014 Jackson collaboration“Love Never Felt So Good”.
Similarly, the song “After Dark” features Grammy award winning rapper Static Major This is the second track Major has featured on since his death in 2008, with the first being on the track “Lollipop” by Drake’s mentor Lil Wayne.
Wayne and Drake have a notorious bond and partnership, however their run under the same record label may be over, according to lyrics on “Scorpion”. Drake hints that this double album may be the last he releases under the “Cash Money” label, which is co-owned by Wayne. This could potentially mean that any future releases from Drake, will be as an independent artist.
In Jay-Z’s on “Talk Up” he uses the last line of the track as an opportunity to pay his respects to rapper XXXtentacion, who was murdered earlier this month. The feature lays to rest any rumours of bad blood between both Drake and Jay, who were rumored to have fallen out through 2016 and 2017.
Arguably the biggest talking point from the album however, stems from an ongoing feud with rapper Pusha T, revolving around allegations that Drake has been hiding a secret child. These allegations were first made by Pusha T in May this year on his Drake diss track “The Story Of Adidon”. Not only does Drake confirm that these allegations are true, but he also dedicates several lyrics and even the final song of the album to his son. Drake claims to not have been hiding his son from the world, as suggested by Pusha, but instead “hiding the world from his son”.
Fatherhood is one of the themes on “Scorpion”, as are his perspective on his his position within the industry, within his label, as well as his relationship with his mother and fame.
The album is available to stream on all major streaming platforms today.