Incase you’ve been living under a rock, Drake released his highly anticipated album Scorpion on June 29. His fifth studio album boasts a lengthy 25 tracks, cut into an A side (12) and a B side (13). While the internet goes crazy over anything Drizzy is about to drop, Scorpion’s price went up after Pusha T shocked the hip-hop world with a scathing diss track, “Story of Adidon,” in response to Drake’s “Duppy Freestyle.” Whether he’d like to admit to it or not, Drake’s back was against the wall and everyone was waiting for his next move upon the album’s release.
In true Drizzy form Scorpion was a savory body of work, filled with thought provoking lyrics, immaculate production and joints that will surely become anthems for the rest of summer 2018. Here’s three things (of many) that we took away from the album.
Let’s get the most obvious out of the way. Drake didn’t waste any time addressing the pressing rumors of having a son (Adonis) with former adult film star, Sophie Brussaux, in track 4’s “Emotionless”
“Look at the way we live/I wasn’t hidin’ my kid from the world/I was hidin’ the world from my kid.”
Alluding to the fact that, well, social media can be utter trash. So why would he expose his innocent baby to the world, when everyone is watching his every move? We respect it. Drake continues to give subtle hints throughout the rest of the album, until the final track “March 14” which is a touching tribute to Adonis in its entirety. The song is also a take on the complicated relationship between Drake and his child’s mother.
“Hopefully by the time you hear this/me and your mother will have come around/instead of always cuttin each other down.”
We can surely all agree that biggest takeaway from “Emotionless” is the baby reveal, however Drake cooked basically everyone who owns an Instagram account with this one:
“I know a girl whose one goal was to visit Rome,
Then she finally got to Rome
And all she did was post pictures for people at home
Cause all that mattered was impressin’ everybody’s she’s known
I know a girl that’s cryin’ out for help but her last caption is ‘Leave me alone’
I know a girl who saves pictures from places she’s flown
To post later and make it look like she still on the go.”
Those bars couldn’t ring to be more true about a shallow, surface-level generation where everything is measured by comments, views and likes. It resonates with everyone to some degree and hopefully we’ll all think twice about our motives when it comes to using our platforms. The truth hurts, doesn’t it?
Pusha T’s diss track “Story of Adidon” is undoubtedly one of Drake’s most publicly humbling moments (that “you are hiding a child line” must haunt him to this day). While J. Prince allegedly debted the beef before it escalated any further, Drizzy addressed it (with subtlety) in “8 Out of 10”
“Never a matter of ‘could I?’ or ‘should I?’
Kiss my son on the forehead then kiss your ass goodbye
As luck would have it, I’ve settled into my role as the good guy
I guess luck is on your side”
In verse one, Drake is aims more directly in response to Pusha calling him a deadbeat, “The only deadbeats is whatever beats I been rappin’ too.”
In verse one, Drake gives more a more direct response to Pusha claims that he’s a “deadbeat” dad:
“The only deadbeats is whatever beats I been rappin’ too.”
We see you Drizzy! Scorpion is now available on all major streaming platforms. What’s your favorite track/takeaway? Let us know in the comments!