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Scorpion (Drake album)

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Scorpion by Drake.jpg
Studio album by Drake
Released June 29, 2018
Recorded 2017–2018
  • S.O.T.A., Toronto, CA
  • Ritz Carlton, Toronto, ON
  • Sandra Gale, Yolo Estate, CA
  • Studio 5020, Miami, FL
  • Nightbird, Hollywood, CA
Length 89:44
Drake chronology
Scary Hours
Singles from Scorpion
  1. "God's Plan"
    Released: January 19, 2018
  2. "Nice for What"
    Released: April 6, 2018
  3. "I'm Upset"
    Released: May 26, 2018
  4. "Don't Matter to Me"
    Released: July 6, 2018[1]
  5. "In My Feelings"
    Released: July 10, 2018[2][3]

Scorpion is the fifth studio album by Canadian rapper Drake. It was released on June 29, 2018 by Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records and Republic Records.[4][5][6][7] Scorpion is a double album consisting of 25 tracks. Its "A side" is primarily a hip hop album, whilst its "B side" has been described as R&B and pop.[8][9]

The album features guest appearances from Jay-Z and Ty Dolla Sign as well as posthumous appearances from Michael Jackson and Static Major, and additional vocals by a variety of artists, including James Fauntleroy, PartyNextDoor, Nicki Minaj, Future and Nai Palm. The album is executively produced by frequent collaborator Noah "40" Shebib and manager Oliver El-Khatib, and features production from 40, alongside a variety of producers, including No I.D., Boi-1da, DJ Premier, DJ Paul, T-Minus, Murda Beatz, Cardo and Noel Cadastre, among others.

It was supported by the singles "God's Plan", "Nice for What", "I'm Upset", "Don't Matter to Me" and "In My Feelings". The former two singles reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 prior to the album's release, and the fifth single reached the top spot of the chart after the album's release.


Drake announced the album on Instagram on April 16, 2018, followed by the announcement of its release date on June 14.[5][10]

Two days before release, Scorpion was confirmed to be a double album, Drake's first, after a promotional billboard alluded to the format. The double album consists of a rap-oriented side and an R&B-oriented side, the two genres that Drake focuses on.[11]

Release and promotion

On January 19, 2018, Drake released the two-track extended play Scary Hours. It included the singles "Diplomatic Immunity" and "God's Plan", the latter of which served as the lead single to Scorpion after debuting at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100. Following this, Drake released the album's second single "Nice for What" on April 6, which also charted in the same position. On May 26, the third single "I'm Upset" was released.[12][13] On July 6, the song "Don't Matter to Me" was sent to British contemporary hit radio as the album's fourth single.[1] On July 10, the song "In My Feelings" was sent to the US rhythmic and contemporary hit radio as the album's fifth single.[2][3] The song later went on to become the third song off the album to reach number one on the US Billboard Hot 100.[14]

A series of billboards promoting the album surfaced in Toronto on June 22, while a trailer for the album was released on June 26.[15][16] The album's promotion on the streaming service Spotify attracted some controversy from its subscribers for what they perceived to be excessive promotion, with Drake appearing in most of the service's editorial playlists.[17]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic2/5 stars[20]
The A.V. ClubB−[21]
The Daily Telegraph4/5 stars[22]
Entertainment WeeklyC+[23]
The Guardian3/5 stars[8]
NME3/5 stars[24]
The Observer4/5 stars[25]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[27]

Scorpion was met with generally positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 67, based on 26 reviews.[19] Neil McCormick of The Daily Telegraph deemed the album's first side as a "sharply focused hip-hop album, with Drake delivering eloquent zingers," while he thought the second half "showcases Drake's flip side, sensitive R'n'B loverman."[22] Alexis Petridis of The Guardian wrote that the album "is frequently fantastic, making a stronger claim for Drake's greatness than any amount of swaggering braggadocio", but also noted "there isn’t quite enough strong material here to support its gargantuan running time."[8] Mikael Wood of Los Angeles Times commented, "yet for all its tiresome megalomania, [the album] is so beautifully rendered--from vocals to samples to features to beats..."; though he also noted Drake "tired and tiring."[29] Nick Flanagan of Now mentioned the A side as "mostly introspective threats, neurotic boasting and paranoia about enemies", while the B side as "the same but with a focus on women and his love life", labelling the album "well within his pocket."[30] For The Independent, Roisin O'Connor described the album as "oddly erratic... The way he darts between different sounds is exhausting and, ultimately, messy. On certain tracks he raps like he has something to prove, on others it's like he has nothing."[31]

In a mixed review, Andy Hutchins of Time said, "[the] ponderous choice to cleave the overstuffed Scorpion into Sides A and B results in two uneven suites of songs." while "a long-frustrating inability to self-edit mars [the album]."[32] NME's Luke Morgan Britton noted a "lack of quality control", and felt the album "simply doesn't need to be" 25-track long.[24] Jamieson Cox of Pitchfork described Scorpion as a "fascinating, flawed album". He praised the consistency of the album's individual songs for a "bloated streaming-era release", especially those included on side B, as well as the album's "sumptuous sound", however criticized Drake's lack of musical and lyrical development, concluding by noting a sense of redundancy in Drake's subject matter: "It's not like Drake needs to serve as a beacon of moral clarity, but this year's paternity saga—and with Scorpion, its ostensible conclusion—has revealed his shortcomings as a writer and pop personality. Whether it's 2011 or 2018, you're getting the same guy: anxious, calculating, and self-obsessed, with a golden ear and a fondness for terrible punchlines. Fatherhood hasn't made him grow up—and if you've gotten older and wiser, Scorpion just feels like the latest in a series of diminishing returns."[26]

In a negative review, The Hollywood Reporter's Jonny Coleman said "Drake's exhausting, uneven double rap/RnB record finds the artist trying to be all things to all people." Coleman said "the best part of this double album—like much of Drake's discography—is the production. Of course, it's the result of a whopping 32 producers being commissioned for the 25 songs in the package [...] As a result, there are some interesting sonic moments, even if there isn't much cohesion outside of an affinity for low frequencies and baroque existential loops."[33] For The Washington Post, Chris Richards considered the album "soggy", expressed discomfort about Drake using the same formula in "melody-bruised grievances", and concluded "hearing him do impersonations of more inventive artists is a specific kind of sadness that we usually see only on late night television."[34] In his review for AllMusic, Tim Sendra concluded that "Scorpion doesn't even come close to being one of his best; instead, it's a one-trick record stretched out into 25 endless tracks by an artist who's so deep into the self-obsessed, self-pitying rut he created for himself that he can't see daylight anymore... It's a bleak and tiring place to spend time, and one can only hope that Drake himself gets weary of it soon, too."[20]

Commercial performance

Scorpion was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) the day of its release due to a technicality that incorporates the track-equivalent units moved by previously released singles "God's Plan", "Nice for What" and "I'm Upset".[35]

In its first day of release, Scorpion broke Spotify's one-day global record for album streams with 132.45 million streams, more than 50 million plays greater than the previous record, set by Post Malone's Beerbongs & Bentleys two months earlier. It also broke Apple Music's single-day record with 170 million streams, breaking Drake's own record set with More Life.[36]

In Drake's home country of Canada, Scorpion sold 70,000 album-equivalent units in its opening week.[37] It serves as Drake's eighth number-one album in the country.[37]

In the United States, Scorpion opened atop the Billboard 200 with 732,000 album-equivalent units, which included 160,000 pure album sales, making it the biggest first week of the year at the time. It became his eighth entry in a row to top the chart and broke the country's streaming record with 745.92 million streams in its first week.[38] All 25 tracks on the album entered the Billboard Hot 100 and Drake also became the first musician to simultaneously debut four new songs inside the top 10 of the US Hot 100, with "Nonstop" (at 2), "In My Feelings" (6), "Emotionless" (8), and "Don't Matter to Me" featuring Michael Jackson (9), and seven tracks simultaneously in the top 10 of the chart.[39] The album earned 335,000 album-equivalent units in the second week, logging the biggest second sales week for any album since Adele’s "25" in December 2015 .[40]

In the United Kingdom, the album debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart, with 64,000 album-equivalent units, becoming Drake's second number-one on that chart.[41] It remained atop the chart for a second week.[42]

Track listing

Credits adapted from the album's liner notes and Tidal.[43][44]

A Side
  • Graham
  • Brytavious Chambers
  • Wilson
  • Tay Keith
  • No I.D.[a]
  • Noel Cadastre[b]
5."God's Plan"
6."I'm Upset"
  • Graham
  • Jordan Ortiz
Oogie Mane3:34
7."8 Out of 10"
  • Boi-1da
  • Sweet
  • OB[b]
8."Mob Ties"
  • Boi-1da
  • Ritter
9."Can't Take a Joke"
  • Graham
  • Max Eberhardt
10."Sandra's Rose"
11."Talk Up" (featuring Jay-Z)DJ Paul3:15
12."Is There More"
Total length:41:12
B Side
  • Graham
  • Shebib
  • Adrian Eccleston
2."Summer Games"
  • 40
  • No I.D.
4."Nice for What"
6."Ratchet Happy Birthday"
7."That's How You Feel"
8."Blue Tint"
9."In My Feelings"
  • TrapMoneyBenny
  • Blaqnmild
  • 40[b]
10."Don't Matter to Me" (featuring Michael Jackson)
11."After Dark" (featuring Static Major and Ty Dolla Sign)
  • Static Major
  • 40
12."Final Fantasy"
  • Boi-1da
  • 40
  • Sweet[a]
13."March 14"5:09
Total length:48:32


  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer
  • ^[b] signifies an additional producer
  • ^[c] signifies an uncredited additional producer[45]
  • "Elevate" features uncredited vocals by French Montana[46]
  • "Mob Ties" features background vocals by Asheley Turner
  • "Talk Up" features background vocals by Baka Not Nice
  • "Is There More" features additional vocals by Nai Palm
  • "Peak" features background vocals by Stefflon Don, Rhea Kpaka and Vinessa Douglas
  • "Jaded" features background vocals by Ty Dolla Sign
  • "Finesse" features background vocals by James Fauntleroy
  • "Nice for What" features additional vocals by Big Freedia, 5th Ward Weebie and Glenshie "Bobby Jean" Rowe
  • "Ratchet Happy Birthday" features background vocals by PartyNextDoor
  • "That's How You Feel" features additional vocals by Nicki Minaj and background vocals by DJ Boof
  • "Blue Tint" features additional vocals by Future
  • "In My Feelings" features additional vocals by the City Girls
  • "Don't Matter to Me" features additional vocals by Paul Anka
  • "After Dark" features additional vocals by Al Wood
  • "Final Fantasy" features background vocals by Daniel Daley
  • "March 14" features additional vocals by James Fauntleroy

Sample credits


Credits adapted from the album's liner notes and Tidal.[43][44]


Chart (2018) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[48] 1
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[49] 4
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[50] 2
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[51] 3
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[52] 1
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[53] 1
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[54] 1
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[55] 1
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[56] 8
Irish Albums (OCC)[57] 1
Italian Albums (FIMI)[58] 4
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[59] 1
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[60] 1
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[61] 22
Scottish Albums (OCC)[62] 7
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[63] 48
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[64] 1
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[65] 1
UK Albums (OCC)[66] 1
UK R&B Albums (OCC)[67] 1
US Billboard 200[68] 1
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[69] 1


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
New Zealand (RMNZ)[70] Gold 7,500^
United Kingdom (BPI)[71] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[72] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history

Region Date Format(s) Label Ref.
Various June 29, 2018 [73]
July 13, 2018 CD [74]


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