Scorpion
Drake - Scorpion
Critic Score
Based on 26 reviews
2018 Ratings: #354 / 399
User Score
Based on 292 ratings
2018 Ratings: #360
June 29, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Young Money, Cash Money / Label
Pop Rap, R&B / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
The Telegraph
The most entertaining 90 minutes you could ever spend with a miserable rapper.
80
Exclaim!

With a weighty rollout including endearing videos for "God's Plan" and "Nice For What" and the less-favoured single "I'm Upset," Drake aims to come out stronger, more focused and more righteous than ever.

80
NOW Magazine
Just in time for summer, Drake’s latest release is a 90-minute double album that masterfully tackles various facets of his persona.
80
The Observer

Although this album lacks a world-conquering pop hit like One Dance or Hotline Bling, and your interest wanes on side two, Scorpion is the album of the summer.

80
XXL
The album is a hulking catalog of Drake in his comfort zone, a space in which his ability to create memorable music that sits perfectly in the cradle of the cultural zeitgeist is unmatched.
80
PopMatters

In the long run, a few duds in 90 minutes of material doesn't seem too high a sin, especially considering the same concession could easily be made for a release like the Beatles' White Album. Thus, with Scorpion, Drake makes a cohesive argument for broadening our attention spans and enjoying life's music, regardless of runtime.

76
GIGsoup

Now that we’ve got a distinction between Rapper and Singer, it’s safe to say R&B Drake remains undefeated while Rapper Drake is still nursing battle wounds.

76
HipHopDX

Scorpion solidifies his universal relatability while yet again supplying fans with an overload of tracks to willingly keep or ditch.

70
Northern Transmissions
By bloating out the record much like Migos‘ new record, Drake takes what could be a tight and strong record, and instead makes it a mixed bag.
70
Rolling Stone

There isn’t an incompetent song to be found here – it’s more consistent than the genre-hopping More Life – and every last one has its moments. This is a masterclass in pop-focused execution and an exercise in inoffensive ambition swirling into itself.

70
Clash

Absorbing ‘Scorpion’s 90-minute run time in one sitting is a big ask, but the ratio of good to bad here is impressively in Drake’s favour.

69
Pitchfork
Drake’s fifth proper studio album is richly produced, studded with gems, and grapples with his fatherhood in a way that casts his arrested development into sharp relief.
67
A.V. Club
It’s a drag, but a compulsively listenable one, with velvety production and Drake’s typically elegant taste in guest voices.
60
The Guardian

Veering from swaggering soul to eerie electronica, this new mega-album is bloated, rambling – yet frequently gorgeous and funny.

60
The Independent

For all the hype and drama that led up to Scorpion's release and for want of a better cliche: it really doesn’t have much of a sting in its tail.

60
NME
Drake’s fatal flaw on ‘Scorpion’ ... is self-indulgence.
60
The 405
It’s not that Scorpion is bad music - it’s exactly what you’d expect, and too much of it.
60
FLOOD Magazine
After years as one of music’s most upstanding role models, Drake now seems lost, afraid, and emotionless.
60
Spectrum Culture

This is a record in limbo, a behemoth crippled by a well-timed shot to the leg.

58
Entertainment Weekly

More Life featured a coterie of rising stars and rap heavyweights to create a largely jovial and party-like atmosphere, but Scorpion — Drake’s loneliest-sounding album since 2013’s ruminative Nothing Was the Same — is pure and uncut ego, cranking his hardest-to-like personality traits up to 11.

50
musicOMH

There are good tracks here, about 35 minutes’ worth, and the plus side of streaming is it’s easier to isolate the songs you like. But between the sprawl of Scorpion and the concision of Daytona, it’s clear Pusha T’s won the battle and the war.

50
Pretty Much Amazing
Ultimately, this is another entry in the long list of double albums that could have been singles.
50
Consequence of Sound

Unsurprisingly, his charm has worn thin. What’s left without it is a body of work that is self-indulgent, largely evasive, and frankly boring when the beat is not quite strong enough to steady the ship.

40
The Needle Drop

Scorpion continues Drake's streak of projects that have been padded out to oblivion.

40
AllMusic

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.

30
Tiny Mix Tapes

Scorpion is not the product of a man undergoing any meaningful personal change; it is the standard, biannual output of the cultural entity that is Drake, with two or three tracks tacked on to give it a sense of time and place, one that necessarily but reluctantly includes its creator’s catastrophic return to Earth.

Jun 29, 2018
holyfishpaste
45
If You’re Reading This It’s Terrible

Listening to Scorpion is like overheating in a desert, walking from one sparkling song oasis to another, eventually dehydrating, dying from lack of quality, engagement & importance.

Not to say there aren’t some really great songs on here, but overall, even VIEWS is more memorable. I sometimes want to retreat to literally any other album of his. It sounds like God’s Plan blew up, and Drake said welp, gotta make 24 more songs real ... read more
Jun 29, 2018*
McKnightyxx
77
The Preamble:
I'm scared. This album I make it or break it for Drake. Since Pusha T destroyed him in beef, Drake has to come back with a good to great album. The 3 singles for this album also weren't anything special. I'm upset was boring. God's plan was OK but it had no replay value. Nice for what was good but it was just not for me. So I am very fearful of this album. I'm gonna hope for the best.

The Review:
My fears have been quelled. Drake drops his best release in recent years. Since ... read more
Jun 29, 2018
itsyahboinoah
40
If you want to have a chuckle skip to "Ratchet Happy Birthday"" yw lol
Jun 29, 2018*
frienderman
NR
Pretty smart of Drake to release a double album that’s separated by genre so I can only bump to the R&B side and pretend the rap/hip hop side doesn’t exist.

UPDATE:
I’ll be reviewing this album by giving each side a separate score, then averaging them to get the overall score of the album. I still haven’t fully digested this thing since it’s the length of the average movie, but I’m determined to *really* listen to this.
Jul 2, 2018
buttholewasabi
40
I stayed up until 3am for this shit, and while I did dig some tracks on it, it was a STRUGGLE to stay awake for almost all of this. Not to say that all the tracks on this are bad, there are definitely some great ones, but the tracks that are good have already been out for months. The songs that go for a more aggressive edge end up sounding hilarious because Drake does NOT sound tough, at all. Some of beats are solid on this side, it's just Drake having either very annoying, or just plain ... read more
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Track List

A Side

  1. Survival
  2. Nonstop
  3. Elevate
  4. Emotionless
  5. God's Plan
  6. I'm Upset
  7. 8 Out of 10
  8. Mob Ties
  9. Can't Take a Joke
  10. Sandra's Rose
  11. Talk Up
  12. Is There More

B Side

  1. Peak
  2. Summer Games
  3. Jaded
  4. Nice for What
  5. Finesse
  6. Ratchet Happy Birthday
  7. That's How You Feel
  8. Blue Tint
  9. In My Feelings
  10. Don't Matter to Me
  11. After Dark
  12. Final Fantasy
  13. March 14


Added on: April 16, 2018