Scorpion is Drake’s fifth studio album. It was released under Cash Money Records, Republic Records and Young Money Entertainment. Scorpion is a double album that consists of twenty-five songs. The first disc from the album is mostly hip-hop while the second disc from the album has been described as R&B and Pop. The album features guest appearances from Jay Z and Ty Dolla Sign as well as posthumous appearances from Michael Jackson and Static Major. The album includes additional vocals from a variety of artists which includes PartyNextDoor, Future, Lil Wayne and Nai Palm. My favorite song from the album is the song “God’s Plan.” The song talks about the hardships everyone faces in life and how everyone needs help to get through them, often times this leads people to turn to faith. Some people don’t want you to succeed in life but you to have to keep chasing your dreams, and have hope that everything will turn out as planned. You shouldn’t be listening to what your critics say abot you. The song includes the lyrics “God’s plan, God’s plan/I can’t do this on my own, ayy, no, ayy/Someone watchin’ this shit close, yep, close/I’ve been me since Scarlett Road, ayy,road, ayy/Might go down as G.O.D., yeah, wait/I go hard on Southside G, ayy, wait/I make sure that north-side eat/And still.” This part of the song is saying that everybody needs a shoulder to lean on. Drake shows that he often turns to faith when he is going through a hard time. You just have to surround yourself with people that believe in you. Another song that I like from the album is the song “Nice For What.” The song basically reaffirms the quote “treat others how you want to be treated”.The song includes the lyrics “Everybody get your mothafuckin’ roll on/I know shorty and she doesn’t want no slow song/Had a man last year, life goes on/Haven’t let that thing loose, girl, in so long/You been inside, know you like to lay low/I’ve been peepin’ what you bringin’ to the table/Workin’ hard, girl, everything paid for/First, last phone bill, car note, cable.” This is saying that if you work hard you often don’t have time to have fun. Relationships may come and go but you always have to put yourself first.
A very memorable song from the album Scorpion is the song “I’m Upset” because Drake finally claims Degrassi as his show. The music video includes his former cast members from the show except for Ryan Cooley who plays J.T. on the show because “he thought it was a scam” as Drake explained on Instagram. The music video features Drake and his former faux classmates going back to the halls of Degrassi for the class of 2007’s eleventh reunion. It was a great idea to have Drake reunite with his former cast members. The music video ends with the show’s theme song. The music video for the song includes new shots of the cast spliced with archive footage from the original show. The song includes the lyrics “I’m upset/Half a million on my head I can accept, yeah/’Least it makes me feel like someone tried their best, yeah/ Want to waste a half a million, be my guest/Made me wanna buy a vest and a TEC (skrr)/But I’m blessed, I just checked/Hate me, never met me in the flesh/Said she’s got somethin’s she gotta come here and collect/That shit is in a box to the left, to the left.” This is saying that despite all your hard work you may not be noticed or appreciated but at the same time you shouldn’t letting it get to you. Another memorable song from the album is the song “In My Feelings.” The music video for the song features people doing the “In My Feelings Challenge” at the end which was invented by Comedian Shiggy and is something that went viral. Comedian Shiggy makes a cameo as a production assistant as well as a dancer in the music video. The music video shows a small montage of celebrities and internet influencers participating in the “In My Feelings Challenge.” These people include Will Smith, DJ Khaled, Ciara, Steve Aoki, Odell Beckham Jr., Dua Lipa, Milly Bobby Brown, Liza Koshy, Noah Schnapp, Ryan Seacrest, Shay Mitchell, Bobby Berk, Tan France, Karamo Brown, Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness, and J-Hope from BTS. The song includes the lyrics “Kiki, do you love me? Are you riding?/Say you’ll never ever leave from beside me/’Cause I want ya, and I need ya/And I’m down for you always/KB, do you love me? Are you riding?/Say you’ll never ever leave from beside me/’Cause I want ya, and I need ya/And I’m down for you always.” This shows that a person needs to be reassured about whether somebody likes them or not and that once they are reassured they are willing to do anything for that person. The music video features La La Anthony as Kiki.
Lastly the song “Nonstop” talks about how you have to work hard for what you want in life. The song includes the lyrics “Look, I just flipped a switch (flipped, flipped)/I don’t know nobody else that’s doing this/Bodies start to drop, ayy, hit the floor/Now they wanna know me since I hit the top, ayy/This a Rollie, not a stopwatch, shit don’t ever stop/This the flow that got the block hot, shit got super hot/Give me my respect, give me my respect/I just took it left like I’m ambidex/Bitch, I move through London with the eurostep/Got a sneaker deal and I ain’t break a sweat/Catch me ’cause I’m going, outta there, I’m gone/How I go from 6 to 23 like I’m LeBron?/Servin’ up a pack, servin’ up a pack/Niggas pullin’ gimmicks ’cause they scared to rap/Funny how they shook, ayy, got these niggas shook/Pullin’ back the curtain by myself take a look, ayy/I’m a bar spitta, I’m a hard hitta/Yeah I’m light skinned, but I’m still a dark nigga/I’m a wig splitta, I’m a tall figure/I’m a unforgiving wild-ass dog nigga/Somethin’ wrong with ’em, got ’em all bitter/I’m a bill printer, I’m a grave digger/Yeah, I am what I am/I don’t have no time for no misunderstandings again.” This part of the song is saying that there are people who only want to start to start being nice when you make it big otherwise they don’t show you any respect, people are going to talk no matter what. You just have to live your life because you live your life for yourself, not for others, people are always going to criticize you but you shouldn’t be listening to those critics. You just have to move on with your life and be you. Work hard and you can achieve anything, there’s no time to look back in life, you just have to keep moving forward. The album Scorpion shows that Drake has really come full circle from his days on Degrassi where he played Jimmy Brooks. Drake has really evolved over the years and hopefully his music continues to get better, after all Drake is my favorite rapper. He still stays true to his roots despite becoming big. Anybody that’s a Drake fan knows that he is from Toronto, Canada and he won’t let you forget it. Keep your eyes out for my next post.