Drake comes into his own from A to B
It's neither a classic nor trash. What it is is Drake going back to his roots
After a month’s worth of beef it finally happened. Drake, Aubrey Graham, released his latest album Scorpion and the music world was left shaking like the sequel to Good Vibrations.
From a numbers point of view, Scorpion proved that there is very little room for debate about Drake’s status at the pinnacle of music as a whole.
His album went platinum (sold one million copies) upon release and, for days afterward, all 25 songs on his two-part album occupied the iTunes top 25.He also crushed his own iTunes single day streaming record of 170 million streams.
Most importantly for Drake, you would have been had pressed to find a timeline not inundated with commentary about whether the album was a classic or trash, but now that the hype is simmered down somewhat we can look at the album with clearer eyes.
The truth is it was neither a classic nor trash. What it was was Drake going back to his roots.Looking at a track list of 25 songs can be daunting at the worst of times.
Sure albums with what seem like a million tracks on them help the artist’s streaming numbers, but as a modern-day consumer the prospect of an hour and a half of one person’s music from a single body of work gives me the heebie jeebies.
To aid digestion, Scorpion split into two sides: an A side, which is all about Drake and his rapping abilities, and a B side, where singing Drake gets to shine.
Starting backward, the B side is unlistenable. Not because it is particularly bad but because Drake cannot sing. Not even a little bit.
His heartbroken shower trilling definitely appeals to a large swathe of the people. I’m just not one of them.The A side is where he really gets to shine.
Over the past few years we have seen Drake experimenting with a number of different personas influenced by everything from UK Grime to Jamaican dancehall.
It was kind of his awkward teenage phase. Drake is an adult now and seems to have transcended that phase, which means getting back to what we know him for, pettiness and clever wordplay.While dodging coming at Pusha – T too aggressively, Aubrey definitely makes it known that he and Kanye West are not on good terms. Its like listening to the audio version of Mean Girls and it is brilliant.
He also makes a point of showcasing that he is actually a good rapper on songs like Emotionless, Nonstop, 8 out of 10 and Can’t Take a Joke and no sign of the Jamaican patois.If you liked Drake circa Nothing Was the Same and Take Care, the A side of Scorpion will sound delicious to you. Hell, it will probably sound good if you only started listening to Drake last week. Barring Nice for What, the less said about side B, the better.