Drake’s Scorpion boasts something for everyone

New album is a perfect mix of R&B and rap

A Venn diagram of Drake`s musical styles.

Spiteful and romantic messages. Sweet and salty lyrics. Hard and soft beats. That’s the all-encompassing description of Drake’s newest album, Scorpion.

Released on June 29, and divided into an ‘A side’ and a ‘B side,’ Drake’s double album consists of 25 tracks which cater to both the hyped-up, ‘Let’s get lit at this pre’ mood, and the equally important, ‘I’m lying in bed with my phone being sad and catching feels’ vibe. Though different in genres, both sides of the album are similar by defining the emotional duality of millennials. 

While you may identify more with the rap-heavy ‘A side’ or the R&B ‘B side,’ your runner-up side isn’t one you necessarily dislike. 

As a successful artist with wide-ranging stylistic appeal, Drake’s earning his title as someone who will be remembered and revered among the musical greats. 

Yes, you may prefer listening to “I’m Upset” rather than “Don’t Matter to Me,” but if the latter appears on shuffle, you likely won’t skip it. 

Drake appealing to different music tastes is simply one aspect of Scorpion’s early and considerable success. He not only had his album streamed over one billion times in just a week—becoming the first ever artist to do so—he also had four of his songs from the album debut in the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10. That broke a 54-year record set by The Beatles.

To say Drake is a likeable musician would be to put it mildly. He has a large audience, as his Billboard clout shows. But, charts aside, his multifaceted music is unique enough to be recognized and acknowledged even outside his core millennial fanbase.

Take my uncle, for example. An avid music fan like me, he spends his nights on Spotify browsing to find the next best tune. For a 60-something-year-old—raised in a generation that listened to Led Zeppelin and The Beatles—to like Scorpion speaks to Drake’s true mastery of making high quality music with widespread appeal. 

Based on his listening habits, I doubt my uncle would see the appeal of a hard trap rapper like 21-Savage, nor do I think he’d enjoy a more emotional R&B singer like Frank Ocean.

Perhaps what makes Drake’s Scorpion so credit-worthy is that he caters to both hard and soft rap while still managing to stay atop the industry ranks. His music exists completely separate and independent from any other artist in the industry.  

Drake is Drake. He’s non-comparable. His album may have an ‘A side’ and ‘B side,’ each having tangible differences in sound and feel, but both are similar in that they are, put simply, signature Drake.

But what does that mean?

Perhaps the answer is somewhere between the lines. The album is inspired by so many others that it’s unique. Therefore, labelling his music is challenging. 

Scorpion’s broad musical style means most people can listen to and enjoy his tracks. If Drake continues to successfully cater to people of different ages, backgrounds, and tastes, there’s no reason to think he won’t be remembered as one of the greatest artists ever. 


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