LAME OR FLAMES…
Drake’s fifth solo studio album Scorpion turned out to be a double-sided project with a whopping total of 25 songs. Side A is solely dedicated to rap and Side B incorporates more of an R&B style.
Along with the release of the album, Drake posted a message on Apple Music under the EDITORS’ NOTES section:
I HATE WHEN DRAKE RAPS
DRAKE SINGS TOO MUCH
DRAKE IS A POP ARTIST
DRAKE DOESN’T EVEN WRITE HIS OWN SONGS
DRAKE TOOK AN L
DRAKE DIDN’T START FROM THE BOTTOM
DRAKE IS FINISHED
I LIKE DRAKE’S OLDER STUFF
DRAKE MAKES MUSIC FOR GIRLS
DRAKE THINKS HE’S JAMAICAN
DRAKE IS AN ACTOR
ANYBODY ELSE > DRAKE …
YEAH YEAH WE KNOW
These are common phrases and criticism from people who don’t support Drake. He acknowledges their appearance and hate but doesn’t think much of it. Therefore, he put the phrases together and used it as a ‘fire back’ against his haters.
On Scorpion, Drake admits that he does, in fact, have a child with porn star Sophie Brussaux, and discusses how he is disappointed with himself for being a single father, something he always told himself that he would never be after his father left his mother when he was young.
Here’s my list from least flames to most flames. Song info provided by Genius.
NO. 25 – “Peak”
A song about Drake’s relationship issues with certain women. The number of references to English culture hint that this song is about a British girl. The song title, “Peak”, is London slang essentially meaning “unfortunate.”
NO. 24 – “After Dark” (feat. Static Jaor & Ty Dolla $ign)
Drake has been wanting to hook up and start a relationship with a certain girl. Ty Dolla $ign joins in as they focus on the positive parts of the girl and how exactly they want to hook up with her.
NO. 23 – “Jaded”
“Jaded” is defined as “fatigued by overwork” or “made dull, apathetic, or cynical by experience or by having or seeing too much of something.”
NO. 22 – “Don’t Matter To Me” (feat. Michael Jackson)
It is Michale Jackson’s first posthumous release to contain previously unheard vocals since 2014’s Xscape.
NO. 21 – “Final Fantasy”
Although Drake is most known for love ballads, he realizes he doesn’t speak about his sexual fantasies much and decides to let this girl know exactly what’s on his mind.
NO. 20 – “Finesse”
A track about his admiration for an unknown woman who he is constantly thinking about. Points mentioned throughout this song is that Drake would have rather had a child with this woman than Sophie Brussaux—his son’s mother.
NO. 19 – “Summer Games”
A slow song discussing a heartbreak Drake had experienced following a relationship that started and ended during the summer. Drake hints that he wasn’t ready for commitment and their relationship ended due to her loving him too early. The track also tends to dive into relationships being affected by the digital age we live in. Something as simple as an unfollow even sends Drake in a downward spiral.
NO. 18 – “Can’t Take A Joke”
Drake details his busy life as a celebrity. He mentions living in Hidden Hills, taking vacations, and hanging out with his friends who “Can’t Take a Joke.”
NO. 17 – “March 14”
Welcome to the world Adonis. Drake discusses the existence of his child and some of the things involved with him and his baby’s mother, Sophie Brussaux. He compares his situation to that of his own parents, which he has disdain for being a “single father” since it is one of the things he lamented his own father for as he was growing up.
NO. 16 – “Survival”
Recounting his experience in the rap game, Drake mentions significant moments from throughout his career. These moments include his career including his beef with Meek Mill, experiences with Cash Money records, and minor beef with Diddy.
NO. 15 – “Elevate”
Drake looks back on the life he has built for those around him but also stresses that he needs to continue pursuing more in life.
NO. 14 – “Talk Up” (feat. JAY-Z)
Talking about how he came up from his childhood, and what successes are present in his life today; while JAY-Z references his experience running the streets and the rap game.
NO. 13 – “Is There More”
Drake discusses how life is about more than the rapper life that artists (including himself) talk about, while at the same time pondering what that “More” is, seemingly seeking purpose.
NO. 12 – “Ratchet Happy Birthday”
Drake paints a picture of a woman who lacks emotional feeling with the backdrop of an important celebration, her birthday.
NO. 11 – “Mob Ties”
Some of Drake’s OVO associates with criminal pasts include Baka Not Nice and the late Anthony “Fif” Soares. He also has a close relationship with Rap-a-Lot Records founder J. Prince, who was the subject of a 12-year criminal investigation by the DEA.
NO. 10 – “Sandra’s Rose”
Drake details the way fame has impacted his lifestyle, for example having a lot of money and women, and how he gets discredited for it. By “Sandra’s Rose,” Drake refers to himself, his mother’s name is Sandra and he’s her “rose.” As he describes in the song, his mom used to work as a florist, hence the rose.
NO. 9 – “That’s How You Feel”
About a girl who Drake would like to spend time with but is unsure if his feelings for her are reciprocated.
NO. 8 – “Blue Tint”
This song is all about how Drake is surprised to be back with his ex again since she had issues with him in the past. He describes how her attitude has changed and has decided to give her another chance. However, he does spend a good chunk of the song emphasizing his power, wealth, and legacy in the rap scene so there are some hints of braggadocio.
NO. 7 – “Nonstop”
Drake flexes his abilities as a rapper and the business moves being made behind the scenes of his music.
NO. 6 – “Emotionless”
Drake ultimately acknowledges the existence of his child, Adonis.
NO. 5 – “Nice For What”
Throughout the song, Drake speaks about female empowerment in the digital age. Women can be found trying to gain a following and live in the light, but that also comes with some resistance and hate. Despite what they go through, Drake shows that he understands and appreciates the hustle.
NO. 4 – “8 Out Of 10”
An in-depth conversation about Drake’s current life state. He realizes that people may judge him for his actions, and come at him, but ultimately he will still get plays. An interesting part of the title being “8 Out of 10” is that Drake has dropped a full-length project in eight of the last ten years, starting in 2009, and excluding 2012 and 2014.
NO. 3 – “I’m Upset”
Discusses alimony and how Drake needs to protect his money from women out to get him.
NO. 2 – “In My Feelings”
A love letter dedicated to “KiKi”, “KB” and the members of “City Girls” (Resha & JT). Drake is pouring his heart out to them and wondering if they still love him.
NO. 1 – “God’s Plan”
A feel-good track discussing Drake’s future. Being who he is in the industry, he knows that people want him to fail; however, God won’t let him do that. Another key subject of the song is the separation Drake feels that he needs to have from those outside of his inner circle. Anyone who tries to work their way into his life must have an ulterior motive to benefit themselves. The last key subject of this song is the fact that Drake is giving back to the life he had once, honoring the people and the environment he also once was in.
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