REVIEW: DRAKE IS UP FOR THE FIGHT WITH NEW ALBUM, ‘SCORPION’!

Pusha T might just have propelled Drake into delivering one of his best albums to date. The feud between the two emcees appears to have lit a fire under the Toronto native, who dropped a double album, Scorpion, on Friday.

Drizzy is in a fighting mood, and an honest one, on the 25 track album, answering his critics and claiming his No.1 status as only a heavyweight can. The lesson here is: knock Drake down and he will strike back twice as hard, relishing the fight while still wanting the love of his audience.

If you have 85 minutes to spare, Scorpion is well worth your time, with most of the heat happening on the A Side. Confident and biting, Drake also lets his emotions seep through on cuts like “Survival” and “Emotionless,” the latter of which is already causing a minor internet meltdown.

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On “Emotionless,” Mariah Carey’s “Emotions” is aptly sampled as Drake digs deep, musing on everything from love and its many faces to becoming a father.

Drake raps, “Look at the way we live/ I wasn’t hiding my kid from the world, I was hiding the world from my kid.”

Drake’s confirmation that he fathered a son, Adonis, with former adult actress Sophie Brussaux, answers Pusha-T’s diss track, “The Story of Adidon,” on which he raps, “Sophie knows better, ask your baby mother, cleaned her up for IG but the stench is on her.” He adds, “You are hiding a child.”

Producers like Cadastre, Maneesh and DJ Premier bring their mastery to Scorpion, as do high profile guests like Jay-Z on “Talk Up.” Here, HOV references the recent death of XXXTentacion, lamenting the fact that the young MC is dead while George Zimmerman (who killed Trayvon Martin) is free, rapping, “Y’all killed X and let Zimmerman live / Streets is done.”

Nicki Minaj also brings the fire on “That’s How You Feel,” teaming up once again with Drake on an energized album that mostly lives up to the hype.

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