The Drake drama in 5 songs from his new album, Scorpion
Drake confirms a few suspicions in his new 25-track album, Scorpion, one that has broken streaming records and possibly some hearts. Here are five essential songs to listen to
1. 'March 14' It all started when Pusha-T alleged that Drake was fathering an illegitimate child on his diss track, 'The Story of Adidon'. While the Canadian rapper initially denied the claims, his new album comes clean with secrets made anew. Directly addressing the topic on 'Emotionless', Drake raps, "I wasn't hiding my kid from the world, I was hiding the world from my kid." The last track of the album starts, 'March 14', took a cue out of Michael Jackson's 'Billie Jean' with "I had to come to terms with the fact that it's not a maybe / That shit is in stone, sealed and signed / She's not my lover like Billie Jean, but the kid is mine." The song matures to reveal a more dedicated daddy out of Drake. Um, congratulations?
2. 'Don't Matter to Me' With 'Don't Matter to Me', it's apparent that Drake was not only hiding his son, but also an unreleased Michael Jackson track. Stitching the late singer's classic voice in a production with 40 and Nineteen85, Jackson lives on in a falsetto that lifts the sombre track. Drake revealed: "Now that I'm older, I can look back and be like, wow, (Michael Jackson) was one of the most consistent entertainers of all time." Jackson's sound flavours and elevates the track into transcendence.
3. '8 Out of 10' Drake responded with a formal statement when Pusha-T released 'The Story of Adidon', the diss track that first informed the world of Drake's child. Drake's addressed the feud several times in Scorpion, with '8 Out of 10' mentioning Pusha's claim of Drake being a deadbeat dad: "The only deadbeats is whatever beats I been rappin' to / Never a matter of could I or should I / Kiss my son on his forehead and kiss your ass goodbye." It's an anthem that rattes with confidence, remaining sleek with style.
4. 'Finesse' While the track, 'Finesse' survives on its own as a sensual tune, with lyrics teasing at a previous relationship with model Bella Hadid. Rumours that the pair were dating went rife when Hadid and Drake were spotted leaving a party together in Los Angeles last June, with the rapper allegedly throwing the model an over-the-top 21st birthday party in August. Drake starts off with several clues: "Should I do New York? I can't decide. Fashion Week is more your thing than mine", before hinting who the song's about with "You stay on my mind. You and your sister too hot to handle." As if we didn't catch the memo already, Drake cements the answer in 'Sandra Rose' when he references the model's dad saying, "My house is full of supermodels just like Mohamed Hadid."
5. 'That's How You Feel' In yet another unique collaboration, Drake reunites with Nicki Minaj on the track 'That's How You Feel'. Drake throws in a rap as the audio of Minaj performing her 2013 remix of PTAF's 'Boss Ass Bitch' serves as a post-chorus. While Minaj is no stranger to Drake's work, their friendship has roughened in recent years when Minaj started dating Meek Mill, who Drake has had a public beef with. But with her break-up with Mill and her presence in Scorpion, fans can be assured that the duo are still doing good.
Listen to Drake's album, Scorpion, here. For last week's #ManCrushMonday, click here.