PJ Morton & Opinions on Drake

PJ Morton is an indie soul artist that just happens to be in Maroon 5, one of the biggest pop groups in the country. But his solo sound is light years away from Top 40 R&B, blending his New Orleans gospel roots with strains of Stevie Wonder. PJ joins Jim and Greg for a conversation and performance. Plus, Jim and Greg discuss the cultural zeitgeist which is rapper Drake's latest album.

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News: Drake's Scorpion

Drake Greg and Jim discuss“the album of the summer,”Scorpion by Drake. According to Billboard, the album was streamed more than 300 million times within the first day of its release, possibly making Drake one of the biggest-selling artists ever. But does the music live up to the record-smashing numbers? Our hosts' answer: Only partly. Jim concedes that Scorpion is incredibly well-produced and sees Drake at his best since his debut studio album Thank Me Later. However, at 25 songs and 90 minutes, it's far too long and its moments of greatness too few and far between. Greg agrees, noting that Scorpion shines most when Drake is genuinely vulnerable instead of just self-pitying. Jim and Greg highlight the track "Nice For What" for its smart sampling of numerous tracks, most notably "Ex-Factor" from The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. It's a timely nod to the upcoming 20th anniversary of that album—Lauryn Hill's seminal solo turn after departing from The Fugees—and plays off its themes of independent womanhood.


PJ Morton

PJ Morton PJ Morton is an indie soul artist who has worked with industry heavy hitters like Solange, Erykah Badu, and India.Arie; but with his latest solo effort, 2017's Gumbo, he's finally receiving a new level of recognition. The album was nominated for two Grammys: one for best R&B album, and one for best song, for the cut entitled First Began. PJ joined Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a conversation and an intimate performance.

Featured Songs

  1. PJ Morton, Religion, Gumbo, Morton, 2017
  2. Drake, God's Plan, Scorpion, Cash Money, 2018
  3. Drake, In My Feelings, Scorpion, Cash Money, 2018
  4. Drake, Nonstop, Scorpion, Cash Money, 2018
  5. Drake, Is There More, Scorpion, Cash Money, 2018
  6. Drake, 43173, Scorpion, Cash Money, 2018
  7. Drake, Emotionless, Scorpion, Cash Money, 2018
  8. Drake, Don't Matter to Me (feat. Michael Jackson), Scorpion, Cash Money, 2018
  9. Drake, I'm Upset, Scorpion, Cash Money, 2018
  10. Drake, Nice For What, Scorpion, Cash Money, 2018
  11. Lauryn Hill, Ex-Factor, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Columbia, 1998
  12. PJ Morton, Everything's Gonna Be Alright (feat. BJ The Chicago Kid and The Hamiltones, Gumbo, Morton, 2017
  13. Doug Williams and Paul Morton, It Was You, Duets, Blackberry, 2001
  14. PJ Morton, Religion (live on Sound Opinions), Gumbo, Morton, 2018
  15. The Clark Sisters, Is My Living In Vain, Is My Living In Vain, New Birth, 1980
  16. Stevie Wonder, Never Dreamed You'd Leave In Summer, Where I'm Coming From, Tamla, 1971
  17. India.Arie, Interested, Voyage to India, Motown, 2002
  18. Maroon 5, Feelings, V, Interscope, 2015
  19. Maroon 5, Girls Like You (feat. Cardi B), Red Pill Blues, Interscope, 2017
  20. PJ Morton, How Deep Is Your Love (live on Sound Opinions), Gumbo, Morton, 2017
  21. PJ Morton, Claustrophobic (feat. Pell), Gumbo, Morton, 2017
  22. Yellow Claw & DJ Mustard, In My Room (feat. Ty Dolla $ign & Tyga), Blood For Mercy, Mad Decent, 2015
  23. Solange, Weary, A Seat at the Table, Saint/Columbia, 2016
  24. Solange, Rise (live on Jimmy Fallon), A Seat at the Table, Saint/Columbia, 2016
  25. PJ Morton, Alright, Gumbo, Morton, 2017
  26. Trombone Shorty, Neph, Backatown, Verve Forecast, 2010
  27. PJ Morton, First Began, Gumbo, Morton, 2017
  28. PJ Morton, No Ordinary Love, Emotions, 2PM Music, 2006
  29. Alice Cooper, No More Mr. Nice Guy, Billion Dollar Babies, Warner Bros., 1973
  30. De La Soul, Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey), De La Soul Is Dead, Tommy Boy, 1991
  31. Against Me!, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, Total Treble, 2014
  32. Hank Williams, Jr., A Country Boy Can Survive, The Pressure Is On, Curb, 1981
  33. Angélique Kidjo, Once in a Lifetime, Remain In Light, Kravenworks, 2018