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PJ Morton & Opinions on Drake

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.