The most commercially successful rapper of the decade will be returning this summer with a new album titled Scorpion. Toronto native Drake, has been in attendance at many a Raptor’s game lately, and has been busy playing the viral game Fortnite online. Finally, however, he announced that he would be delivering his fans a new album in June of this year. The album title Scorpion likely has to do with Drake’s birthday month, October, for which the zodiac sign is Scorpio. The fact that his label, OVO, is an abbreviation for “October’s Very Own” is further support for this theory. The rapper has recently made several cryptic instagram posts, including this scorpion chain, and a “Scorpion: June Twenty Eighteen” jacket.
What do we know about the forthcoming album? It is unclear whether the latest hit singles “God’s Plan”, which went No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and “Diplomatic Immunity” will appear on the June final cut. Given that they both involved production from his favorite producers Noah “40” Shebib and Boi 1da, it seems likely Drake will stick to his winning formula. “Nice For What” is Drake’s latest song to go No. 1, and features production from Murda Beatz.
Over the past decade, Drake has consistently delivered albums with diverse themes and sounds, from hard hitting boom-bap beats to nostalgic love songs. There is no reason to expect anything less than that from the June release. Drake has been known to be working with more and more British and Caribbean artists. If the current trend continues, expect more his newfound mixture of rap, dancehall, r&b, and grime to feature heavily on Scorpion. Meanwhile, Drake has announced a tour with rap trio Migos, titled “Aubrey & The Three Amigos”.