What qualities really make a person a genius? A lot of people may argue that having a very high level of intelligence is the answer, but a lot more would rather argue that qualities like, precision, tenacity, will power and being able to multi-task should be added to the list. There have been a lot of people in our world who turned out to be geniuses, for example, Albert Einstein, Mozart, Cleopatra Michael Angelo, Muhammad Ali and others. Did they really possess all these qualities? It’s hard to say. While some of them were highly intelligent, others weren’t. Those who were not, depended on qualities like tenacity – the quality or fact of being very determined, the quality or fact of continuing to exist or persist – to make up for what they didn’t have. And in the end, they all came up with extraordinary works in their different endeavors. That gives us an idea. A genius has to be someone who does whatever it is they can to produce an extraordinary work of art, or science. Drake’s 2018 album Scorpion has such extraordinary features. When he announced the release of his 2018 album Scorpion, I, as well as many others, assumed it was going to be mostly Hip Hop music and probably a few RnB songs since he was in the habit of whipping up RnB tunes in between songs anyway. Little did we know that he had other plans. That body of work turned out to be partly of the Hip Hop and RnB genres respectively. Drake gave as much attention to RnB as he did to Hip Hop. That was amazing. It showed his mastery of the two genres and it brought back good old memories of the days when he indulged his RnB cravings so much. The days when the little guy out there wasn’t sure if he was a Hip Hop artist or an RnB artist. Those days were gold. It is like being able to eat your cake and still have it. It is hard enough for most artists to succeed in one genre of music, but Drake effortlessly paddles through two – Hip Hop and RnB. Of course, some people may still argue that the aforementioned people are not geniuses, however, the point is, whether or not they are, their works give evidence of something spectacular, something extraordinary.
The Sophistication Of “Scorpion”
Scorpion is a two-part 23-track album. The A side of the album contains 12 tracks and the B side has 13 songs. Before its release, there were previously circulated rumors that the A side will be completely Hip Hop songs while the B side will lean towards RnB, but the A and B parts of the album are a fusion of both Hip Hop and RnB songs. The A part however contains more Hip Hop songs than RnB and vice versa. It features just four artists – Jay Z in A side’s “Talk Up”, Ty Dolla $ign, and Michael Jackson and Static Major who got posthumous features in B side’s :”Don’t Matter To Me” and “After Dark” respectively, and additional vocals by a variety of artists, including PartyNextDoor, Future, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and Nai Palm. It is executively produced by Drake himself, alongside frequent collaborator Noah “40” Shebib and manager Oliver El-Khatib, and features production from 40, alongside a variety of producers, including Allen Ritte No ID, Boi-1da, DJ Premier, DJ Paul, Tay Keith, T-Minus, Murda Beatz, Cardo and Noel Cadastre, among others. As always, Drake showed a great amount of originality in carrying along his normal style of mid-tempo beats which characterized all the RnB songs, while also trying out some form of trap music in songs like “Mob Ties’ and “Blue Tint”. Previously released singles “God’s Plan”, “Nice For What”, “I’m Upset”, “Don’t Matter To Me”, “In My Feelings”, “Mob Ties”, and “Nonstop” all reached the top twenty on the US Billboard Hot 100, with three of them reaching number one: “God’s Plan”, “Nice For What”, and “In My Feelings”.
Did Drake Really Show Precision, Tenacity And Will Power In “Scorpion”?
The answer to that question will yet again depend on individual perception. To many, he did. But to some others, he did not, and that is why the album received a general lukewarm review from fans, music journalists and critics. The truth though, is that a lot of determination and perseverance went into this album. Even though Drake has always had a long term romance with the RnB genre, he has never given it as much time, commitment, and energy as he did in Scorpion. Over the years, he has consistently brushed his RnB skills, getting better and better with each passing year, never allowing critics to make him stop. If that’s not tenacity, then I don’t know what is. Also, Scorpion is a two-part album, but it could as well be split into two different albums. Drake carefully prepared that body of work, focusing on the A side to absolutely create what Hip Hop is, and the B side to properly create what RnB should be. Then again, if that’s not precision, then I don’t know what is. And does he have will power? Absolutely! That’s the quality that guided him all through the processes of what later became Scorpion. Without will power, he would not have been able to imagine doing Hip Hop music, as well as RnB. His ability to listen and obey his inner voice earned him that. One thing is consistent in this album and it is the fact that Drake gave as much time and effort to the Hip Hop songs as well as the RnB songs. One would have expected him to focus on Hip Hop songs seeing that he’s mostly a Hip Hop artist, but over the years and throughout the better part of his music career, Drake has shown that he is an RnB artist as much as he is a Hip Hop artist. In all Drake channeled his true nature of both Hip Hop and RnB without giving preference to one, and that my friends is genius.