In the past year, Drake has gifted the world new music in the form of a “playlist” (More Life) and a two-song EP (Scary Hours). But soon enough, the 6 God will unleash his first full-length project since 2016’s Views titled Scorpion, and the excitement is palpable.
The Scorpion announcement follows Drake’s instant hit and current Hot 100 chart-topper “Nice for What,” the follow-up to Scary Hours cuts “Diplomatic Immunity” and “God’s Plan” — the latter of which held the No. 1 spot on the Hot 100 for 11 weeks and broke Apple Music and Spotify’s first-day streaming records in January.
Drake began to tease fans with tidbits about his album earlier this week when he posted a photo of himself in a shiny bomber jacket with “Scorpion” emblazoned on the back. With his new album slated for release in June, Billboard scoured the internet and Drizzy’s Instagram page to find out more about his fifth studio album Scorpion. Here’s what we know so far:
The title of Drake’s new album Scorpion led many to believe it was a reference to the rapper’s Scorpio zodiac sign, which makes sense given that his birthday falls on October 24 and the rapper’s entire music empire, October’s Very Own, is named after his birth month.
Earlier in the week, Drake shared a photo of a gold necklace, embellished with a diamond-encrusted scorpion in the middle and the succinct caption, “June 2018″ announcing his new project. He followed up with another photo of himself rocking a black bomber with writing on the back, reminiscent of an end-credits scene in a movie. Could Drizzy be filming a documentary or short film to coincide with the album?
While Drake announced that his forthcoming album will arrive in June 2018, he decided to keep the specific release date a secret. However, he’s set to perform at a super exclusive dinner party at Chateau Le Jardin in Ontario on June 7, which may or may not be a part of his album’s promotional campaign.
Drake’s “God’s Plan” and “Diplomatic Immunity” were already featured on the Scary Hours EP released earlier this year, so it’s likely the singles won’t land on Scorpion, but that doesn’t mean Drizzy’s go-to producers — Boi 1da and Noah “40” Shebib, who produced the Scary Hours cuts — won’t have a hand in the new album. In fact, Drake already confirmed his longtime producer 40 and OVO manager Olivier El-Khatib will be executive producing the Scorpion album in a recent Instagram post, in which 40 is seen rocking his own custom Scorpion bomber jacket.
The 6 God’s latest song “Nice for What” was produced by Murda Beatz and could possibly be featured on the new project as well. In December, Drizzy posted an image of him speaking with Nigerian artist Tekno at a studio, suggesting the two artists may have collaborated on a song, given Drake’s history with Caribbean-inspired sounds.
Before announcing the album, though, Drake’s friend, Steez (aka @steezthegreat on IG) complimented the outfit the rapper was wearing in a recent photo and wrote, “Zip up is hard.” Drake replied, “harder than the album intro or nah,” suggesting that his aside from the overall album, fans can especially look forward to the album opener.