3. “Scorpion”

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“Scorpion” was released on June 29, 2018//Cash Money Records

Much of the criticism of Drake’s most recent album, “Scorpion,” is based on his inability to edit a tracklist. Obviously, “Scorpion” is more sprawling than cohesive, and there were some songs that he could’ve left on the cutting floor.

But as Rolling Stone’s Rob Sheffield writes, “with this guy, way too much is the point.”

It would be fair to assume most people don’t commit to a front-to-back listen of “Scorpion.” It’s his longest and arguably most languorous project. But that’s just one way to listen to an album — and it’s clearly not the way Drake would prefer us to judge his discography.

A lot of music purists would argue that you can’t judge an album by cherry-picking its highlights. But that’s where we’re at right now with Drake: He doesn’t care if you don’t replay the full album. He only cares if you love pieces of it.

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To that point, you’d be hard-pressed to find a fan who doesn’t have at least one or two “Scorpion” songs on repeat. The album boasts some of Drake’s most likeable songs yet, whether it’s his genius Mariah Carey homage “Emotionless,” his meme-able “In My Feelings,” his emo-synth jam “Summer Games,” or the ultimate soul-bounce bop “Nice For What.”

Plus, there’s something to be said for a man who has remodelled the system in his own image and broken multiple Beatles records in the process. His newer albums may be long, but he makes them work in a uniquely Drake-y way.

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