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MARK BLINCH

The jury’s still out on whether Kiki loves Drake or not, but it’s pretty clear that the rest of the world does, and with good reason. On his fifth official full-length release, this summer’s Scorpion, the Toronto child star turned rapper proves that he’s one of the most consistent artists out there right now; though he churns out material at a seemingly nonstop pace, it’s always high quality, and it always manages to connect with his listeners. With Scorpion Drake continues to build on the signature hyperpersonal confessional rap-singing he established on 2009’s So Far Gone EP. This time he takes it to the next level, striking a balance between hard-hitting trap and lofty, sophisticated melodies. There’s something for any hip-hop or pop fan here, from the supersoft dream-pop-flavored drones of “Summer Games” to the DJ Paul-produced smasher “Talk Up” to the bleak introspection of “Elevate.” Drake’s ability to bare his soul over any type of hip-hop is one of the reasons he’s so successful; everyone can sense a little bit of themselves in the guy, which is just as important as the dude’s undeniably compelling hooks and verses. But though it’s nearly perfect, Scorpion raises an important question: Is it possible to have too much of a good thing? At 25 tracks, it might cause even the biggest Drakeheads to find their attention waning long before Future makes a brilliant cameo on “Blue Tint,” deep into the record’s second disc. The same thing can said for tour openers Migos, whose latest effort, Culture II, is stacked with certified bangers but starts to drag over its 24 songs.   v

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