Why Drake's new album 'Scorpion' could be a tad misogynistic

Yes, Drake is known for being #WOKE, but is he lowkey insensitive to the struggles of women? We explore.

By: Jonah Waterhouse

Throughout his career, Drake has become known for his 'nice guy' persona in the rap game — mostly due to his characteristic kindness, in comparison to the catcalling antics of other prominent male figures in rap.

Furthermore, his mainstream success is undeniable; with his fifth studio album Scorpion breaking Spotify's record for the most album streams in a single day (over 132 million worldwide, no less).


But even though Drake mightn't explicitly deride women with coarse language, his lack of understanding of women (and their struggles) rears its head in other ways.

Take, for example, the lyrics of 'Emotionless', the fourth track from Scorpion.

Aside from nonchalantly announcing the existence of his only child in the song (no big deal), the lyrical content of 'Emotionless' didn't go down too well on Twitter — with many interpreting Drake's digs at women as criticisms that should be levelled at society as a whole.

This isn't the first time Drake has been more than a little insincere towards the journeys of women in his life. Who could forget the oddly controlling lyrics of his 2015 megahit 'Hotline Bling', where Drake derided a supposed ex for "wearing less/going out more" and "hanging with some girls I've never seen before"?

In the words of one Oxygen writer: "['Hotline Bling'] suggests that a certain level of propriety is required for a woman to be 'good', and the standard for said propriety is justifiably policed by her whiny ex-boyfriend. Demeaning women for displaying overly sexual behaviour, or simply making themselves publicly visible in a way that is threatening to men, is the epitome of misogynist thinking."

It's an interesting yet somewhat concerning double-standard. Though Drake mightn't use explicit language to lower and slut-shame women like some of his fellow rap counterparts do, his current lyrical content could be considered somewhat condescending to women (even if it wasn't meant to come across that way).

Social media addiction and fear of missing out, or FOMO, is something society struggles with as a whole; but acting as though these problems only apply to women — and that men are somehow less prone to them — proves work still needs to be done in levelling expectations that both males and females face.

Don't get us wrong; we'd rather Drake's current creative trajectory than the wildly demeaning lyrics of other mainstream rappers. As far as misogyny in rap goes, Drake's lyrics are relatively well-intentioned — but regarding his interpretations of the trials and tribulations of women, there are definitely improvements to be made.

Regardless, there are undoubtedly some good songs on Scorpion, even if the 25-strong tracklist is far from digestible.

In the words of one reviewer; "Scorpion doesn't sting, it bloats." OUCH.