Scorpion (album)

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Scorpion
Studio album by Eve
Released March 6, 2001
Recorded 2000–2001
Genre East Coast hip hop, dirty rap
Length 54:00
Label Ruff Ryders, Interscope
Producer Dee Dean (exec.), Waah Dean (exec.), Swizz Beatz, Dame Grease, DJ Shok, Dr. Dre, Stevie J, Jay "Icepick" Jackson, Stephen Marley, Scott Storch, Teflon
Eve chronology
Ruff Ryders' First Lady
(1999)
Scorpion
(2001)
Eve-Olution
(2002)
Singles from Scorpion
  1. "Who's That Girl?"
    Released: February 8, 2001
  2. "Let Me Blow Ya Mind"
    Released: May 15, 2001

Scorpion is the second studio album by American hip-hop artist Eve, released March 6, 2001 on Ruff Ryders Entertainment and Interscope Records. The album features the Grammy-winning hit single, "Let Me Blow Ya Mind", a duet with Gwen Stefani, winning in the then-newly created category Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Scorpion was a critical and commercial success, debuting at number four on the US Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 162,000 copies and became her second consecutive number-one album on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.[1] Scorpion was later certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on May 10, 2001, in excess sales exceeding in one million copies.[2] Scorpion was nominated for best rap album at the 2002 Grammy Awards.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Intro" – 0:18
  2. "Cowboy" – 3:15
  3. "Who's That Girl?" – 4:42
  4. "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" (featuring Gwen Stefani) – 3:49
  5. "3 Way" (skit) (feat. Erex and Stevie J) – 0:41
  6. "You Had Me, You Lost Me" – 4:21
  7. "Got What You Need" (featuring Drag-On and Swizz Beatz) – 3:52
  8. "Frontin'" (skit) – 0:43
  9. "Gangsta Bitches" (featuring Da Brat and Trina) – 4:24
  10. "That's What It Is" (featuring Styles P of The Lox) – 3:40
  11. "Scream Double R" (featuring DMX) – 3:41
  12. "Thug in the Street" (featuring The Lox and Drag-On) – 5:02
  13. "No, No, No" (featuring Damian Marley and Stephen Marley with elements from Jackie Mittoo's "Ghetto Organ") – 5:37
  14. "You Ain't Gettin' None" – 4:11
  15. "Life Is So Hard" (featuring Teena Marie) – 4:55
  16. "Be Me" (featuring Mashonda Tifrere) – 4:09 [3]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (70/100)[4]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[5]
Entertainment Weekly A[6]
LA Weekly (favorable)[7]
NME 10/10[8]
PopMatters 5/10[9][4]
Robert Christgau (dud)[10]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[11]
Spin 7/10[4]
Wall of Sound 70/100[12]
Yahoo! Music UK 5/10[13]

David Browne of Entertainment Weekly gave the album an A, stating, "More than just a dramatic improvement over its predecessor, Scorpion is the first female hip hop project that even attempts to fill the void left by The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill."[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/80372/dmb-stays-no-1-aerosmith-eve-notch-high-debuts
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Eve Scorpion USA Promo CD". eil.com. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c "Critic reviews for Scorpion". Metacritic. Retrieved 30 December 2012. 
  5. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. Scorpion - Eve at AllMusic. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
  6. ^ a b Browne, David (7 March 2001). "Scorpion Review". Entertainment Weekly (Time Inc). pp. 78–9. ISSN 1049-0434. Retrieved 12 September 2009. 
  7. ^ Wang, Oliver (28 March 2001). "New Music (Eve: Scorpion)". LA Weekly. Retrieved 30 December 2012. 
  8. ^ Sutherland, Steve (28 February 2001). "Eve : Scorpion". NME (London: IPC Magazines). p. 32. ISSN 0028-6362. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  9. ^ Bottomley, Maurice (5 March 2001). "Eve: Scorpion". PopMatters. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  10. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Eve". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 30 December 2012. 
  11. ^ Berger, Arion (5 March 2001). "Eve: Scorpion". Rolling Stone (RS 865) (Straight Arrow). p. 63. ISSN 0035-791X. Archived from the original on 8 April 2008. 
  12. ^ Reeves, Mosi. "Wall of Sound Review: Scorpion". Wall of Sound. Archived from the original on 9 March 2001. Retrieved 30 December 2012. 
  13. ^ Poletti, James (5 March 2001). "EVE - 'Scorpion'". Yahoo! Music UK. Archived from the original on 16 August 2004. Retrieved 30 December 2012. 

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