8 out of 10

Album: Scorpion (2018)
Charted: 21
  • The theme of this jubilant song is essentially Drake talking to his male critics. He boasts about his popularity with female listeners noting that their wives and sisters are listening to his music, while they're lashing out at him.

    Drizzy 'bout to drop, the game is in disarray
    I'd tell you hear me out but we both know end of the day
    Your sister is pressin' play, your trainer is pressin' play
    Your wifey, your wifey, your wifey, your wifey - (true)

    People may say what they will, ultimately Drake will still get lots of plays.
  • The critics Drake addresses includes Pusha T, whose diss track "The Story of Adidon" stated that the Toronto MC fathered a secret child with a French adult movie actress and has since kept his baby son hidden. Here, Drake refutes talk that he's a deadbeat dad.

    The only deadbeats is whatever beats I been rappin' to
    Never a matter of could I or should I
    Kiss my son on his forehead and kiss your ass goodbye
    As luck would have it I'm settled into my role as the good guy

    "The Story of Adidon" was one of several diss tracks exchanged between the pair, but now it seems Drake is keen to close the door on that chapter. By titling the song "8 Out of 10", the OVO head honcho is implying that he could have easily made it a ten out of ten beef-track to Pusha T, but he has dialed the heat back down, as he's the "good guy."
  • The exchange of diss tracks between Drake and Pusha T was ignited after the release of the latter's Daytona album on May 25, 2018, which included the Toronto rapper-baiting song "Infrared." It is evident that Drake went back into the studio once the Pusha T beef was in full swing, so that he could address being a father, which means songs like this one "Emotionless" and "March 14" must have been recorded just a few weeks before the release of Scorpion.
  • "8 Out of 10" concludes with the entire audio from Plies' "I Can't Argue With You" video, in which the Florida rapper explains how he has no time for arguing with a particular woman because he's "happy." The visual went viral as a meme after its publication on Twitter in November 2017. Drake's usage of the clip summarizes his message in the song that he's rich and successful and wants to be left alone.


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