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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 their first Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, a new category at the time.

Scorpion
Scorpion - Eve - Cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 6, 2001
Recorded2000–2001
GenreHip hop
Length54:00
LabelRuff Ryders, Interscope
ProducerDee Dean (exec.), Waah Dean (exec.), Swizz Beatz (co-exec.), Jay "Icepick" Jackson, (co-exec.) Dame Grease, DJ Shok, Dr. Dre, Stevie J, Stephen Marley, Scott Storch, Teflon, Eric McCaine
Eve chronology
Ruff Ryders' First Lady
(1999)
Scorpion
(2001)
Eve-Olution
(2002)
Singles from Scorpion
  1. "Who's That Girl?"
    Released: February 20, 2001
  2. "Let Me Blow Ya Mind"
    Released: May 15, 2001

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 also nominated for Best Rap Album at the 44th Grammy Awards in 2002.

The album's title is a reference to Eve's zodiac sign, Scorpio.

"Cowboy" was remixed by Fatboy Slim for the soundtrack to Blade II.

Contents

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Intro"Eve Jeffers, Jay "Icepick" JacksonIcepick0:18
2."Cowboy"Jeffers, Kasseem Dean, Mashonda TifrereSwizz Beatz3:15
3."Who's That Girl?"Jeffers, Darrin Dean, Jackson, Sheldon "Teflon" HarrisTeflon4:42
4."Let Me Blow Ya Mind" (featuring Gwen Stefani)Jeffers, Gwen Stefani, Andre Young, Scott Storch, Mike Elizondo, Steven JordanDr. Dre, Storch3:49
5."3 Way (Skit)" (featuring Erex & Stevie J)Jeffers, Eric "Erex" Simms, Jordan, JacksonIcepick0:41
6."You Had Me, You Lost Me"Jeffers, Jordan, James Calloway,Stevie J4:21
7."Got What You Need" (featuring Drag-On & Swizz Beatz)Jeffers, Mel Smalls, K. Dean, E. McCaineSwizz Beatz, Eric McCaine3:52
8."Frontin'" (Skit)Jeffers, JacksonIcepick0:43
9."Gangsta Bitches" (featuring Da Brat & Trina)Jeffers, Shauntae Harris, Katrina Taylor, K. DeanSwizz Beatz4:24
10."That's What It Is" (featuring Styles P)Jeffers, David Styles, YoungDr. Dre3:40
11."Scream Double R" (featuring DMX)Jeffers, Earl Simmons, Michael GomezDJ Shok3:41
12."Thug in the Street" (featuring Drag-On & The LOX)Jeffers, M. Smalls, Jason Phillips, Styles, Sean Jacobs, K. DeanSwizz Beatz5:02
13."No, No, No" (featuring Damian Marley & Stephen Marley)Jeffers, D. Marley, S. MarleyStephen Marley5:37
14."You Ain't Gettin' None"Jeffers, Damon BlackmanDame Grease4:14
15."Life Is So Hard" (featuring Teena Marie)Jeffers, Mary Brockert, S. Jordan, M. GomezDJ Shok, Stevie J (co.)4:55
16."Be Me" (featuring Mashonda)Jeffers, M. Tifrere, M. GomezDJ Shok4:09

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic(70/100)[3]
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic     [4]
Entertainment WeeklyA[5]
LA Weekly(favorable)[6]
NME10/10[7]
PopMatters5/10[8][3]
Robert Christgau [9]
Rolling Stone     [10]
Spin7/10[3]
Wall of Sound70/100[11]
Yahoo! Music UK5/10[12]

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."[5]

ChartsEdit

Chart (2001) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[13] 92
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[14] 73
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[15] 20
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[16] 34
French Albums (SNEP)[17] 37
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[18] 32
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[19] 15
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[20] 10
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[21] 41
UK Albums (OCC)[22] 22
US Billboard 200[23] 4
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[24] 1

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[25] Platinum 100,000^
France (SNEP)[26] Gold 100,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[27] Gold 7,500^
United Kingdom (BPI)[28] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[29] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

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  6. ^ Wang, Oliver (28 March 2001). "New Music (Eve: Scorpion)". LA Weekly. Retrieved 30 December 2012.
  7. ^ Sutherland, Steve (28 February 2001). "Eve : Scorpion". NME. London: IPC Magazines. p. 32. ISSN 0028-6362. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
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  26. ^ "French album certifications – Eve – Scorpion" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique.
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  28. ^ "British album certifications – Eve – Scorpion". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Scorpion in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  29. ^ "American album certifications – Eve – Scorpion". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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