Scorpion (Eve album)

Scorpion is the second studio album by American rapper Eve. It was by Ruff Ryders Entertainment and Interscope Records on released March 6, 2001 in the United States. The album's title is a reference to Eve's zodiac sign, Scorpio. It 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
GenreHip hop
Length54:00
Label
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
Let There Be Eve...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.

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] Allmusic editor Jason Birchmeier found that on the album "Eve brings even more muscle to her follow-up album, Scorpion. Her rhymes flow just as smoothly here as they did on her debut, and she sounds even more confident than before [...] At 16 tracks, this album doesn't overreach and really doesn't have too many surprises. There are a few flawed moments where the choruses aren't as catchy as they intend to be, but for the most part Eve plays it safe. If you liked her first album, you'll like this one even better."[4]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Intro"
Icepick0:18
2."Cowboy"Swizz Beatz3:15
3."Who's That Girl?"
  • Jeffers
  • Darrin Dean
  • Jackson
  • Sheldon "Teflon" Harris
Teflon4:42
4."Let Me Blow Ya Mind" (featuring Gwen Stefani)
3:49
5."3 Way (Skit)" (featuring Erex & Stevie J)
  • Jeffers
  • Eric "Erex" Simms
  • Jordan
  • Jackson
Icepick0:41
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
  • Dean
  • Eric McCaine
  • Swizz Beatz
  • McCaine
3:52
8."Frontin'" (Skit)Jeffers, JacksonIcepick0:43
9."Gangsta Bitches" (featuring Da Brat & Trina)Swizz Beatz4:24
10."That's What It Is" (featuring Styles P)
Dr. Dre3:40
11."Scream Double R" (featuring DMX)
DJ Shok3:41
12."Thug in the Street" (featuring Drag-On & The LOX)
Swizz Beatz5:02
13."No, No, No" (featuring Damian Marley & Stephen Marley)
  • Jeffers
  • D. Marley
  • S. Marley
S. Marley5:37
14."You Ain't Gettin' None"
  • Jeffers
  • Damon Blackman
Dame Grease4:14
15."Life Is So Hard" (featuring Teena Marie)
  • Jeffers
  • Mary Brockert
  • Jordan
  • Michael Gomez
  • DJ Shok
  • Stevie J (co.)
4:55
16."Be Me" (featuring Mashonda)
  • Jeffers
  • Tifrere
  • Gomez
DJ Shok4:09

Samples credits

  • "You Had Me, You Lost Me" contains a portion of the composition "Over Like a Fat Rat" as written by James Calloway, Aaron Davenport, and Leroy Jackson.
  • "No, No, No" features samples from the Dawn Penn recording "You Don't Love Me (No, No, No)".

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[27] Platinum 100,000^
France (SNEP)[28] Gold 100,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[29] Gold 7,500^
United Kingdom (BPI)[30] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[31] Platinum 1,000,000^

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

ReferencesEdit

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  30. ^ "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.
  31. ^ "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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