Scorpion (album)

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Scorpion
Scorpion - Eve - Cover.jpg
Studio album by Eve
Released March 20, 2001
Recorded 1999–2001
Genre Hip hop
Length 54:00
Label Ruff Ryders, Interscope
Producer Dee 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)Ruff Ryders' First Lady1999
Scorpion
(2001)
Eve-Olution
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Singles from Scorpion
  1. "Who's That Girl?"
    Released: February 20, 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 their first Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, a new category at the time.

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.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro" Eve Jeffers, Jay "Icepick" Jackson Icepick 0:18
2. "Cowboy" Jeffers, Kasseem Dean, Mashonda Tifrere Swizz Beatz 3:15
3. "Who's That Girl?" Jeffers, Darrin Dean, Jackson, Sheldon "Teflon" Harris Teflon 4:42
4. "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" (featuring Gwen Stefani) Jeffers, Gwen Stefani, Andre Young, Scott Storch, Mike Elizondo, Steven Jordan Dr. Dre, Storch 3:49
5. "3 Way (Skit)" (featuring Erex & Stevie J) Jeffers, Eric "Erex" Simms, Jordan, Jackson Icepick 0:41
6. "You Had Me, You Lost Me" Jeffers, Jordan, James Calloway, Stevie J 4:21
7. "Got What You Need" (featuring Drag-On & Swizz Beatz) Jeffers, Mel Smalls, K. Dean, E. McCaine Swizz Beatz, Eric McCaine 3:52
8. "Frontin'" (Skit) Jeffers, Jackson Icepick 0:43
9. "Gangsta Bitches" (featuring Da Brat & Trina) Jeffers, Shauntae Harris, Katrina Taylor, K. Dean Swizz Beatz 4:24
10. "That's What It Is" (featuring Styles P) Jeffers, David Styles, Young Dr. Dre 3:40
11. "Scream Double R" (featuring DMX) Jeffers, Earl Simmons, Michael Gomez DJ Shok 3:41
12. "Thug in the Street" (featuring Drag-On & The LOX) Jeffers, M. Smalls, Jason Phillips, Styles, Sean Jacobs, K. Dean Swizz Beatz 5:02
13. "No, No, No" (featuring Damian Marley & Stephen Marley) Jeffers, D. Marley, S. Marley Stephen Marley 5:37
14. "You Ain't Getting None" Jeffers, Damon Blackman Dame Grease 4:41
15. "Life Is So Hard" (featuring Teena Marie) Jeffers, Mary Brockert, S. Jordan, M. Gomez DJ Shok, Stevie J (co.) 4:55
16. "Be Me" (featuring Mashonda) Jeffers, M. Tifrere, M. Gomez DJ Shok 4:09

Reception[edit]

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

Charts[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[13] 92
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[14] 73
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[15] 20
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[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

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/80372/dmb-stays-no-1-aerosmith-eve-notch-high-debuts
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ a b c "Critic reviews for Scorpion". Metacritic. Retrieved 30 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. Scorpion - Eve at AllMusic. Retrieved 7 November 2011.
  5. ^ a b Browne, David (7 March 2001). "Scorpion Review". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. pp. 78–9. ISSN 1049-0434. Retrieved 12 September 2009. 
  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. 
  8. ^ Bottomley, Maurice (5 March 2001). "Eve: Scorpion". PopMatters. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  9. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Eve". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 30 December 2012. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ Reeves, Mosi. "Wall of Sound Review: Scorpion". Wall of Sound. Archived from the original on 9 March 2001. Retrieved 30 December 2012. 
  12. ^ Poletti, James (5 March 2001). "EVE - 'Scorpion'". Yahoo! Music UK. Archived from the original on 16 August 2004. Retrieved 30 December 2012. 
  13. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  14. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Eve – Scorpion" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved July 19, 2016.
  15. ^ "Eve Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved July 19, 2016.
  16. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Eve – Scorpion" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved July 19, 2016.
  17. ^ "Lescharts.com – Eve – Scorpion". Hung Medien. Retrieved July 19, 2016.
  18. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Eve – Scorpion" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved July 19, 2016.
  19. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Eve – Scorpion". Hung Medien. Retrieved July 19, 2016.
  20. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Eve – Scorpion". Hung Medien. Retrieved July 19, 2016.
  21. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Eve – Scorpion". Hung Medien. Retrieved July 19, 2016.
  22. ^ "Eve | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved July 19, 2016.
  23. ^ "Eve Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved July 19, 2016.
  24. ^ "Eve Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved July 19, 2016.

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