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Drake confirms rumors of a son in newest album, ‘Scorpion’

Drake, pictured in a 2011 file photo.
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Drake, pictured in a 2011 file photo.

LOS ANGELES — Drake confirms he’s a father on his new album.

The 31-year-old rapper from Canada released ‘‘Scorpion’’ on Friday. In two songs on his fifth album, he addresses rumors that he fathered a son with a former French adult-film star.

In ‘‘Emotionless,’’ Drake raps, ‘‘I wasn’t hiding my kid from the world, I was hiding the world from my kid.’’ In ‘‘March 14,’’ he uses a Michael Jackson reference to say, ‘‘She not my lover like Billie Jean, but the kid is mine.’’

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The 25-track album features the singles ‘‘God’s Plan’’ and ‘‘Nice For What.’’ The album follows ‘‘More Life’’ from 2017.

Jay Z, Future, Static Major and Ty Dolla $ign are among the artists who appear on the new album. He also samples Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey.