Metro Boomin, Southside and some others like Boi-1da and Noah “40” Shebib do little to diversify their portfolios, helping only to make the goings a smooth ride, for the most part.
What’s more, the rappers had a fight in 2013 and Future tried to sue Drake. This will most likely play as one of the first singles, serving as a possible club-hit.
As soon as the buzz started to simmer, Drake drops this album to bring his name, along with Future, back into the mix.
“What a Time to Be Alive” is indeed an appropriate title for the collaborative mixtape the At-Lien and Toronto hero released this week.
Drake and Future have collaborated often, but things haven’t always been smooth between them. The two remain autonomous with their raps: Drake, with his stories about women who strip to pay for college (“Scholarships”) and Future with his love of Percocet and cough syrup mixed with Sprite.
While this is pretty impressive and exciting for Future and Drake, the figures are still in prediction territory. Although the project isn’t damagingly subpar in any sonic sense and is sure to still receive ample album sales and DJ spins throughout the rest of the year (especially “Big Rings” and “Jumpman”,) WATTBA still measures slightly disappointing in terms of what we’ve seen and heard from each artist individually, even this year. This is my favorite side of the tape because not only do we get Drake all emotional on the track but we also get the Future from earlier in his career when he sang to the ladies circa: No Matter What.
Anyway, on Drake and Future’s mixtape, Drake addresses the ghostwriting allegations on tracks such as 30 for 30. Future’s solo spot (“Jersey“) is an anthem for his crew reminding them of snitches getting stitches and it’s fine. Claiming to have written the song “on a bumpy flight on a summer night/Flying over Chattanooga, out here trying to spread the movement”, Drake reflects on everything from the recent ghostwriter controversy, his endless supply of women and how nothing seems to phase him as much as when he was younger.
The Toronto rapper teamed up with Atlanta-based rising star Future to release a mixtape entitled What a Time To Be Alive.
Drake and LeBron James have time, and time again been compared to one another. The mixtape (which I’m still not comfortable calling it a mixtape since it’s $9.99 on iTunes) is a pit-stop for two guys continuing their world conquest and a rare moment where two big dogs share a bone instead of fighting over it. What a time, indeed.