When rumors began to swirl Drake and Future collaborated on a tape, #FutureHive and OVO fans wanted it, no, needed it ASAP, but like the true showmen they are, we waited, allowing for anticipation to build, and what we received was the musical embodiment of the word flourish. The genius collaboration of two of hip-hop's finest truly lived up to the tape's name, What A Time To Be Alive.
Future dominates the mixtape, and rightfully so. The Dirty Sprite 2 artist has hit a musical stride that should not be interrupted or tampered with, proving Drake is a fine Chess player and knows when to "play the back" (peep the quotation marks)
Personal favorites include "Digital Dash" "I'm The Plug", and the Madison Square Garden-esque "Jumpman", which will no doubt provide the soundtrack for any and all upcoming lituations.
And while WATTBA is clearly for the pre-game, the turn up and the IHOP run afterwards, I prefer my music with a bit more introspection, which is why Drizzy's "30 For 30 Freestyle" does it for me. Over Noah "40" Shebib's plush production, Drizzy takes a step back from all the bossy talk and effortlessly raps about the downfall of fame (legally having to take paternity tests on a random Tuesday afternoon because some Jane alleged you two boned must suck) hinting at the Black Lives Matter movement, and business troubles were all seamlessly woven into a freestyle reminiscent of an Aubrey Graham I fancy.
What A Time To Be Alive accurately plucks at the party atmosphere of our musical climate. When life gets a bit too real, this is the tape you rock out to. Future and Drake aren't saving lives, they're just trying to help you enjoy yours just a little bit more, and for that, I can respect it.