Everything You Need to Know About Drake and Future’s New Mixtape!
Last Sunday night was like Christmas for hip-hop heads as they listened to the premiere of the highly-anticipated joint mixtape from Drake and Future, What A Time To Be Alive, during an episode of OVO Sound radio on Beats1.
Drake said of the 11-track project, “It’s a little soundtrack for the people that need it right now.”
“I went to Atlanta for six days a couple weeks ago with the hopes of doing some songs with Future, and when you get around Future, it’s like a vortex, that guy can outwork anybody right now. It’s tough to see someone do four, five songs in one night and not try to match it.”
It was only last week rumors began to spread on Twitter about the Canadian and Atlanta MC linking up for a joint project fans would love. Of course that got people wondering if the project was real and if it would drop anytime soon.
This weekend, Drake teased the album by posting its diamond-encrusted artwork on his Instagram and captioning it with his OVO Sound logo and Future’s Freebandz emblem. Drake also performed at Atlanta’s Midtown Music Festival on Friday and told the crowd, “Sunday will be madness.”
This joint album isn’t much of a surprise, as Drake and Future have multiple songs together and have shared the same stage on numerous occasions.
They first teamed up on the track “Tony Montana,” off Future’s 2012 debut, Pluto; the song “Never Satisfied” in 2014 on Future’s Honest and “Where Ya At?” on Future’s DS2, which was released this past summer.
This past spring, the two rappers toured together as part of Drake’s Jungle Tour. However, they haven’t always been cool. Back in 2013, they had a memorable falling out after Future made some comments about Drake’s album, Nothing Was the Same, which caused him to lose his opening act spot on Drake’s Would You Like A Tour? After suing for lost wages, they patched things up.
What A Time to Be Alive was given the name by cultural tastemaker Ernest Baker and features production from Metro Boomin, Southside, Boi-1da and Noah “40” Shebib.
It is Drake’s second project this year to get an Apple-only airing before physical release. The first was If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late.
As with everything, Twitter played music critic, and here are some of the most fascinating.
If you didn’t workout and listen to “What A Time to Be Alive” did you really workout?
— Joshua Kissi (@StreetEtiquette) September 21, 2015
“What a Time to be Alive” already certified twitter classic. — Desus Nice (@desusnice) September 20, 2015
“Me and my friends we got money to spend.” — the IG caption for groups of girls who don’t pay for their own drinks.
— Jozen C. (@jozenc) September 20, 2015
It’s all fun and games until Meek comes home and Nicki bumpin What A Time To Be Alive — victoria (@CountOnVic) September 21, 2015
What A Time To Be Alive will be available exclusively on iTunes and Apple Music before its widespread release. Download here.