Rappers flow in new album 'What a Time to Be Alive'

October 6, 2015

 

Drake rides shotgun while Future and him conquer the Atlanta night life in “What a Time to be Alive.” 



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Drake (R) and Future's surprise album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts.



This album dropped exclusively on Apple Music and on iTunes on Sept. 20, showcasing the two hottest rappers in the game right now. The album is debuting new material that challenges both of their usual techniques. 


“What a Time to be Alive” is more of a full length Future album featuring Drake, with an exception of a handful of songs that could easily be in Drizzy’s catalog with or without Future. 


Songs such as “Plastic Bag” and “Change Locations” are “Drake type” songs paying the ode to the exotic dancers of Magic City gentlemen’s club in Atlanta. 


Where the two mc’s challenged each other was not only in lyricism, but in the delivery and finding their comfort zone.


This is one of the most coherent albums that Future has put out because you can understand his words and flow more than any of his previous releases. 


Drake is stepping into the Atlanta trap lifestyle, from the trap beats produced by Metro Booming, to his choice of lyrics about money, strippers, drinking lean, and women. 


This gave Drake a chance to step out and give something out of the ordinary to his standards. 
Songs like “I’m the Plug” and “Live from the Gutter” aren’t what you expect in a Drake catalog. They are more turn up records but have Future’s technique and style all over it. 


The chemistry Drake and Future display is solid, but not Throne worthy like Jay-z and Kanye West. Their album "Watch the Throne" is the only other collaboration of this magnitude to feature two of the hottest Mc’s. 


Throughout “Watch the Throne” chemistry between the two is unmatched, challenging each one to be great. 


On Drake and Future’s joint album, there is only a couple songs where their chemistry comes full circle to release heat. Songs like “Big Rings” and “Jumpman” shows the ability that both Mc’s were vibing and feeding of each other’s energy. 


Drake is spitting fire, displaying how he is endorsed by the greatest basketball player of all time as well as flexing his fame that receives texts from Michael Jordan. 


This album really is Drake riding shotgun while Future drives all over the hottest Atlanta hotspots. 
The album does feature two solo songs by each artist.


Drake finishes off the album by delivering freestyle so raw and flawless it can only be compared to this; basketball game, having the best player, feed off everybody, let the game come to him but then in the 4th quarter out of nowhere take over and seize up the win for the squad. 


Overall, I give the album a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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