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Review: Drake, Future’s joint album not perfect but entertaining


2015 keeps giving hip-hop fans exciting new music, with two of its biggest stars Drake and Future.

Everybody in the hip-hop world knows who Drake is, and his surprise mixtape album “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Latewas very successful when it dropped at the beginning of the year, gifting fans with a slew of more hit songs.

Future is the lesser known of the two, and he’s a very divisive figure among hip-hop fans, much like Drake, because of his brand of rap music called Trap music. Future’s career has made a turnaround in the last year after he dropped three critically acclaimed mixtapes and then his No. 1 album “DS2.

Capitalizing on the stranglehold they have on the music game, Drake and Future have come together for a victory lap of sorts and dropped a surprise joint mixtape released on Sept. 20 titled “What a Time To Be Alive”.

“WATTBA is not perfect but it does live up to the hype. Two big time hit-makers effortlessly making more hits, and giving their rabid fan base what they want. Drake and Future found a great way to cap the amazing year they’ve had with the release of this record

The album starts with what is the equivalent of flame emoji’s in musical form in the song “Digital Dash”. Future hops all over a Metro Boomin production (Future’s longtime producer) with perfection. The song definitely sounds like it was meant for Future’s “DS2” album and Drake just hopped on it to assist.

Most of the songs sound like that on “WATTBA”, and this is not a bad thing, because Drake and Future can make good songs even if they sound clumsy. Like the song “Big Rings”. The chorus sounds awkward but that doesn’t matter because the beat makes up for it, and so does Future by leaving the chorus vocals to Drake.

Though not cohesive, the album stays entertaining, mainly because of the chemistry between Future and Metro Boomin, which is evident in the music they’ve been making together in the last year.

On one of the standout tracks, “Diamonds Dancing”, Drake and Future finally show some true concentration. They slow down the tempo and add feeling, compared to the songs before, and Drake croones instead of rapping.

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There’s an outro by Drake that may or may not be about Nicki Minaj. I like to imagine it is about her, thus making the song more interesting and funny, despite being a serious song. Listen for yourself and imagine the same thing.

“Diamonds Dancing” is followed by another slow song “Scholarships”, with a hard-edged theme.

In “Scholarships” Future continues to sound at home, literally, since the album was recorded in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia.

Drake and Future have nothing to prove with this album, which is why I consider it a “victory lap.” Drake continues his usual sappiness, and complaining about famous people, while Future keeps things dark and hard, closer to his roots.

Future is the most prominent voice you hear on “WATTBA and Drake is just sprinkled in, trying to fit, sometimes to great effect and sometimes not.

The real star, though, is Metro Boomin, the producer of most of the album. Without his consistent, in-demand sound, there’s no way this album would survive or get half of the love it is currently getting from fans and critics.

Metro Boomin is the driving force behind Future’s career revival, adding Drake to the mix is just a plus and a no brainer move.

Drake fans need not fear. If Metro Boomin’s Trap beats aren’t your cup of tea, the last song on the album is a solo Drake effort.

In the end, “What a Time To Be Alive answers its own question: It’s a fun time to be alive, just sit back and enjoy it.

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