By Nicholas Jennings on Tuesday, 06 October 2015
Category: Reviews

Music Review: Drake and Future - What a Time to Be Alive

What a time to be Drake. The Grammy-winning Toronto hip-hop star’s mixtape If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, released in February, is one of the year’s most successful recordings, with sales of over one million. This summer, the former actor born Aubrey Graham became embroiled in a mud-slinging beef with the rapper Meek Mill over ghostwriting accusations. Now Drake has released another bestselling mixtape. Recorded quickly with Atlanta rapper Future, the collection presents the MCs’ contrasting styles: Drake’s sharp raps and Future’s spaced-out drawls. The best collaborations are the booming “Jumpman” and the hypnotic “Diamonds Dancing.” The last two tracks are solo efforts, with Future’s hyper “Jersey” and Drake’s “30 for 30 Freestyle,” which addresses his dispute with Mill. Ultimately, the mixtape will bring more attention to Future, while biding time for Drake until he completes his next proper album, the much-anticipated tribute to his hometown, Views from the 6.