‘What A Time To Be Alive’ for All Drake, Future lovers

Drake and Future’s collaborative new album, “What A Time To Be Alive,” exceeds expectations, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.
The album sold over 300,000 copies in the first week, but has probably been illegally downloaded far beyond that.
However, the album is not as successful as Drake’s last album, “If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late.”
As “What A Time To Be Alive” grows in popularity, it will probably surpass these statistics since the collaboration with Future makes the album unstoppable.
The sound the two create is easy on the ears and addicting to listen to.
The album opens with the song “Digital Dash,” with Future spitting lyrics that run deep. He talks about street life and how things change once fame is gained and users and haters come around.
The lyrics “You rats will never be honorable,” from “Digital Dash”, pinpoint those who went against Future. The song received a lot of hype because Drake and Future unleashed a stellar opening song.
Surprisingly, Drake incorporates sports in his verse. It gets heated as his lyrics hint to haters to get over their hate and move on: “You remind me of a quarterback, that shit is all in the past [pass].”
Most albums have one or two songs that disappoint listeners, but this album does not. Every song on the album has been perfected to the taste of both artists, and fans greatly appreciate the hard work and dedication it took to create such a masterpiece.
The album hooks people into the music and lyrics because of the emotional connection.
Drake and Future’s lyrics relate to people everywhere and say things straightforward with no second thought.
The song “30 for 30 Freestyle” consists of Drake speaking truth from left and right. He summarizes portions of events in his life that molded him into be the person he is today.
Drake has experienced many people trying to bring him down because of his successes in life — an issue he addresses quite often in his songs.
Although he has had ups and downs with countless people, he continues to stress that haters can never bring him down, so they might as well give up.
Future raps just as much truth as Drake. From analyzing many of the songs, Future has much more quality in the lyrics and brings a lot of quantity to the album. His lyrics tend to hit listeners where it hurts more than Drake’s.
“What A Time To Be Alive” is full of good beats and even better bass. Even if listeners are not huge rap fans, the bass is worth the listen.
The rhythm of the songs pleases the soul because the inerrant sound makes the messages tied in the lyrics come to life.
The success of the sound is due to Future’s futuristic style of music.
This album is great to listen to when bumping, chilling and partying. So, is this mixtape fire? Yes.
The album is availble on iTunes for $17.99 and on Spotify.
This article originally appeared in the Oct. 14, 2015 print edition of The Echo.
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