Drake and Future - What A Time To Be Alive - 2015 Hip Hop - Sealed LP
Drake & Future - What A Time To Be Alive
Republic Records – B0025238-01, Cash Money Records, Inc. – B0025238-01, Epic Records – B0025238-01
Vinyl, LP, Album
28 Oct 2016
A1 Drake & Future - Digital Dash 3:51
A2 Drake & Future - Big Rings 3:37
A3 Drake & Future - Live From The Gutter 3:31
A4 Drake & Future - Diamonds Dancing 5:14
A5 Drake & Future - Scholarships 3:29
6 Drake & Future - Plastic Bag 3:22
7 Drake & Future - I'm The Plug 3:00
8 Drake & Future - Change Locations 3:40
9 Drake & Future - Jumpman 3:25
10 Future - Jersey 3:08
11 Drake - 30 For 30 Freestyle 4:13
What a Time to Be Alive received generally positive reviews from critics, receiving a normalized metascore of 70 out of 100 on the review aggregate website Metacritic based on 24 critics. Billboard described Drake and Future's chemistry as expected and said "Future deals with personal demons that he tries, and fails, to drown in drugs; Drake is mostly about insecurities and lesser gravity". Rolling Stone gave the album 3.5 out of 5 stars, attributing the "fresh and spontaneous" feel to the quick production of the album, where "both artists [are] playing off their louder-than-life personalities without overthinking the details." However, Sheldon Pearce in a Pitchfork Media review suggests that this limited time-frame for making the album is the sonic downfall of the mixtape arguing that the album "wasn't created with the care or the dutiful curation we've come to expect from both artists when solo."
In a mixed review, Sheldon Pearce of Pitchfork Media criticizes the "decided lack of chemistry between these two," because "they have difficulty sharing the same space" when on the same song. Pearce goes on to highlight how Future's presence, both in content and persona, is much more prevalent than Drake's, where the latter appears to be a "bystander" and "out of his element." Yet, he highlights moments where the collaboration works most effectively. In "Scholarships", Drake "throws Future the perfect alley-oop," "Jumpman" is a banger, and "Diamonds Dancing" is the first track between the two artists that "clicks on all cylinders." Additionally, Pearce lauds the production by Metro Boomin as "glimmering" and hails both rappers when they are able to work on their own and make music in their respective comfort zones in songs like Future's "Jersey" and Drake's "30 for 30 Freestyle".
Complex said about Drake verses; "despite a corny bar here or there, Drake sounds way more energized with much better flows."Entertainment Weekly was disappointed with Drake on the album, quoting "despite a beat by Drake whisperer Noah "40" Shebib, the album-closing "30 For 30 Freestyle" doesn't come near clearing the admittedly high bar Drake has set for himself in 2015."
What a Time to Be Alive debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, with 375,000 equivalent album units; it sold 334,000 copies in its first week, with the remainder of its unit count representing the album's streaming activity and track sales during the tracking week. It became both Drake and Future's second albums to chart at number one on the Billboard 200 in 2015 (If You're Reading This It's Too Late and DS2, respectively). In its second week it sold 65,000 copies. As of January 3, 2016, What a Time to Be Alive has sold 508,000 copies in the United States.