Drake, Future Drop Joint Mixtape ‘What a Time to Be Alive’

21 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Apple Music is exclusively premiering Drake and Future’s surprise album on Beats 1 Radio.

Drake unveiled his joint mixtape with Future, What a Time to Be Alive, Sunday on his OVO Sound radio show on Beats 1, which would reportedly be followed by the album’s exclusive iTunes and Apple Music release. “It’s a little soundtrack for people who need it right now,” Drake said of the 11-track album. “I went to Atlanta for six days a couple weeks ago with the hopes of doing some songs with Future, and when you get around Future, it’s like a vortex, that guy can outwork anybody right now,” Drake said. “It’s tough to see someone do four, five songs in one night and not try to match it.” Drake also credited Metro Boomin for the bulk of the production (along with Southside, Boi-1da and Noah “40” Shebib) and Ernest Baker for providing the title What a Time to Be Alive . Many fans were upset that Drake didn’t release an album at the Apple conference, but he’s just earned himself some brownie points as he’s confirmed a joint album with fellow rapper Future.UPDATE: At 11:00 p.m, the website Drake had allegedly set up to announce the release of his new mixtape revealed nothing but a looping video of the rapper from his Degrassi days laughing. There was a fair amount of hype suggesting that the pair were collaborating on a project, with many speculating that they would be releasing a mixtape.

Drake then teased during his Music Midtown Festival performance in Atlanta on Friday, “Sunday will be madness.” Drake and Future first teamed on the latter’s “Tony Montana,” a cut off Future’s 2012 debut LP Pluto. The mixtape has been rumoured for weeks (it all started when The Brekafast Club host Angela Yee accidentally asked rapper Charlamagne tha God what was happening with the aforementioned tape), but it wasn’t until today that a website popped up with an “official countdown” to the release.

The two rappers also appeared on Future’s Honest track “Never Satisfied in 2014 before reuniting again for DS2’s “Where Ya At?” The two rappers also co-starred on Lil Wayne’s “Love Me” and DJ Drama’s “We in This Bitch 1.5” The album also becomes second Drake release – following If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late – to get an Apple-only airing before it’s physical release; Drake was among the artists to align with Apple Music prior to the streaming service’s launch, and the rapper routinely shares exclusive tracks on his Beats 1 radio show. Drake is no stranger to sudden releases; his last surprise broke Spotify records with 17.3 million streams in 3 days, beating his own record set in 2013 when Nothing Was the Same saw 15.8 million in a week. Back when Drake was first coming up and releasing smaller mixtapes, he constantly gave a shout out to his, “brother Future,” including on his chart topping, “I’m Still Fly.” Since then, Future has paid him back and hosted Drake on a number his tracks. Most recently, Drake surprised thousands of fans at an event in Toronto for Ryerson University’s Frosh Week that Future was performing at, taking the stage with his longtime friend and soon-to-be Toronto political legend, Norm Kelly. Since Drizzy joined Future on Dirty Sprite 2‘s “Where They At” as the only feature, fans have been itching for more music between the two and now they have an entire project to devour.

There’s no word on whether or not the mixtape will be free to download or will be available to purchase through services like iTunes, but it looks like fans may be able to download it at 12:00 a.m. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again. Despite all his “goddamn snack” gusto – and his bold proclamations that he’d bring the New York Jets back to the Super Bowl – he was unceremoniously canned by the team at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season. Since being hired as Bills coach in January, Ryan has shown that he hasn’t lost a step – at least when it comes to outrageous stunts and notebook-filling quotes. Nobody knows for sure the size or terms of Drake’s deal with Apple — could be zero, could be $19 million — but this album release is a guaranteed blockbuster.

Most of the so-called experts chalked it all up to the bluster of a man who’d lost his mojo, but after leading the Bills to an upset win over the Indianapolis Colts in Week 1, Ryan got the last laugh. Now, as he prepares for Sunday’s showdown with the New England Patriots, we’re looking back at Ryan’s greatest hits since blowing into Buffalo – a pattern of IDGAF behavior that proves while his team may have changed, Rex most certainly hasn’t. Ryan’s arrival in Buffalo is heralded as the beginning of a new era, and the Bills mark the occasion by taking him out for beers with the franchise’s all-time passing leader, Hall of Famer Jim Kelly – oh, and presenting him with a giant “Welcome Rex” pizza.

Sensing that he has finally found a team that truly understands him, Rex guarantees to end the Bills’ 15-year playoff drought and promises his boys will “lead the league in defense.” Then he probably got some wings at Duff’s. In this case, he appears alongside Tony Romo in an ad for Pizza Hut’s “Triple Cheese Covered Stuffed Crust” monstrosity, which is both disgusting and strangely fitting, since that was his nickname in college. Having already put his New Jersey home on the market and given the majority of his Jets apparel to charity, Rex makes the breakup official by having the tattoo on his right bicep – which formerly showed his wife wearing a green jersey – recolored Bills blue.

Days after showing up at the NFL Combine in a Thurman Thomas jersey, Rex takes yet another step towards fully ingratiating himself with every Bills backer from Tonawanda by getting a huge, team-branded truck. Surrounded by fans, Bud Lights and platters of wings, Rex once again proclaims his love for the city of Buffalo, and gets the coveted Kelly seal of approval: “It took me five minutes to realize that this guy’s cool.” As if Ryan couldn’t make it any clearer that he was, like, so totally over the Jets, he responds to New York tight end Jace Amaro’s claim that the team “lacked accountability” during Rex’s last year in the most R.R. way imaginable. “That’s a fucking B.S. comment,” he tells Sports Illustrated. Before taking part in LeSean McCoy’s charity softball game (which apparently isn’t “females only”) Ryan tempers expectations that he’ll go yard. “The fence is way too far back. I’ll act like I’m disappointed, but there’s no way I’m going to reach that thing,” he says. “This home run derby, I’m going to make a guarantee that I’m not going to hit one out.” Despite showing off a decent swing, Rex proves to be a man of his word. The entire Ryan clan participates in a lengthy feature story in The Buffalo News, which is notable mainly because of the revelation that Rex was once arrested for breaking his brother Rob’s nose during a college brawl (said brawl started when a too-drunk Rex apparently shirked his wingman duties).

In the PR stunt to end all PR stunts, Rex pledges his allegiance to Buffalo (and risks shattered ankles) by going skydiving over Niagara Falls with the U.S. Play-by-play of the dive is provided by Bills social media, but when asked what exactly was the whole point of the jump, Ryan simply says, “I like living.” Then why go skydiving?!? But we got the same record as them in that stadium on Sunday…They’re going to get every single thing I have, every single thing that my players have and our coaching staff.” Kickoff is 1 p.m.

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