...And Other Strange Decisions
What A Time To Be Alive, if you did not know, is the cooperative album between Drake and Future. It is similar to how Watch The Throne brought together Kanye and Jay Z, though WATTBA is not as good. Which is not dismiss it since it came together in six days, whereas WTT had more time to come together. WATTBA at most times is heavily leaned to one of the artist’s sides. There are a couple moments when Drake and Future actually blend well. Then at times the decisions made on this album are strange.
“Digital Dash” is much more of a Future song and this comes through in the production, which is handled by Metro Boomin like most of this album, and energy of the song. It almost sounds like a DS2 reject, but it starts off weird and kind of sounds offbeat once the beat comes in. Overall not a great start. “Big Rings” is odd to me and I don’t really like it. Drake sounds really out of his element and the hook suffers because of it. The false ending messes up the transition into “Live From The Gutter,” think “Started From The Bottom” as a Future song, which is one of the better songs. The beat sounds like a mixture of 40 and Metro, which helps Drake since he sounds more at home here than the last two songs. “Diamonds Dancing” seems like to me it should have been the first song, it has my favorite hook and the beat fits both rappers well. The hook is actually like two interconnected hooks, one for Future and one for Drake. It is little long and should have been trimmed down, because Drake’s outro is a little bit too much. “Scholarships” and “Plastic Bag” are more Drake of style than Future and Future sounds uncertain on “Plastic Bag”. Even though he makes stripper songs he does not make Drake style stripper songs. What I mean is Drake is the type to pick up the strippers to hang out and listen to music with them, Future would probably do something as evidenced by “Change Locations”. “I’m The Plug” is more of a Future song, unfortunately he does not knock it out the park like he should. What is strange is that Drake is the one that makes this song good. “Change Locations” is one of the better songs on the album and fits Drake and Future well. The hook is pretty good and they both sound on point for the entirety of the song. “Jumpman” is good, I don’t really have much to say about it. The Mutumbo reference is a little strange since he is an Adidas signee, but it makes sense with the rest of the lines. “Jersey” is a Future song and the hook is good, Future as always sounds good. “30 for 30” is actually a straight Drake record, it is produced by 40 and sounds like it should be on Nothing Was The Same. It seems odd that the last two cuts were both solo songs.
I like this album, it is enjoyable like most of Future and Drake’s work. The album really shines when the two come together and make songs like “Diamonds Dancing” and “Change Locations.” There are some weird choices, “Big Rings” and the beginning of “Digital Dash” comes to mind. When this album comes together it is great, but it doesn’t come together most of the time.
by Addison Garry (@addisonagarry)