What A Time To Be Alive

Drake & Future - What A Time To Be Alive
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
User Score
Based on 656 ratings
2015 Ratings: #369
Liked by 14 people
September 20, 2015 / Release Date
Mixtape / Format
Young Money, Cash Money, Republic, Epic, A1, / Label
Pop Rap, Trap Rap / Genres
Drake, Future / Primary Artists
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Pretty Much Amazing

What a Time reminds us that music is best when it’s enjoyed when in the company of others. It’s a project that demands that the listener live vicariously through it and looks to give hope through music to those willing to listen. Nothing more, nothing less.


'What A Time To Be Alive' often sounds more like a Drake album than the jazzier, busier records that Future usually creates. Yet the Atlanta rapper dominates the record, demonstrating his impressive adaptability.


It’s cutting and honest and self-congratulatory and vindictive. It’s fantastically decadent and brutally real at the same time. It won’t be leaving the playlist any time soon.


Though it’s not sustained over the tape’s eleven tracks, two of which are solo tracks, one for each rapper, the collaborative spirit remains the strongest selling point.

Consequence of Sound

What a Time is the sound of two of our biggest current pop figures using each other’s strengths to bring out their own.


Drake takes his talent as a hook man to another level on What A Time To Be Alive and in putting his elevated skills alongside Future’s, he creates some truly must-listen moments.


These are creative guys bouncing off a group of similar ideas and seeing where the muse takes them. It isn’t always pretty. It isn’t really innovative.


Drake’s disclosure that the project was made in six days is less of an impressive stat than it is an accurate summation of what we have here: two rappers who maxed out on their chemistry and made some cool songs.

The 405

After all the hype has worn off and the music is offered up on a diamond crusted platter, it's an unfortunate reality to note that What A Time To Be Alive doesn't quite hold weight as the cultural force it was expected to be.


What the tape lacks in congruence, it makes up for in glimmering Metro Boomin production.


Reportedly made in just six days, it's rarely, if ever, sloppy, but it never achieves perfection either. It's merely a strong collection of songs made by two unstoppable forces in their primes.

Rolling Stone

This is the sound of Future's Dirty South meeting Drake's Great White North, both artists playing off their louder-than-life personalities without overthinking the details.


What A Time to Be Alive feels more like a Future album featuring Drake.


It's this considerable gulf in style and, it must said, quality between the two which leaves 'What A Time To Be Alive', Drake and Future's first full-length pair-up, disjointed and unfocused.


There's little — outside the three or four cohesive, codeine-fuelled joints surprisingly carried mostly by Future — that reaches the potential of what What a Time to Be Alive could have been.

Entertainment Weekly

There’s very little evidence here that makes the case for either as the game-changing superstar he actually is.

This is better than Watch the Throne ngl
You guys crazy as fuck this shit has always been good, Future dark trap music is literally always a classic
ironic title considering i don't want to be alive whenever i hear this album
The first time Drake took a significant dip in quality, and by significant I mean really, really significant. Drake was by no means one of my favourite rappers but he was someone I saw potential in, this album pretty much shattered that vision. It's boring, bland, filled with some of the most generic rap songs out there and is a record that works as a perfect example of everything that is wrong with both Drake and Future.

Best Track: 30 For 30 Freestyle
Worst Track: Scholarships
[45.27] The collaboration mixtape between Future and Drake is nothing special to me and I would like to hear reasons for why it is important in either of their discogs. Now my friend would say "but what if its good music not ever album has to got be a classic". Its like one of the paradoxes of being a music listener, but here I don't believe that argument stands. This is beyond trying to blow -up as radio rap, this doesn't do much to trap itself is what I'm trying to say. Obv cool ... read more
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Added on: September 19, 2015