What A Time To Be Alive

Drake & Future - What A Time To Be Alive
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
User Score
Based on 237 ratings
2015 Ratings: #436
September 20, 2015 / Release Date
Mixtape / Format
A1, Cash Money / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
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.

80
NME

'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.

80
XXL

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.

80
PopMatters

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.

75
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.

70
HipHopDX

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.

70
Spin

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.

70
Complex

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.

70
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.

70
Pitchfork

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

70
Sputnikmusic

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.

70
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.

60
Billboard

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

60
Clash

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.

60
Exclaim!

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.

43
Entertainment Weekly

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

78
Solid but unspectacular. With the exception of 30 for 30 freestyle this felt very much like a Future tape with Drake features. As to be expected with Metro Boomin executive producing. The production is top notch in general. Diamonds Dancing stands out, with Digital Dash, Jumpman, and 30 for 30 Freestyle all great tracks as well. Big Rings had huge potential with an insane beat and a bumping chorus, but it takes the repetitive chorus that this album is dotted with to a level that gets further ... read more
Inglume
59
Wow this record really loses its grip and impact after a short amount of time. The desire to return to this record is barely existent.
TheRootBoy
67
This duo paid off plenty with each complimenting each others flows, styles, and aesthetics. There are fun, bumping tracks to get behind, but it's simply a brief moment of excitement and after everything over and done with, it loses its quality. Not an album I would ever consider return to.
EntryIncomplete
55
Mindless, forgettable, but not really bad. What A Time's big thing is really solid production, but the serviceable-at-best performances from both Future and Drake left me wanting more. Some good tracks here, but as a full project it gets boring rather quickly.
sumrapsungs
86
Digital Dash | 9
Big Rings | 7
Live From the Gutter | 8
Diamonds Dancing | 9
Scholarships | 8
Plastic Bag | 8
I'm the Plug | 8
Change Locations | 8
Jumpman | 9
Jersey | 7
30 for 30 Freestyle | 7
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#21/Pigeons & Planes
#26/Time Out London
#30/Stashed
#50/Complex
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Track List

  1. Digital Dash
  2. Big Rings
  3. Live From the Gutter
  4. Diamonds Dancing
  5. Scholarships
  6. Plastic Bag
  7. I'm the Plug
  8. Change Locations
  9. Jumpman
  10. Jersey
  11. 30 for 30 Freestyle
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