Fresh off the success of their respective solo careers Future (Dirty Sprite 2) and Drake (Meek Mills Career) have joined forces to massage our sonic receptors with their latest book of trap hymns entitled What a Time to be Alive. At first listen, WATTBA sounds like a generic mix of trap music with no point but to cash in on the success of two of hip-hop’s premier performers of the year. It’s the second listen through that convinces you that this mixtape is actually hot fire. *cue the flame emojis*
WATTBA is exactly what you would expect from Future and Drake. There is plenty Freebandz and a little OVO. Continuing the trap vibes from DS2 is a recurring theme in this mixtape. Over half the songs sound like DS2, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. What we have for most of the mixtape is Future rapping in cursive as only Future can do and Drake complimenting him with some clever lines for every song. Tracks like “Digital Dash”, “I’m the Plug”, and “Jumpman” embody this trap spirit, which encompances half of the mixtape. This is the Future Freebandz side of the tape.
The other side of the tape is the Drake OVO side of the tape which brings out the emotions and slower tempoed songs. I believe there are three sides of Drake; the emotional side, the East Coast lyrical side, and the side that does trap features for fun. We get two out of three on this mixtape. Already visited by trap feature Drake on the tape, we get a little dose of emotional Drake. Here we have the slow songs that strippers can still dance to, odes of more money than you, and visits to Drake’s central nervous system and brain to view his thoughts. This is my favorite side of the tape because not only do we get Drake all emotional on the track but we also get the Future from earlier in his career when he sang to the ladies circa: No Matter What. Tracks like Plastic Bag and 30 for 30 Freestyle give us this emotional outlook on rich life.
All in all while not great, WATTBA is definitely worthy of being played at the kickback. or function. Future and Drake have bought themselves 3 more months of 2015 immortality with this tape.
3.75 Head Nods out of 5 (3.75/5)