The joint collaboration of Drake and Future on What a Time to Be Alive is turning out to be a huge success. It is expected the rapper’s new mix tape will debut at No. 1 when the October 10-dated Billboard 200 chart is revealed on Billboard’s website on September 27.
As reported by Billboard, music analysts are predicting 425,000 album sales by the week ending September 24. This is a close second to Drake’s previous album If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late released on February 12, which sold 495,000 units the week ending February 15. It was the first album in 2015 to reach the million sales mark.
Other than What a Time to Be Alive, Future has found success on his own this year. In July, he released Dirty Sprite 2, which was his first No. 1 album. Earlier this month, the high-profile rapper said he will be releasing yet another album before year’s end.
Business Insider reports that not only was the mixtape a complete surprise to most people, it wasn’t really supposed to happen. Just before the album was released, Drake shared how it all came together.
“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.”
He went on saying, “It’s tough to see someone do four, five songs in one night and not try to match it.”
It shouldn’t be a shock the album has been already super successful. Drake and Future have joined forces before creating a number of other club moving collaborations, giving you the sense they are one cohesive unit.
The hip-hop juggernauts have obviously gotten over their past feud. In a 2013 interview with Billboard, Future said Drake’s album Nothing Was The Same was “an album that is full of hits, but it doesn’t grab you.” After which Drake insisted Future be removed from the current tour. In retaliation, Future sued for $1.5 million in lost wages.
Within just a few short days, Drake and Future were able to record 11 tracks for What a Time to Be Alive. The complete track list was released in an earlier Inquisitr report. Other artists such as Lil Wayne, Fetty Wap, Rick Ross, and ASAP Rocky are featured on the album as well.
In a last minute deal between Cash Money and Epic Records, Drake and Future’s What a Time to Be Alive is currently only available through Apple Music and the iTunes Store. However, expect the mixtape to hit other music venues sometime next week.
Also, be on the lookout for Drake’s next album Views From the 6 expected to be released later this year.
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