Drake and Future dropped their highly-anticipated and top-secret mixtape “What A Time To Be Alive” Sept. 20, and the album’s first week has been a wild success. For those who have yet to check out the rappers’ collaboration, you can stream the hit mixtape here, via Apple Music. The mixtape was only available through Apple Music in its first week.
“What A Time To Be Alive” sold 334,000 copies as downloads and had had over 35 million live streams in the U.S., according to Nielsen, the New York Times reported. The mixtape snagged the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart, which tracks the most popular albums each week. The rap duo beat out Lana Del Rey, Mac Miller, David Gilmour and Ryan Adams for the top spot.
The album was the second number one album for Drake and Future. Drake hit No. 1 in February with his album “If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late.” Future reached the top spot two months prior with his album “DS2.”
— The FADER (@thefader) September 26, 2015
The collaboration came as a surprise to fans, with rumors beginning to circulate Sept. 10 when Power 105.1's "The Breakfast Club" host Angela Yee hinted about the project. DJ Skee also later confirmed Yee’s statements, tweeting that something was “still coming.” A mysterious countdown clock popped up on a website on Sept. 17, and Drake broke the news about the mixtape on Instagram Sept. 19, putting the rumors to rest. The album dropped Sept. 20 on Drake’s OVO Sound radio show on the Apple streaming channel “Beats 1.” The tracks reportedly only took a few days to create.
“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,” Drake told Rolling Stone. “It’s tough to see someone do four, five songs in one night and not try to match it.”
Metro Boomin produced seven of the 11 tracks featured on “What A Time To Be Alive.” Boi-1da, Southside, Noel and Noah “40” Shebib also produced additional beats, Rap-Up reported.