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

It Is created mostly by sure Future associate Metro Boomin and is thick with the confidently aggressive oozed trap aesthetic that Future’s been cultivating for the past year.

Future deals with personal demons he tries, and fails, to drown in drugs; Drake is mainly about insecurities and feels of lesser gravity.

To Future, women and luxury items are a trap which he can’t seem to get out of; to Drake they’re a well-deserved aim he is always chasing.

Future is full of such pathos that he almost reads as a subliminal risk to his co-star: “I run with kidnappers/I am speaking’ about kidnappers/ I’m referring to murderin’ niggas/I’m talking’ about carjackers/ You merely a battle rapper/ I’m an official trapper.

” On “Live From the Gutter” Future is a tour guide expressing survivor’s remorse, while Drake is a tourist, picking up girls to take home and basically encouraging Chris Brown to jump in his Instagram opinions by referencing his ex, Karrueche Tran, having a head-scraping chopsticks reference.

” The hook, delivered by Future, is forlorn, speaking to the emptiness of such a lifestyle.

Future’s “Jersey” feels like a leftover from his excellent DS2; Drake’s Noah “40” Shebib-created “30 for 30” is in the genealogy of his conversational, sneak-dis packed State of the Union-like freestyles.