“When you get around Future, it’s like a vortex,” said Drake of his Atlanta-based collaborator on this fulfilling yet thrilling 11-track mixtape. At first, their imbalanced contributions suggest the Toronto-based rapper has been sucked in. The album atmosphere is reminiscent of Future’s latest work. Thanks to producer Metro Boomin’, the album is filled with trap beats – which we aren’t used to hearing Drizzy rap over. Future’s Auto-Tuned sing-song vocal style seems to bring out the light in Drake. As he offers snarky responses to his recent ghostwriting allegations.
Future has most of the chemistry, when working with the producer behind most of the tracks. Yet both get confessional about their struggles. Drake complains about groupies spending too much time on their phones, while Future explains the feeling when you mix drugs in the club, then wonder why you can’t get your mind right. Both seemed to offer watered down versions of themselves. The brightest moments for both rappers come at the end of “WATTBA” when they are each allowed to work on their own and make music in their respective comfort zones – first Future on “Jersey,” then Drake on the 40-produced “30 for 30 Freestyle”, which showcases some of his best rapping since recent memory. Drake is sounding as dynamic and occupied as 2009’s mixtape. “So Far Gone.” It’s disconnected but fitting end for are working relationship that’s still a work in progress.