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Drake confirmed at a concert Friday night that he’s collaborating on a mixtape with the rapper Future, Music Times reports.
The project, titled “What a Time To Be Alive,” will be both artists’ second of the year and will be released Sunday, September 20.
The release has been speculated about for many weeks on social media, but no formal announcement was made until now. Not only did Drake confirm the mixtape, but he also said it would be released before his highly anticipated album, “Views From the 6.”
The “Nothing Was the Same” rapper shared the news at the Midtown Music festival in Atlanta. Drake reportedly ended the song “Back to Back” with the lyrics: “Took a break from Views now it’s back to that, and me and Future got a tape before that.”
On Saturday, Drake confirmed exactly when the tape would release on Instagram. “WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE available at 8pm EST, Sunday on ITunes,” the rapper said:
Anticipation for the album began weeks ago when one of Drake’s running mates, OBO Brien, put this photo on Instagram but quickly deleted it:
Radio DJ Ebro Darden then officially confirmed the tape existed on twitter:
But both artists were quiet from the beginning. They did, however, hint at the collaboration on Instagram, posting pictures of each other hanging out or in the studio:
This year has been a massive year for both rappers. Drake’s first release of the year, “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late,” was not announced and eclipsed the 1 million-copies-sold mark in August. Future’s most recent album, “Dirty Sprite 2,” which was released in July, got rave reviews and had quite a bit of success across the board.
Every major album Drake has released has eventually gone platinum, so one could only imagine the success a joint album with another one of music’s biggest stars could have.