It’s been just about four years since Drake’s name has been credited alongside Future’s, since the What A Time To Be Alive days to be exact, but the collaborative drought has ended with “Life Is Good,” so pop the champagne and let it bubble. A sharp exposition of Drake and Future’s synergy, the earlier LP yielded the pervasive cuts “Jumpman” and “Big Rings,” and “Life Is Good” appears destined for the same sort of ubiquity.
The hip-hop mavericks’ latest outing rebels against the conventional song format in which rappers fluidly trade verses over the same sustained beat. In contrast to this stylistic standard, “Life is Good” is essentially two singles bundled under its titular umbrella, one supplied by Drake, the other, Future.
Drake handles the opening duties, and with a decisive switch of the beat, passes the verbal baton to Future, whose flow is characteristically voluble. “Life is Good” is accompanied by a music video that sees both artists assume various service roles as 21 Savage, Lil Yachty, and other artists make cameos.
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Earlier this week, Drake and Future started teasing something new. The two previously teamed up for the 2015 collaborative album What A Time To Be Alive and toured together on the back of it. And now they’ve gotten together once again for a new Future song featuring Drake called … More »
Back in 2015, Drake and Future got together to record the collaborative album What A Time To Be Alive — a pretty solid piece of music, even if it was a relatively minor work from both of them. A year after that, Drake and Future toured together. At the time, it … More »
FKA twigs has released her highly anticipated sophomore album, Magdalene, which features a stacked lineup of producers like Skrillex, Nicholas Jaar, Cashmere Cat, Sounwave, Benny Blanco, Noah Goldstein, Jack Antonoff, Kenny Beats, and many other talented sound engineers.
The follow-up to her 2014 LP1 was announced during the summer, with the release of “holy terrain” featuring Future. She revealed the album was a three-year project made during a period of physical and emotional recovery, and it’s about every lover she’s ever had and will continue to have. It’s a fragile piece with a sense of defiance and strength at the same time, partially inspired by Mary Magdalene’s story.
Magdalene is a nine-track work alongside the previously released singles “Cellophane,” “home with you,” “holy terrain,” and “sad day.”
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Ahead of her upcoming LP Magdalene, FKA twigs has dropped off a surprise collaboration with Future titled “Holy Terrain,” with production credits from Skrillex and Bleachers’ Jack Antonoff. The track finds FKA twigs gliding over a minimal, moody hip-hop beat while Future accents twigs’ vocalizing with distant ad libs before delivering his own spacey, auto-tuned bridge verse.
“Holy Terrain” is another portfolio diversifying piece from Skrillex who has spent the summer on a scorching release streak, most recently a floor-primed dance cut with Ty Dolla $ign and Boys Noize. This latest offering is the OWSLA head’s most reserved cut of the summer, effortlessly matching FKA twigs’ chilling vocal performance.
Magdalene is set to be released on October 25. It will be twigs’ first long-player since 2014’s LP1. In addition to Skrillex, Future and Antonoff’s contribution to the record, Nicolas Jaar, Cashmere Cat, and other taste-makers are credited with appearances on the forthcoming album. See the video for “Holy Terrain” below.
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