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Drake, Future Confirm Joint LP 'What a Time to Be Alive'

The rumors are true: Drake and Future will release their collaborative mixtape What a Time to Be Alive exclusively through iTunes and Apple Music on Sunday. Drake will first premiere the joint album on his OVO Sound radio show on Beats 1 at 6 p.m. EST. What a Time to Be Alive comes just two months after Future dropped his new LP DS2, which features Drake on its hit single “Where Ya At?”

On Saturday, Drake confirmed that he and Future would partner up for a new album by posting What a Time to Be Alive‘s artwork on Instagram as well as a photo mashing up Drake’s OVO Sound logo with Future’s Freebandz emblem. The Instagram posts culminated a week’s worth of chatter about an album-length collaboration between the two rappers after New York hip-hop station Power 105’s The Breakfast Club first aired rumors about a joint LP. Drake then teased during his Music Midtown Festival performance in Atlanta on Friday, “Sunday will be madness,” Rap-Up reports.

 

A photo posted by champagnepapi (@champagnepapi) on Sep 19, 2015 at 9:17am PDT

Future also shared a snippet from What A Time To Be Alive, posting a video of the two rappers in the studio:

 

#WATTBA 6pm est @champagnepapi

A video posted by Future Hendrix (@future) on Sep 19, 2015 at 10:25am PDT

Drake and Future hit the road together earlier this year as part of the Canadian rapper’s Jungle Tour this past spring. That tour and “Where Ya At?” squashed any previous rift between the two rappers resulting from Drake’s Would You Like a Tour? jaunt in 2013. At that time, Future criticized Drake’s then-new LP Nothing Was the Same, resulting in him getting kicked off just days before the trek launched. Future then demanded $1.5 million in lost wages before the two rappers reconciled and the tour resumed as scheduled.

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Arcade Fire's Win Butler Calls Major Labels 'Completely Clueless'

Arcade Fire‘s Win Butler was among the initial signers of Tidal’s “declaration” at a superstar launch party in March, and in a new interview, the singer talked about the criticism facing Jay Z‘s streaming service. Speaking to The Independent, Butler also blamed the major labels for many of the struggles facing Tidal six months after its launch, calling them “completely clueless” for their continued hamstringing of the streaming industry.

Following Tidal’s all-star launch party, many artists who didn’t have a stake in the high-quality streaming service, like Mumford & Sons’ Marcus Mumford and Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard, criticized the tone-deaf celebration. In retrospect, Butler agreed that the “declaration”-signing event wasn’t the best introduction to the service.

“None of the artists knew anything about the PR,” Butler said. “It was a poorly managed launch, but conceptually the thing that we liked about Tidal was that it’s HD streaming quality.” Tidal’s major selling point, in addition to exclusive content from artists like Jack White, Lil Wayne, Prince and Beyoncé, is the high quality files it streams. However, with that perk comes a price tag double that of its closest competitors, Spotify and Apple Music.

“We wouldn’t have joined it anyway, even if they had asked. We don’t want to be tribal,” Mumford said in April. “A band of our size shouldn’t be complaining. And when they say it’s artist-owned, it’s owned by those rich, wealthy artists. Gibbard noted, “I think they totally blew it by bringing out a bunch of millionaires and billionaires and propping them up onstage and then having them all complain about not being paid.”

However, Butler – whose band is signed to indie label Merge – defended aligning Arcade Fire with Tidal. “It seems silly, for fear of being embarrassed, to not at least sit at the table with Jay Z, Kanye and Daft Punk and talk about art and music and how it’s going to be distributed,” he said.

While Jay Z blamed his streaming competitors for the negative buzz following Tidal’s launch. Butler placed the blame solely on the major labels. “They dictated that Tidal has to cost $20,” Butler said. “The major label music industry has completely ruined every aspect of their business. At every step of the way they’ve had the tools offered to them to create an industry that works, and they’ve completely blown it. That’s why we never had any interest in signing a contract with one of these companies because they’re clearly completely clueless.”

In April, Jay Z addressed the Tidal criticisms in a series of tweets. “The iTunes Store wasn’t built in a day. It took Spotify 9 years to be successful,” the rapper wrote. “We are here for the long haul. Please give us a chance to grow & get better.”

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Dot & Logic Announce New Album, Foresting

Dot & Logic Are Releasing Their Second LP, Foresting, On November 17th.

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The Official K.P "Representing The West Coast At It's Finest"!

K.P Is An Ambassador Of The West Coast Rap Game!

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Halloween Costume Ball

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Moonshine Bandits Announce Headlining Tour With Angels Cut & Pruno

Central California Outlaws The Moonshine Bandits Are About To Get Back Out On The Road And Raising Some Hell On Their Headlining Tour With Angels Cut And California Rapper Pruno

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Lee Ritenour Records "A Twist Of Rit" At United Recording

Grammy-winning Guitarist Lee Ritenour Has Released His New Album, “A Twist Of Rit”, Commemorating 40 Years Since His Debut Recording, “First Course”, On Epic Records.

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Sample Tools By Cr2 Releases Melbourne Bounce 2

Sample Tools By Cr2 Are Extremely Proud To Present To You Our Brand New Production Toolkit – Melbourne Bounce 2.

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