Fans have experienced their undeniable chemistry on songs such as “DnF,” “Where Ya At,” and Future’s breakout hit “Tony Montana.”
In just six days they created the highly anticipated WATTBA and gave fans 11 tracks of pure magic between the two released exclusively on iTunes.
“Big Rings” is an ode to Drake and Future’s teams and how they are all thankful to be alive despite the hardships they have faced. For their loyalty, their teams deserve some nice things like “big rings.” For their loyalty, their teams are rewarded with luxuries such as expensive jewelry and trips.
Drake and Future take a break from the braggadocios direction of the mixtape to detail their different rags to riches stories on “Live from the Gutter.” On the Boi-1da and Metro Boomin produced track, Future talks about how he had nothing growing up in the streets of Atlanta and now lives the life he always dreamed of. Drake raps about how he started from the bottom and now all the girls want him.
Drake and Future have so much money and so many diamonds that if feels like the diamonds are dancing on them on the track “Diamonds Dancing.”
On the track “Scholarships,” Drake and Future are both balling out of control and make several references to how college basketball coaches offer players they deem the best scholarships during the recruiting process. A scholarship offer acknowledges and validates the talent these players have and that’s what Drake and Future desire as rappers. They live for compliments and acknowledgment of their successes.
A Drake release wouldn’t be complete without an ode to his beloved strippers. On the song “Plastic Bag,” Drake and Future detail their nights in the strip club throwing ones at all the pretty girls who work hard for their cash. The plastic bag symbols how the strippers collect their money at the end of their set in plastic bags.
And on the other hand, a Future project wouldn’t be complete without an entire song dedicated to drugs. Future lets listeners know that he’s really the plug on the track “I’m the Plug.” A “plug” is a drug dealer who is equipped with both cash and drugs at all times.
Future and Drake find themselves back in the club and they buy out the bar. They bought all the bottles so they had to “Change Locations” to get more. They have money to blow, and they plan to spend it while club hopping.
“Jumpman” refers to the famous symbol located on Michael Jordan’s popular shoes and clothes. Michael Jordan is hailed as the best basketball player and Drake and Future are referring to themselves in the same way in the rap game.
“Jersey” is the sole song on the mixtape that only features Future. He raps about his love for spending money and how his desire for more money led him to the drug game. Now he has so much money that he can do what he wants and his team is on the same page like they’re all wearing the same jerseys.
In true Drake fashion, he brings along his producer Noah “40” Shebib for his sole Drake-only track on the mixtape “30 for 30 Freestyle.” Drake addresses those who have tried to end his career and congratulates them on a solid effort. He asks 40 if he got the message. 40 took to Twitter to respond, “I didn’t get it…” Apparently, neither did Drake because he’s still on top of the game and has no plans to stop now. He has bigger fish to fry. In fact, he finally addresses an incident that took place after the official OVO fest after-party he was scheduled to host in August where a man and woman were killed. He also speaks on the youth’s disregard for human life.
Drake knew from the beginning that he would run the game and he set his plan in motion. He’s now watching that plan play out and he loves every minute of it.
WATTBA offers a mix of Future’s trap music and Drake’s subtly which creates a perfect blend of the artists differing styles. While they mesh together perfectly, the mixtape is lacking substance. After several braggadocios songs about the amount of money they have and love to blow and Future’s love for lean, the mixtape becomes slightly mundane. While there isn’t necessarily anything new or refreshing about the content, there’s no denying that these two know how to produce magic together and get the crown jumping.
Recommended Tracks: “30 for 30 Freestyle,” “Live from the Gutter,” “Digital Dash,” “Scholarship”