Future isn’t too happy about Drake and 21 Savage’s recent joint album — according to N.O.R.E., anyway.
The Drink Champs personality filled in as guest co-host of The Breakfast Club on Thursday (January 26), where he spilled the tea about Hendrix’s supposed bitterness towards the Her Loss duo during the show’s “Rumor Report” segment, which was formerly handled by Angela Yee.
As N.O.R.E. explained, he’s been hearing rumors about Future being upset that Drake dropped a full-length project with 21 Savage as he apparently feels it could overshadow their What a Time to Be Alive collaboration from 2015.
“I heard there’s a big rumor that Future is not too happy with this Drake and 21 Savage album, and it makes Drake and Future’s album not as important, I would say,” N.O.R.E. said. “This is allegedly, this is all rumors, I’ve never heard it from Future’s mouth, never heard it from Drake, never heard it from 21, but it’s an alleged big rumor that’s going on right now.”
N.O.R.E. went on to say that Future’s alleged feelings are understandable considering most top-tier rappers tend not to follow-up collaborative projects.
“We’ve never seen JAY-Z do another Best of Both Worlds,” he said. “We’ve seen Watch the Throne, but that was an equal [pairing]. And even that Jay Electronica [album] was credited as the album, like there’s certain songs that don’t even say ‘featuring JAY-Z.’ So it’s different.”
The “Superthug” rapper also saluted Drake for “spreading” Hip Hop through his prolific collaborations while saying that him dropping a joint project with 21 Savage effectively puts the Slaughter Gang boss on the same “level” as Future.
“We gotta big up Drake because Drake, to me, is learning how important he is to the culture and he’s spreading it,” he continued. “More so when you do a whole album with 21 Savage — and with all due respect to 21 Savage — it’s like, you’re putting 21 Savage on that level now. Even though he probably was on that level, but now, you’re putting him on the level of Future.
“And Future is arguably one of the most influential artists ever. I mean, I look at these kids and all the drugs that they taking, and it’s all for Future. I’m sorry!”
Charlamagne Tha God interjected by saying he doesn’t personally believe Future is “petty” enough to hold a grudge against Drake over such a trivial thing, to which N.O.R.E. replied: “Nah. I mean, we getting too much money to be upset. But it’s a little discrepancy, that’s what I heard.”
Future and Drake’s What a Time To Be Alive LP was released in September 2015 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart after moving 375,000 units in its first week.
Her Loss also topped the Billboard 200, but with a slightly higher opening tally of 411,000 album-equivalent units. It also produced one of the biggest streaming weeks ever, generating around 500 million plays.
However, it’s worth noting that What a Time to Be Alive arrived just a few months after the Billboard charts began counting streaming data towards album sales, and streaming was a significantly more popular method of music consumption in 2022 than it was in 2015.
Commercial performance aside, Her Loss may rank higher than What a Time to Be Alive on Drake’s personal ranking of his albums. During an interview on his SiriusXM radio show Table For One at the time of its release, the 6 God called the project “one of the greatest albums I ever made in my life.”
“[Her Loss] is one of the greatest albums I ever made in my life,” he proclaimed. “I said the other day, I think this is a clear entry into my top five of my catalog — if not, top three.”