It does not feel like “Life Is Good.” In fact, life feels terrible. There is a palpable sense of anxiety filling in the air as the threat of another war looms, and Timothée Chalamet’s new mustache is a wispy atrocity. Future and Drake are above such petty grievances and concerns. Their latest collaboration — “Life Is Good” — positions them narratively and visually as allies of the working class, and as such they maintain their position above the fray.
In the Director X-directed visual, the What A Time To Be Alive duo dress in garbage men garb, hawk cellphones, tinker with cars at an autobody shop, and have more fun working at a minimum wage fast food restaurant than anyone ever has in the history of American capitalism. Even the first words of “Life Is Good” double down on this notion: Drake complains about having to work on the weekends (I’m not sure, if I were Drake, I would ever know what day of the week it was). Across the 4-minute song, the lines dabble between what will be intensely relatable to some (“Haven’t done my taxes, I’m too turnt up”) t0 ready-made Olive-Garden-dinner-date captions for others (“I go tremendo for new fettuccini”). By the time Drake raps, “Wine by the glass, your man a cheapskate, huh” it’s hard to tell whether he is poking fun at the mediocre masses or partially reminiscing about the times when he was known for fucking up the double cheek kiss.
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