After a monumental 2015 which saw him propel to the top of the rap industry, Future has released a new project; just 4 months after his immensely successful joint mixtape with Toronto rapper Drake (What A Time To Be Alive). As well as this mixtape, which flew to the top of America’s billboard chart thanks to its underground and infectious production, Future also had success earlier in 2015 with a solo album called DS2; the album was praised massively for its original style which Future himself has become renowned for.
Ain’t No Time – 8/10
Great introduction to the album. A lively beat with a catchy chorus that highlights his lavish lifestyle and the money he earns. Really sets the tone for the album and could even please a few neutrals who aren’t sure on Future’s very specific style.
In Her Mouth – 6.5/10
With a similar beat to the first song, this song shows his personal struggle with drugs and the police while growing up in the area he did. This is an effective tool on the track and makes you look at the album as a whole differently, thinking that the reason he does all of these drugs now is because he has been forced into it while growing up. Okay track but hardly memorable.
Maybach – 7.5/10
This track is a bit all over the place with sirens, snares, drum beats and backing vocals all coming at once. A sign of humility within the track too by stating “I’m just vibing”, showing he’s a music and fashion guru but doesn’t quite understand how he’s become so big so quickly.
Xanny Family – 7/10
Another snare style beat that works very effectively before it slowly fades and puts the majority of attention on the vocals of Future. Lyrically the track has a message, whether you agree with it or not is a different matter but it can be described as a typical Future message. Women being invited into his “team” so they can have sex with him. His “Xanny Family” is his team that he parties with and does drugs with. It’s a good track with a strong vocal performance but does drag on slightly.
Lil Haiti Baby – 7.5/10
This has a much more aggressive beat and was made as a proof of his credentials. The song was created to brag about how far he’s come and asking where the haters have gone now he is successful. A continuous mentioning of money, drugs and jewellery hardly comes as a surprise in this album but he reiterates that none of those things would be available without his fame. The change of tone into a slightly more aggressive key, showing the passion of his trade is a highlight of this song as Future provides one of the best songs on the album.
Photocopied – 7/10
The electronic beat of this song gives a techno vibe mixed in with Future’s typical flow. His voice however does seem to be utilised as more of a backing vocal with the instrumental at the centre of the track. Vocally, Future adds distortion to his voice that dips in and out throughout the track to highlight when he raps important lyrics. “I’m a savage type” is something he mentions to highlight his life and treatment of women. This won’t go down well with many people but Future fans will appreciate it.
Seven Rings – 7/10
Future epitomised in a track. He’s looking out for his team and ensuring they share the success with him, an admirable feat of remembering where you started. He seems very thankful for the support he has been given and now that they are reaping the rewards he seems very happy and at peace. The mentioning of drugs, women and money will never disappear though.
Lie To Me – 8/10
A wonderfully chilled out beat, something you would expect to hear from Chance The Rapper just with a very auto tuned vocal. The name dropping isn’t as obvious here but there is a definite hint towards having Drake on his side and warns people to start a rivalry with him. “I got to live with this crown on my head” shows that there’s a vulnerability about him and he is struggling to cope with his monumental rise to fame. This is a great track and something we don’t usually see from Future but it will be a pleasant surprise for most listening.
Program – 6.5/10
Every line ends with “The Program” which is a link to his rise to the top. He wants everyone to be aware of the success he carries and he does this through name-dropping, most notably of President Barack Obama and how the two met. It was a signal of intent from Future, suggesting that he must be a big deal if the biggest man in America is inviting him to meet. By st
Low Life (feat. The Weeknd) – 9/10
The best song on the album by an absolute mile. The feature and impact of The Weeknd is recognised even before his vocal can be heard. The beat takes a turn from the whole project as a more mellow instrumental begins rather than the typical pulsating style Future usually possesses. A major element of The Weeknd’s success throughout his career has been his unbelievable vocal range but in this particular track we witness a stripped back version of what we usually expect from Abel. This doesn’t shy away from the fact that his lyrics are still touching and meaningful, providing an insight into how he lives his life. As for Future, his lavish lifestyle is something he deems worthy of mention; describing his life as one big party which involves turning hotels into “trap houses” as he puts it. Despite all of these party oriented lyrics, there are also underlying tones that Future may perhaps be looking for a girl to be his wife but the temptation of “broads” is too strong for him to ignore. The contrast of voices on this track work very effectively as the crispness of The Weeknd provides a balance for the distorted and fast paced vocal of Future, making this song an absolute hit.
Fly Shit Only – 7.5/10
An emotionally fueled instrumental mixed with a heavy drum snare beat which creates a great sound for a strong ending to the album. As the title of the track suggests, Future is proud of his lifestyle and has reached a point where only the best will do. The title of the track is repeated throughout the chorus while the verses imply he is hunting for women to do drugs and have sex with him along with relishing in his fame. The emotion in the smooth beat however provides an opportunity to dig deeper and find a darker undertone to the song, that perhaps the flash cars and the women are just a cover up for Future’s true feelings which he can’t even seem to release through his lyrics.
The album as a whole has a great flow from track to track as it appears that Future has handpicked the position of each song carefully and precisely. The album begins at an incredible pace of instrumental and flow but eventually slows down and provides a darker message that deep down the lifestyle of Future isn’t exactly what he wants, and this works wonderfully throughout the album. It’s not on par with DS2 which was one of the best albums of 2015 but it certainly doesn’t put Future to shame. Basically, if you’re a fan of Future, this album will go down well and provide enjoyment; if you are not a fan then you’ll not enjoy it.