I wouldn't consider myself a member of the Future hive but I can honestly say I've been a Future and Freebandz supporter for quite a while.
I remember pulling up to my senior prom hearing "Racks" a million times that night. I remember Astronaut Status being the soundtrack of my first semester of college and unknowingly becoming a fan.
But, if anyone would've told me that Future would be the most important figure in today's music and would have three mixtapes buzzing simultaneously with deep anticipation for his DS2 album, I would have laughed at them ending with a "Hell Nah".
Future probably has had one of the best campaigns leading up to his album that we've seen.
I can't remember another artist, since maybe a 2008 mixtape Weezy, that would have the world playing three mixtapes as if they all came out on the same day with an album following up shortly after.
DS2 is no different from what we're used to when it comes to a Future project (I mean that in the most positive way).
One thing that fans have to worry about when their favorite artist drops an album is if they're going to switch up --or "Go Pop" to sell records or to get Grammy nominations. What makes Future special is that he's able to stay himself on every track no matter the feature or producer (i.e Moster, Beastmode and 56 Nights).
I won't spend time talking about the tracks that we already know about on the album like "Trap Niggas," "Real Sisters" and "F*ck Up Some Commas." But there are some definite bangers on here.
The intro, "Thought It Was A Drought" automatically gets you hyped for the rest of the album.
Drake represents the only feature on the album, which would get the average Future fan excited in "Where Ya At." This track is a certified club banger as both Future and Drake share the same flow, boastfully rapping about being the man in their cities over the fast-paced track.
The Sonny Digital produced "Groupies" identifies as a shot to Future's ex-fiancée, Ciara, as an anthem states "Now I'm f*cking my groupies". Future continues to boast throughout the track, giving us an insight on his clout and stardom.
What makes Future great in this album and past projects is his knack --or maybe even an obsession for establishing a perfect sound. Even though he doesn't talk about important topics all the time, we still love it because the beat is dope. How many of you all like "F*ck Up Some Commas" because of its lyrical content?
"Blow A Bag" is probably my favorite song on the album and even was when it dropped a few days before. The track brings out all the works as the beat slaps, with a catchy, anthem-like hook and lyrical content. This is one of the more all-around tracks on the , project where we see all of Future's talents at one time. He also gives us a mini life story as he acknowledges the ones close to him rather dead or alive.
" I know I came from poverty, I got my name for poverty.
I know for sure, for sure if my granddad was livin', I know he'd be proud of me." Verse 1
"I know either way it goes, Sonny gon' be there. I know either way it goes, Bubba gon' be there (Young Metro!)" Verse 2
Future is more personal than he has ever been in this album. He talks about struggles of love, drugs, streets and money.
"Colossal" is a hustler's motivation track, emphasizing a 'started from the bottom' message with a 'we made it' morale. Following up is his slow jam club banger, "Rich $ex," which I'm sure has all the ladies, ambitious power couples and R&B lovers going crazy by this point.
"The Percocet & Stripper" joint is one of those songs that sounds like an old school R&B piece. It feels like two-stepping music merged with a hippy vibe making you understand the title as Future raps:
"I just did a dose of Percocet with some strippers. I just poured this lean in my cup like its liquor."
Future ends the album with "Kno The Meanin." This is more of a theme song to his legendary campaign. He explains the process to where he is now describing the release of his mixtapes while dealing with family, DJ Esco's lock-up and his love life.
"The best thing I ever did was fall out of love"