8. True Story
In the span of five tracks, Future's third mixtape blows all of his previous material out of the water, as far as hits are concerned. "Magic," "Ain't No Way Around It" and "Tony Montana" make for a three-song run that came to dominate the radio in Atlanta for months to come, but unfortunately, that's basically True Story's one and only claim to fame. By this point, Future had settled into a comfort zone and left the eclecticism of 1000 and Dirty Sprite behind, favoring booming trap beats and shouted, often nauseatingly repetitive hooks. Waka Flocka Flame's appearance on "Annoying" is no coincidence-- him and Future were occupying the same lane at this point, although representing its opposite poles of violence and melodicism. In contrast to the way Future's recent abandonment of pop aspirations has made for tighter, more focused music, True Story's narrow scope works against it, causing its 17 tracks to drag. The best moments come when the production varies from the standard horns-synths-bells-piano formula, and the worst have mind-numbing repetition to blame (like "One Minute," which also includes a final verse that can only be described as Ice JJ Fish-esque).
Best tracks: "Magic," "Tony Montana," "Smoke & Mirrors"