Future releases his hook heavy debut LP, Pluto. With help to spare - check out the Atlanta album launch footage, featuring Big Boi, Young Jeezy, T.I., & Gucci Mane
It would be lazy, bordering on irresponsible, to run with the âfuture of rapâ motif when looking at the hotly anticipated debut LP from Atlantaâs, Future. Â Fact is, the latest in a long line of talented ATL rappers, has a sound thatâs not so much futuristic, as it is transcendent. Â Future has been open about simplifying his lyrics, but these simple hooks are so infectious, you might think the man is a genius for âdumbing things downâ. Cousin, mentor, and Dungeon Family founder, Rico Wade has shaped the Georgianâs style and sound, and the result is something the rapper describes as âmelodic astronaut musicâ. Â This isnât your uncleâs hip hop.
From Goodie Mob to Outkast, The Dungeon Family has been producing new wave hip hop since the early 90s, but this 15 track (12 previously unreleased) album is simultaneously unique and tailor made for club consumption.
Surprisingly, thereâs only one Dungeon Family guest spot, which is reserved for poet Big Rube in the intro. Â The R. Kelly lead âParachuteâ gets the party started with Middle Eastern sounding synths slithering through the tune. Â Kel is at his best in this sure-fire club hit, exclaiming that his âvoice is backâ. Â Future complements him well (make no mistake this is R. Kellyâs track) with playful lines like âyou compliment my mojo, you stroking on my egoâ.Â The next certified banger is the single âMagic (Remix)â, featuring a just-released from prison T.I., followed by the dream-like âTrippinâ which blasts off with Future rapping celestial âwoke up, saw a UFOâ.
Things slow down at the mid-way point of the album with âI didnât wanna lie to you, but it sound more fly to youâ âThe Truth Gonna Hurt Youâ and âNeva Endâ which are ballad-like efforts. With washing percussions and thumping bass âNeva Endâ has an 80s synth feel, âitâs lightning, itâs thundering, itâs frightening, got me wondering.â
The Drake-featured Tony Mon-tan-nuh (âTony Montanaâ) gets the album back in banger-mode. Â Followed by Future going acapella and rhyming without the aid of auto-tune; and this is where the rapper truly shines. Â In one of his more introspective verses, he talks about his ârollercoasterâ career over a Space-Invaders-for-Atari-sounding sample on âPermanent Scarâ.
Expect kids in the club to gobble up the Sonny Digital produced, and criminally catchy âSame Damn Timeâ. Â The ATL talent foregoes auto-tune and his voice is extra throaty as he makes proclamations of his hoodness. Â Weâre even treated to a threatening Snopp Dogg on âHomicideâ, âcatch a plane from ATL, layin low in a cheap motelâ. Â Future goes hard on the triumphant âYou Deserve Itâ to close out the album.
Many take exception with Futureâs use (or overuse) of auto-tune, and while he does come off crisper without the voice modulation, you canât take exception with his ability to craft club classics with sounds ranging from airy to ominous. Â While heâs deposited enough hits on âPlutoâ to carry him into 2037, look for this savvy blunted, boozey, pilled-out rapper to provide a plethora of otherworldly tracks well into his non-linear future.