Future Impresses All With Genre-Bending Potential
Future is one of the latest flavors to emerge in hip-hop. Born with the name Navyvadius Cash, he grew up in Decatur, Georgia and developed a taste for transparent lyricism. After releasing a series of mixtapes he came out with his debut studio album in 2012 titled “Pluto”. A brave effort, it has Future pulling heavily from the veterans of the genre – T Pain’s robotic style rapping, Lil Wayne’s soulful ballads and Akon’s stadium grandeur. The influences are there no doubt, but Future provided more of an extension to the styles rather them copying them to their core.
It was a stellar debut for the rapper as he collaborated with some of the big names of the industry. Drake featured on the chartbuster “Tony Montana” whereas the remixed version of “Magic” featured T.I. The other popular tracks from the album include “Turn On The Lights” and it went on to clinch 2nd spot on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Another single “Neva End” featured Kelly Rowland and it peaked at number 38 on the Billboard Rap Songs.
Future Takes Training Wheels Off With Second Album, Truly An “Honest” Effort
Released after two years’ gap, “Honest” showed a noticeable growth in the rapper. He was able to handle instruments with greater ease and gone were the Auto-Tune vocals. The training wheels were off. He treated the listeners with a more diverse palette and shifted things to high gear with the intense numbers “My Momma” and “Covered N Money”. He also produced arena staples like “T-Shirt” and “Look Ahead” and many people with Future tickets enjoyed them during his live performances. Laced with self-assurance, “Honest” sees Future finally coming into his own. The lyrics and melodies are sharp, the ballads are presented with convention and he has rejected romantic odes for motivational anthems. The album peaked at number two on the Billboard 200, and topped the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.
Future – 2015’s Rapper of the Year
The arc of the 2015 rap bent in Future’s favor with the release of his third album “Dirty Sprite 2” (DS2). After spending years in Atlanta, churning out incredible mixtapes and featuring on numerous rap songs, Future made an epic return with “DS2”. An influential and recognizable voice in rap, he has not just contributed to successes for Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne but has also paved the way for upcoming artists like Fetty Wap. 2015 was a spectacular year for the star not only because his third album topped the Billboard 200, but also due to his two equally successful mixtapes. He has extended the celebration well into 2016 with the announcement of Purple Reign Tour. Catch the phenomenal rapper live as he brings the house down in your town.