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It is often said that an ending is a start to a new beginning. For the last decade, Future has proven his undeniable influence in the music industry. Shortly after the eighth anniversary of his iconic mixtape Dirty Sprite, the Atlanta rapper releases his highly anticipated seventh studio album Future Hndrxx Presents: The Wizrd. As this album finalizes Future’s deal with Epic Records, does it snag the title of his best work to date? Let me explain.
The 20-track LP, which is the follow-up to Future’s 2017 Hndrxx, includes guest appearances from Young Thug, Gunna, and Travis Scott. Kicking off the album right with an ATL Jacob-produced track, Future doesn’t hold back on the woozy beat. “Love is just a word, it don’t matter to me/I got so rich, nothing matters to me/I’m livin’ my second life, it’s so amazin/… You should’ve never gave up on me without hearing my side of the story,” he spits.
It comes as no surprise that the album is fully loaded and unfolds for an hour to be exact. Although the project is lengthy, Future utilizes impressive beat changes and samples to his favor. This was proven on the Tay Keith-assisted track “Temptation,” which ends with a sample of Future’s 2013 hit “Honest.” The use of that sample feels like a full circle moment and depicts the growth that Future referenced in his recent interview with Genius.
“It’s just me bridging the gap between when I first came out to where I’m at right now,” Future said to Genius. “If you was following me from the beginning to now, you’ll be able to see the growth, you’ll be able to hear the growth. You’ll be able to distinguish the sounds.”
Moving down the tracklist, The Wizrd stands out due to the vulnerability in the lyrics. The Freebandz artist, who quit lean in December of 2017, ultimately wants to show a different side of himself to his fans. On the ending track “Tricks On Me,” which is produced by Nineteen85, Future touches on some of the troubles he’s facing including lawsuits. “Just got a call from my mom/Tellin’ me what the lawyer was sayin’/About the lawsuit/I thought they had had that down, yeah,” he says.
“I’m tied with Taylor Swift right now, like who am I competing with?” — Future
Is this Future’s best work to date? That’s debatable. Future has found a way to evolve his sound from his 2011 Dirty Sprite days. Regardless of his different personas (Super Future, Pluto, Hndrxx, The WIZRD), he is bridging the gap and telling a story that the Future Hive so desperately wants to hear. Whatever chapter Future takes on next, we can be sure it will be “the most negative inspirational music ever,” as Andre 3000 said it best.
Standout Tracks: “Promise U That,” “Overdose,” “Temptation,” “Rocket Ship,” “Never Stop,” and “Unicorn Purp”