In a mere two-week span, Atlanta rapper Future released two consecutive albums, both of which put him at No. 1 on the Top 200 Album’s chart on Billboard. Future’s No. 1 listings made history, as he was the first artist to ever debut at No. 1 in consecutive weeks.
The first album, Future, released on Feb. 17, is a 17-track album that starts off strong with tracks such as “Rent Money,” “Good Dope” and “Draco.” The song “Rent Money” in particular sets the mood of the album, as a compilation of songs with hard-hitting beats and tracks meant to rile and energize the listener. In one of the most popular songs on the self-titled album, “Zoom,” Future targets the recently successful artist Desiigner by making fun of the rapper’s style, which Future claims is a mirror of his own. Around the 3-minute mark of the song is when the comedy sketch aimed at Desiigner begins “Draco,” the song following “Zoom,” also gained much popularity and was even given its own music video.
The fifth track, however, is where the album truly begins to get interesting. “Super Trapper” features a recurring beat in the background that simulates a muffled vibraphone sound and the whole song overall emulates a cloud rapping style, with its dreamlike beats. The sound delivered by “Super Trapper” shows Future’s versatility in his styles, running parallel with what the sound talks about—Future’s status and influence in the music industry right now.
In an interview with Hypebeast, Future mentioned his favorite songs on both albums, one from his self-titled album being “Mask Off.” Upon listening to the track, the listener can understand why Future is fond of it. The song also gives a cloud rapping feel, like “Super Trapper,” but it is the story that the track tells that most likely explains Future’s fondness of it. The track seems to be partially autobiographical of Future’s past, where he came from a life of “trapping”—selling drugs and depending on illegal activities to support himself—to being one of the most successful rappers in the music industry.
The rest of Future’s self-titled album coexists well with the initial songs, ending on the track “Feds Did a Sweep,” another song that Future cited as being one of his favorites off the album. The second album Future released, HNDRXX, was put out on Feb. 24, only a week after his self-titled album’s release. The album’s title is a play on one of Future’s nicknames, Future Hendrix.
Unlike Future, the second album is much closer to the cloud rapping spectrum, featuring a mellower sound. Like Future, HNDRXX has 17 tracks, two of which feature The Weeknd and Rihanna. “My Collection,” the first track on the album, sets the mellow mood of thealbum; it reflects Future’s past relationships. The second song on the album, “Comin Out Strong,” is where the album starts shining. Just like the title of the song suggests, the track featuring The Weeknd talks about both artists’ successes despite the people that doubted them. The song’s verses have a recurring taunt aimed at the people that doubt or look down on them, as both artists ask, “Do you know who I am?"
The next “banger” on the album is without a doubt “Incredible.” The song gives off an impression of a track that may be commonly played over the radio; the type of song people who have not listened to the entirety of HNDRXX would probably recognize. Future mentioned his favorite tracks off HNDRXX to be “Comin Out Strong,” “Selfish,” “New Illuminati” and “Solo.” The 13th track on the album, “New Illuminati,” is another mellow track also focused on bringing forward the idea of not paying attention to what goes on outside us, instead focusing on oneself.
The third to last track on the album—the one that features Rihanna—can be regarded as one of the best songs on the album, if not the best. “Selfish” has Rihanna and Future singing at contrast, while also singing in unison at some parts of the song. Lyrically, “Selfish” has both the artists talking about coming out of broken relationships full of lies and “wrong turns.” Like the title references, the song also has the artists talking about being selfish to avoid being alone.
The last song off HNDRXX ends the album perfectly. “Sorry” keeps with the mellow vibe throughout the album. The song is a heartfelt apology to one of Future’s past relationships, talking about how the lifestyle of being a successful rapper affected the relationship Future had. Both albums by Future garnered wide success because of the diversity that they present. On one hand, Future offers many upbeat tracks and features a more outgoing theme.
By contrast, HNDRXX is a more introspective album that has Future baring himself to his listeners. When paired together, both albums give great insights into Future’s life and make for a great listening experience. There is no doubt why both albums debuted at No. 1 on the Top 200 charts.
Anyone who has yet to give time to Future’s latest releases should do so, to pay homage to Future’s talent and as well as to enjoy the Atlanta rapper’s fifth and sixth studio albums.