Album of the Week: Future 'DS2'
Mon, 20 Jul 2015 11:36:45
Atlanta's king turns up the most revolutionary hip-hop album of 2015.
Future takes Album of the Week with DS2 [Freebandz/Epic]. The Atlanta trailblazer breaks ground yet again with 13 woozy, wild, and wonderful tracks [18 on the Deluxe Edition]—which he announced without warning earlier this month. Rightfully so, it's on track to debut at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 as he formally puts the entire game in a chokehold. Last year's Honest stood out as one of 2014's best, however, DS2 elevates Future to the forefront, where he belongs. There's only one guest appearance here, and it's Drake's phenomenal turn on "Where Ya At." The real heads know what's up. Whether it's last year's viciously catchy Monster mixtape, which first gave us "F*ck Up Some Commas" or 2011's revered Dirty Sprite, Future has delivered something unique every time he stepped up to the plate. The mainstream's fallen in love on countless guest spots as he's become one of the industry's most sought after features. However, his vision on DS2 eclipses all of that.
The album begins with the ominous intro of "Thought It Was a Drought," which builds from dark instrumentation into some unshakable rhymes and the homerun hook, "I just f***ed your b**** in some Gucci flip flops." The buzzing industrial grind of "I Serve the Base" breaks from the intoxicating bars into an irresistible refrain. "Where Ya At" feels like a massive hit on its own, while the Drake cameo augments that power. A stand out, "Groupies," showcases his ability to "make mother***ing hits."
Watch the Music Video for "F*ck Up Some Commas" from Future:
The single "Blow a Bag" has that kind of robust, raucous prowess that fuels "F*ck Up Some Commas," and it's perfect for the club. At the same time, if you listened to it cranked on headphones you can hear the dynamic depth and diversity that "Future Hendrix" specializes in. His attention to detail is just as impressive as the ability to drop a hook.
Watch the Music Video for "Blow a Bag" from Future: