In the fickle world of commercial rap music, I am light years “late” on Future. He took the game by storm last year with his unorthodox anthem “Tony Montana” that drew in Drake for a remix (reportedly, Lil’ Wayne wanted on the banger too, but Future didn’t want to crowd himself out of his own hit). Now he’s getting calls from Rick Ross and TI for appearances.
I was introduced to the sublime genius of Future through Danny Brown. After tweeting that everyone should start their day to “Championship Music,” the song we’re posting, I knew it would be something interesting at least — Danny might not be your kinda guy but he’s anything but boring.
I found a highly commercial “trap” sound that I was very comfortable with immediately. Future’s own vocal tone and delivery reminded me slightly of Danny himself, primarily the unorthodox inflection and delivery. I found True Story and Dirty Sprite and I started noticing the way he dances around the meter, straying far from a rhyme scheme to the point where it almost sounds like he’s speaking (weirdly). But it works.
The homie @yayodancing from No Jumper did a great post summarizing some of the best Future songs to date and crystalizing his appeal. I’ll leave you with an excerpt:
“While Future may not be the technical rapper that a Meek Mill or Danny Brown is, the man formerly known as Meathead should not have his diversity, or artistic expression be questioned. He is a strong rapper, showing glimpses of his Dungeon Family upbringing in spots, but he chooses to veil most of his introspective lyrics beneath a shield of confidence, materalism and addiction. Though it’s entirely questionable how long Future can keep going at this rate without burning out, I’m just glad to be here for the ride while he’s here. I know I’ll still be listening to True Story ten years from now.”