It's funny looking back in time in movies, books, and comics and seeing what they believed the future would look like. Robots, flying cars, Smart Houses. We've seen it change a bit recently with how we believe our future will be. Self-driving cars, Internet inside of our brain, In-n-Out and Keyes Taco Truck on every street corner in Northern California. Ok maybe that last one is just me, but wouldn't you agree that it would be awesome? I just want to live in a time where I can live in the Future, past, and the present. And for 44 minutes and 28 seconds, you can enter that alternate universe.
July 17, 2015
Alright, hold on a second. Before I even get into this legendary album, I need to say something. I am now barely realizing as I'm looking at the cover right here that his face is in the design. I am so fucking oblivious to half of the world around me, I honestly don't know how my wife deals with it. But this is why I write, to expand my mind and open my mind up to new possibilities, lessons, and hopefully better vision... Yeah, right.
In case you don't know, Future is a global rap/hip-hop artist. He hit the scene with a splash with his 3 mixtape from 2010 which included a huge hit with his debut single "Tony Montana." Then he kinda became a joke around social media in 2012 when he dropped his debut studio album Pluto, with many of the songs being much different that of which we heard from his mixtape. He was talking about love and all the positive things in life that people don't like in their rap music, unless you're ... J Cole ... I guess? And honestly, I didn't want it either. I wanted the Down South Atlanta dirty shit, ya know? Like I wanted that Tony Montana shit. And from Future, we didn't get that until DS2.
After his first two albums lost me, I almost didn't ever even give this album an ear. But I remember thinking to myself like just give it chance. The man has been grinding this long, I'm sure he has worked out his growing pains as a popular artist by now. And sure enough he did. With the album being produced by the young wunderkind of instrumentals Metro Boomin, it was destined to work. Right off the bat, you get that unique Atlanta sound with "Thought it was a Drought" where he speaks on his love for that Dirty Sprite and fucking other people's bitches.
I just fucked yo bitch in some Gucci flip flops
I had just had some bitches and I made em lip lock;
I just took a piss and I seen codeine coming out
We got purple Actavis, I thought it was a drought?
You can see by the straight-forwardness in this hook that he was finding himself again, possibly at the bottom of a styrofoam cup. Now while although I hope the man stays healthy for his family, himself, and his kids, I am so glad that his use of codeine placed him in a musical genius state that can only be achieved by being in an out of body, slow motion, thought provoking experience. We have seen this in many artists over the years, but maybe none more prominent than with Jimi Hendrix.
Now while most of the lyrics on this album aren't going to make you woke, they will still find a way to hit you. With "I Serve the Base" he not only lets you know that he knows how to cook crack-cocaine, but he can also appease to the masses musical taste. He continues to educate the listener by giving them an insight to the drug dealing life, a topic very popular amongst rap fans. Every artist who invites us for a look into their mind and perspective on life not only gives us a chance to learn more about them, but it is a message to others out there who may be going through the same things that artist is going through. Key word being perspective. In "Colossal" he reminds us that we can never listen to they.
I'm hungry, I admit it, I swear I'm conditioned
I served and I hustled on any conditions
Fuck your permission, I'll get to them digits
Come to your town and I get and split it
I am a firm believer that everything in life is about timing and perspective. Lessons we learn and how we move forward from them, create a limitless amount of opportunity for us to grow mentally. This album shows the growth of a man who was living his life how he believes will give him the most happiness. Now, this will not be the case for everyone, but it can be the case for you. We are not here to judge others on how they live their lives or what they choose to do with it. Life is about quality, and not quantity.
This album gives us that quality over quantity as it is still Future's best work to date. He can continue to release music that the masses love, but it will never be as thought provoking as DS2. The ability he showed to be as transparent as he could be is a lesson to all of us. Speak on what you are passionate about, because there may be someone out there who feels the same way, but is too scared to speak up.
This video isn't from this album, but it is March so...
Just a man trying to make the most of his time on this planet.