Sticking with formula, Future reasserts himself on self-titled album

It's 2017, and once again, it's Future season.

Last Wednesday, Future came out with the self-titled album Future, his first of two that he plans to release during the month of February, with the second, HNDRXX, being released on Friday (02/24).

What's there to say about this album? Did Future reinvent himself ala Kendrick or Kanye, realizing he's reached a creative plateau where most of his music sounds eerily similar, and decide to completely change his approach to songwriting? Nope!

That's the bad news. Good news: the album still bangs!

In the words of (now former) worst president of all time George W. Bush, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." It seems that the message got through to Future loud and clear, as many of the songs are still distinctly Future songs, if that makes any sense.

The real stars of most Future albums, I've found, tend to not even be the man himself. For me, the case is that I usually end up really digging the production, and later on do I start to really vibe with Future's flow. His self-titled album is no exception, as we've got the rap game's current trifect Southside, Metro Boomin, and Zaytoven making at least one appearance on the production credits. That's not to say I think Future is a bad rapper, but you're lying to yourself if you think he hasn't been boosted by luckily working with almost every hot producer in the game today. That includes not just the aforementioned Metro Boomin and Zaytoven, but also DJ Esco, 808Mafia, and even 40, Drake's right hand man, who it can be said, is the genius behind the curtain of Drizzy's success.

Now, for my personal favorite songs:

I'm vibing with "Zoom" heavily, I think his flow on that is definitely different from what I've heard from him before, enough to get me excited. The woodwind sounds in the production behind "Mask Off" just kill me, I'm reminded of the first few Wu-Tang albums where RZA would sample old kung-fu movies, making the whole track sound like accompaniment to a swordfight, and that's definitely the feeling here. And of course, the one-two punch of a gothic-sounding choir and Future's breakneck flow on the opening song "Rent Money," ("I'm on my Usain Bolt sh*t, I ran up on your sack") get you immediately hype for the rest of the album.

Fun fact: the song "Might as Well" actually features a sample from "Owl," a song by Arcade Fire. Yes, that Arcade Fire. I wasn't lying when I said Future Hendrix worked with the best of the best!

Listen to the album Future by Future, out now on iTunes.