FU­TURE

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Pur­ple Reign ★★★

Free­bandz

Fu­ture is on a pro­lific run of late. Last year, the At­lanta rap­per re­leased the DS2 and 56 Nights al­bums and co-au­thored the

What A Time To Be Alive set with Drake, a col­lec­tion which was a lot more Fu­ture than Drizzy in tone and con­tent. On Pur­ple

Reign, he’s rewind­ing to take an­other look at some of the themes that dom­i­nated re­cent al­bums. He re­turns to pick again at the scab of his break-up with singer Ciara on Never For­get and there’s more mus­ing on the dope game on Perkys Call­ing. You get siz­zle on the tracks helmed by Nard & B ( In­side the Mat­tress),

No Charge and Perkys Call­ing (both by South­side), though it’s strik­ing the rest of the al­bum rarely both­ers with brew­ing up a new beats aes­thetic. There will be more to come from Fu­ture in 2016 no doubt so let’s chalk this one down to the rap­per clear­ing his throat.

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