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Future
Future cover.jpg
Studio album by Future
Released February 17, 2017 (2017-02-17)
Recorded 2016
Studio
  • Chalice (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 11th Street (Atlanta, GA)
  • Triangle Sounds Studio (Atlanta, GA)
  • Jungle City (New York City, NY)
Genre
Length 62:47
Label
Producer
Future chronology
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Singles from Future
  1. "Draco"
    Released: February 21, 2017
  2. "Mask Off"
    Released: April 18, 2017
  3. "Extra Luv"
    Released: June 30, 2017

Future (stylized on digital releases as FUTURE) is the eponymous fifth studio album by American rapper Future. It was released on February 17, 2017, by A1 Recordings, Freebandz and Epic Records.[1][2] The album features production by Metro Boomin, Zaytoven, DJ Khaled, The Beat Bully, Southside, alongside production from other members of 808 Mafia such as DY, Fuse, Tarentino and Tre Pounds. The album was supported by three singles: "Draco", "Mask Off" and "Extra Luv".

Background

The eponymously titled album was announced through social media on February 14, 2017. Future then followed up by posting on social media moments after.[3]

Singles

"Draco" was released as the first single from the album on February 21, 2017.[4] The song debuted and peaked at number 46 on the Billboard Hot 100.[5]

"Mask Off" was released as the second single on April 18, 2017.[6] The song peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100.[5]

"Extra Luv" was released as the third single on June 30, 2017 after being included as a streaming bonus track on the deluxe edition of the album. The single features a guest appearance from rapper YG.

The song "Used to This" featuring Drake, which was previously released as a single on November 4, 2016, was also included on the deluxe edition.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
AnyDecentMusic? 6.2/10[7]
Metacritic 67/100[8]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[9]
Consequence of Sound C[10]
Exclaim! 8/10[11]
HipHopDX 3.8/5[12]
The Observer 3/5 stars[13]
Pretty Much Amazing C+[14]
Pitchfork 7.3/10[15]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[16]
Spin (favorable)[17]
XXL 4/5 (XL)[18]

Future received positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 67, based on 15 reviews.[8] Riley Wallace of Exclaim! wrote, "With exciting production that features his usual cast of ATL tastemakers who are (in some cases) paired with surprising co-producers like Jake One and !llmind, Future has crafted an opus full of bangers. So, while he doesn't break much new creative ground, there's a lot to love about Future."[11] Colin Groundwater for Pretty Much Amazing stated that "Future is too persistent. In striving for consistency, he sacrifices discretion and intention. One wishes he would take a break—God knows he's earned it. Some time might allow for a stronger sense of intention."[14]

Writing for The Observer, Alex Macpherson concluded, "...[and] as a body of work, this album is neither an elevation over nor an advancement of his stream of recent material. At this point, merely shoring up his personal brand with scattered highlights means that Future is stuck in a holding pattern."[13] Chase McMullen, an author for The 405, said, "In a genre that's hard on longevity, and an era with an even shorter attention span, Future has refused to lose, time and again. He certainly doesn't end here. Yet, after a year of baited breathing, we seem to have arrived at an in-between. There's still plenty of fun to be had in the waiting room, but let's hope he has more in store for the next appointment."[19] Sheldon Pearce of Pitchfork, noted the album for being "...an ambitious Future exhibition" with "a pretty interesting array of textures, sonically."[15]

Commercial performance

Future debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with 140,000 album-equivalent units, of which 60,000 were pure album sales.[20] It is Future's fourth number-one album following DS2, What a Time to Be Alive with Drake, and Evol.[20] As of September 27, 2017, the album has moved 902,000 album-equivalent units.[21] On July 14, 2017, the album was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for combined sales album-equivalent units of over a million units in the United States.

Track listing

Credits adapted from The Fader[22] and Tidal.[23]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Rent Money"
4:25
2. "Good Dope"
Southside 2:52
3. "Zoom"
4:38
4. "Draco"
DJ Spinz 3:45
5. "Super Trapper"
  • Southside
  • DY
3:50
6. "POA"
  • Wilburn
  • Luellen
Southside 4:08
7. "Mask Off"
Metro Boomin 3:23
8. "High Demand"
3:31
9. "Outta Time"
2:48
10. "Scrape"
  • Wilburn
  • Wayne
Metro Boomin 3:37
11. "I'm So Groovy"
4:21
12. "Might as Well" Tarentino 3:27
13. "Poppin' Tags"
  • Wilburn
  • Luellen
Southside 3:38
14. "Massage in My Room"
  • Wilburn
  • Luellen
  • Avery
  • Southside
  • DY
2:35
15. "Flip"
  • Wilburn
  • Luellen
  • Hill
  • Southside
  • DJ Spinz
4:14
16. "When I Was Broke"
Zaytoven 3:05
17. "Feds Did a Sweep"
  • Wilburn
  • Dotson
Zaytoven 4:30
Total length: 62:47
Streaming version[24]
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
18. "Used to This" (featuring Drake)
Zaytoven 3:00
19. "Mask Off (Remix)" (featuring Kendrick Lamar)
Metro Boomin 4:18
20. "Extra Luv" (featuring YG)
4:06
Total length: 74:00

Notes

Sample credits

Personnel

Credits adapted from The Fader[22] and Tidal.[23]

Technical

  • Joshua Sellers – recording (tracks 1, 2)
  • Noah Shebib – recording (track 18)
  • Noel Cadastre – recording (track 18)
  • Eric Manco – mixing (tracks 1–12, 14–16, 17, 19), recording (tracks 5, 13–15)
  • DJ Esco – mixing (tracks 1–12, 14–17, 19)
  • Seth Firkins – mixing (tracks 1–19), recording (tracks 2–4, 6–12, 15–18, 19)
  • Jaycen Joshua – mixing (track 20)
  • Mike Synphony – mixing assistance (tracks 1–12, 14–17, 19)
  • Phillip "Big Dockz" Cromwell – mixing assistance (tracks 1–12, 14–17, 19)
  • David Nakaji – mixing assistance (track 20)
  • Ivan Jimenez – mixing assistance (track 20)
  • Glenn Schick – mastering (all tracks)

Charts

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[44] Gold 10,000^
United States (RIAA)[45] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history

Region Format Date Label Ref.
United States
  • CD
  • Digital Download
February 17, 2017 [1]
United Kingdom [1]

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