Hndrxx

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Hndrxx
HNDRXX cover.jpg
Studio album by Future
Released February 24, 2017 (2017-02-24)
Recorded 2016
Genre
Length 68:59
Label
Producer
Future chronology
Future
(2017)Future2017
Hndrxx
(2017)
Super Slimey
(2017)Super Slimey2017
Singles from Hndrxx
  1. "Selfish"
    Released: February 28, 2017
  2. "Pie"
    Released: June 25, 2017
  3. "Incredible"
    Released: July 25, 2017
  4. "You da Baddest"
    Released: July 28, 2017

Hndrxx (stylized as HNDRXX and pronounced "Hendrix")[2] is the sixth studio album by American rapper Future. It was released on February 24, 2017, by A1 Recordings, Freebandz, and Epic Records.[3][4] It followed the release of Future's fifth eponymously titled album, Future (2017), by one week, and features guest appearances from Rihanna, The Weeknd, Chris Brown, and Nicki Minaj. Hndrxx is also eponymously named after Future's alter ego, Future Hendrix.[5]

The album was supported by four singles: "Selfish", "Pie", "Incredible", and "You da Baddest". Hndrxx received positive critical reviews and charted at number one, making Future the first artist to release two Billboard 200 chart topping albums in consecutive weeks. It was included on lists of 2017's best albums by various publications, including Complex, Pitchfork, Fact, and Entertainment Weekly.

Background

Online music magazine Hits Daily Double announced on February 22, 2017, that Future was set to release another album a week after the eponymously titled album Future (2017), set to include more "rhythmic-leaning and radio-friendly" tracks.[6] The release was first announced by Future during a Q&A on social media on February 21, 2017, along with him tweeting the pre-order link for Hndrxx.[7][8]

On June 26, 2017, the song "Pie", was included on to the tracklist on streaming services.[9] On July 28, 2017, another song was added to the streaming tracklist, "You da Baddest".[10]

Singles

"Selfish" featuring Barbadian singer Rihanna, was released as the album's lead single on February 28, 2017.[11] The song was produced by Detail, Major Seven and Mantra.

"Pie" featuring American singer Chris Brown, was released as the second single on June 25, 2017.[12] The song was produced by Detail and D. A. Doman.

The album's third single, "Incredible", was released to rhythmic contemporary radio on July 25, 2017.[13] The song was produced by Dre Moon.

"You da Baddest" featuring Trinidadian-American rapper Nicki Minaj, was released as the album's fourth single on July 28, 2017.[14][15] The song was produced by Go Grizzly and Detail.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
AnyDecentMusic? 7.1/10[16]
Metacritic 78/100[17]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[18]
Consequence of Sound B+[1]
HipHopDX 4.2/5[19]
HotNewHipHop 87%[20]
The Irish Times 3/5 stars[21]
Pitchfork 7.8/10[22]
Q 3/5 stars[23]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[24]
Spectrum Culture 3.75/5 stars[25]
XXL 4/5[26]

Hndrxx received generally 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 78, based on eight reviews.[17] Neil Z. Yeung of AllMusic said, "Released just a week after his self-titled fifth effort, Future's HNDRXX provided an introspective and confessional complement to the more extroverted Future."[18] Ural Garrett of HipHopDX said, "HNDRXX provides a view into a modern rock star indulging in a side of himself that's more thoughtful and dare one say, honest."[19] Rebecca Haithcoat of Pitchfork said, "Over a well-played hand of wistful, bright-eyed and reflective beats, HNDRXX strikes a near-perfect balance between a man still licking his wounds and a man emerging from a long, dark night."[22] Preezy of XXL said, "HNDRXX is a reminder that no matter how hard he tries to shun his reputation as a hitmaker, Future remains one of the most reliable acts in mainstream music, his reluctance aside."[26]

Michael Madden of Consequence of Sound said, "While his most definitive project remains 2015's Dirty Sprite 2 for its balance of Future's innate melodic sense and especially effective trap records, HNDRXX comes in as a close second."[1] Kristian Brito of The Quietus said, "It's the slickest, spaciest project he's released since Honest (which was always underrated), and sits far left of the trap rigor mortis of the self-titled record."[27] Mosi Reeves of Rolling Stone said, "Like its predecessor, it's an hour-plus data dump of quotidian creativity with a slight thematic focus, not a tightly sequenced tour de force. But Future wouldn't be Future if he wasn't unburdening himself, no matter how messy and polarizing the results might be. And for the most part, he's at his most appealing here."[24]

Year-end lists

Publication Rank Ref.
Billboard
17
Complex
4
Consequence of Sound
15
Entertainment Weekly
16
Fact
5
HipHopDX
11
Noisey
12
Pitchfork
27
Rap-Up
15
Spin
27
Variety N/A

Commercial performance

Hndrxx debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 with 121,000 album-equivalent units, of which 48,000 were pure album sales.[39] It replaced Future's own self-titled album from the previous week at number one, making him the first artist in the history of the Billboard 200 to have two albums debut at number one in successive weeks.[39] As of July 5, 2017, the album has moved 435,000 album-equivalent units.[40]

Track listing

Hndrxx[41][4]
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "My Collection"
4:15
2. "Comin Out Strong" (featuring The Weeknd)
4:14
3. "Lookin Exotic" 3:46
4. "Damage"
  • Wilburn
  • Dijon McFarlane
  • Te Whiti Warbrick
  • Nick Audino
  • Lewis Hughes
  • Khaled Rohaim
  • Fisher
  • Gene Griffin
  • Teddy Riley
  • Aaron Robin Hall
  • William Gaitling
3:57
5. "Use Me"
  • Wilburn
  • Fisher
  • Sidney Swift
  • Justin Bradley
  • Ruben Raymond
  • Justin Rodriguez
  • Detail
  • The Track Burnaz
  • Swift
4:16
6. "Incredible"
Dre Moon 4:08
7. "Testify"
  • Wilburn
  • Luellen
Southside 2:58
8. "Fresh Air"
  • Wilburn
  • Omar Walker
  • Fisher
  • Evan Smith
  • Benjahmin Singh-Reynolds
  • Major Seven
  • Detail
  • Mantra[a]
  • King BNJMN[b]
4:30
9. "Neva Missa Lost"
  • Wilburn
  • Fisher
  • Walker
  • Xeryus Gittens
  • Donald DeGrate
  • Cedric Hailey
  • Major Seven
  • Detail
  • Xeryus G[b]
3:58
10. "Keep Quiet"
3:22
11. "Hallucinating"
  • Wilburn
  • Proctor
Dre Moon 3:41
12. "I Thank U"
Wheezy 2:21
13. "New Illuminati" 3:01
14. "Turn On Me"
  • Wilburn
  • Kelvin Brown
  • Luellen
  • Nash B
  • Southside
4:24
15. "Selfish" (featuring Rihanna)
4:11
16. "Solo"
  • Wilburn
  • Proctor
Dre Moon 4:26
17. "Sorry"
  • Wilburn
  • Wayne
  • K. Gomringer
  • T. Gomringer
  • Metro Boomin
  • Cubeatz[a]
7:31
Total length: 68:59
Streaming version
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
18. "Pie" (featuring Chris Brown)
3:31
19. "You da Baddest" (featuring Nicki Minaj)
  • Go Grizzly
  • Detail
4:01
Total length: 76:31

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer
  • ^[b] signifies an additional producer
  • ^[c] signifies a vocal producer
  • "Lookin Exotic" features background vocals by Mayer Hawthorne
  • "Damage" features uncredited vocals by Detail

Sample credits

  • "Fresh Air" contains a sample of "Mulher do Poder", written by Viviane de Queiroz Pereira, performed by MC Pocahontas.

Personnel

Production

  • Seth Firkins – recording, engineering
  • Joshua Sellers – recording
  • Eric Manco – recording
  • Southside – production (tracks 3, 7, 14)
  • Metro Boomin – production (tracks 1, 17)
  • DJ Spinz – production (track 10)
  • Detail – production (tracks 5, 8, 9, 15, 18, 19)
  • DY – production (track 13)
  • DJ Mustard – production (track 4)
  • Jake One – production (track 3)
  • Dre Moon – production (tracks 6, 11, 16)
  • Cirkut – production (track 2)
  • High Klassified – production (track 2)
  • Cubeatz – production (tracks 1, 17)
  • Cicero – production (track 13)
  • Major Seven – production (tracks 8, 9, 15)
  • King BNJMN – production (track 8)
  • K-Major – production (tracks 3, 10)
  • Mantra – production (tracks 8, 15)
  • Nash B – production (track 14)
  • Sidney Swift – production (track 5)
  • The Track Burnaz – production (track 5)
  • Twice as Nice – production (track 4)
  • Wheezy – production (track 12)
  • Xeryus G – production (track 9)
  • Kuk Harrell – vocal production (track 15)
  • Patrizio Pigliapoco – recording engineer (track 18)
  • D. A. Doman – production (track 18)
  • Go Grizzly – production (track 19)

Charts

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[62] Gold 500,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^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 24, 2017 [4]
United Kingdom [63]

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