DS2 Album Review
Released July 17, 2015
Genre: Hip-Hop, Drug Rap
Atlanta-based rapper Future returns from the pharmacy with extra codeine on his latest album, DS2 (short for Dirty Sprite 2). He’s still sticking to the same formula that he’s used for his past output – drug-obsessed and violent autotuned warbling that occasionally takes a break from the grit to cater to the ladies. However, on DS2, he’s coming even closer to perfecting that formula by delivering catchier hooks and harder-hitting bars. Not to mention, he consistently hops on entrancing production to get his indulgent messages across. While this project might not gain new fans, supporters of the usual Future will rejoice.
Future kicks off the album with a bold and unashamed depiction of his life on “Thought It Was a Drought.” Lines like “I just took a piss and I seen codeine coming out” and “I’mma choose the dirty over you/ You know I ain’t scared to lose you” may be cringe-inducing, but the honesty and vividness of these quotes prove that our man Nayvadius takes drug enthusiasm to a new level. If it wasn’t apparent by the title Dirty Sprite 2, this album will really resonate with people who like drugs, just like most of Future’s output.
“Bold” and “unashamed” are two words that definitely apply to DS2. The next track “I Serve The Bass” sports a very noisy beat and ballsy lines like “tried to make me a pop star and they made a monster,” Monster being the name of one of his more well-received recent mixtapes. He convincingly explains how his musical trajectory and lifestyle are completely his choice and he makes no apologies about it. Future’s sticking to his guns even though he’s been in the game long enough to be very popular. He continues this attitude on the next song, my personal favorite, “Where Ya At.” His vocal contributions are more melodic even though the song serves as a harsh interrogation of a fake friend who abandoned him. Drake’s contribution isn’t significant but contributes effectively to the theme of the song. The two emcees sing-rap over a very tasty Metro Boomin beat, helping drive the song into the listeners’ heads.
Even though he’s clearly high on codeine for most of the recordings, Future maintains a sense of urgency. Sifting through the slurred bars he delivers reveals a constant sense of paranoia and unrest for Future Hendrix. While people may not agree with his lifestyle, he does a good job on DS2 of bringing people into his logic: he’s celebrating because he’s grinded so hard for so long, but there’s still more work to be done and he has enemies. Now, there are songs like “Rich $ex” which don’t do a good job continuing the dark or hedonistic tones of this album in an interesting way, but there are plenty of songs that flesh out these themes well. “Groupies” is an indulgent banger for 90% of the song, but he starts the outro by saying “Now I’m back grabbing my Uzi.” It seems Future’s constantly lean-infused lifestyle is precipitated by the dangerous circles he runs in.
Future’s still not a lyrical genius (he has a few cringey lines like “Imma put my thumb in her butt”), but DS2 comes through with interesting hooks, flows and production. This won’t win over people who dislike morally questionable rap, but old fans and people on the fence will enjoy, purple or not.
PRETTY NEAT MUSIC
FAV TRACKS: I Serve The Base, Where Ya At, Groupies, Slave Master
LEAST FAV TRACKS: Rich $ex