Future Hndrxx Presents: The Wizrd - This project goes so hard, I was left confused.
I’ve always respected Future’s music & work ethic. A lot of the songs he releases are ‘nod your head’ type beats, so I’m always putting them on repeat & as far as I’m aware, according to artists that work closely with him, he’s a ‘machine’ in the studio. As cliche as that sounds, all I’ve ever heard about Future when putting songs together, is his desire to simply keep creating, as he has so many ideas he wants to explore.
The last album I listened to, prior to The Wizrd, was Wrld On Drugs, which left a lot to be desired. I appreciate it was a joint effort between Future & Juice Wrld, but 50% of that is still tied to him & although it wasn’t a bad collection of songs, it hardly had anything I would remember & not one song was added to my playlist. The Wizrd, however, is a true monster of a record. Not one song blurs into the rest & that’s hard to do with Trap music. Every beat has it’s own quirky, unique sound/vibe & not one was skipped, which is also a big thing to point out for an album, because as we all know, album fillers have always come across as a mandatory necessity, yet in The Wizrd’s case, no such thing has occurred & I, for one, am impressed.
I read some comments on YouTube suggesting Future had ‘fallen off’, i.e., was not making good music & of course, these are just opinions, but there’s no smoke without fire & the last time I checked, Future’s last smash hit was ‘Mask Off’, released back in May 2017. I know he’s released lots of other songs since then, yet quantity rather than quality comes to mind. Regardless of these claims, I never believed for one second that an artist as talented as he is, simply ‘falls off’. Sometimes artists take breaks, perhaps something has happened in their lives, or maybe they’re creativity isn’t flowing as it once did. At the end of the day, we’re only human & life/we can change, so if things can/want to be put back together, then it requires time.
There’s a channel on YouTube called Ayo & Teo, which are the names of two dancers who create videos with their friends to trap/rap music. When I heard Future’s ‘Jumping On a Jet’, I went to Ayo & Teo’s ‘About’, got their email address & sent them a message suggesting that they should dance to it because it’s so upbeat/lively. Jumping On a Jet is one of my favourite songs on the album, although, I must admit, every song is a favourite of mine on this record.
One song that has genuine stand-out quality is ‘Ain’t Coming Back’. This is a track that has soul & meaning. You could say that it portrays Future in a different light, perhaps in a way we have never seen before. His gloves are off, so to speak & how often do we see/hear that?
It goes without saying The Wizrd is a 1st class album that Future has given everything towards. It wouldn’t surprise me if he said in an interview that this project was just another day in the office, but the reality is that he probably spent an unprecedented amount of time on this & meticulously went through each song to ensure every single one was tip-top, which is what he needed to do. However this album was made, however long it took & however much effort he put in, all that matters is that Future has never sounded so good/relevant, with what I could only presume will bring a huge amount of confidence, not only back into his music, but most importantly, in himself.