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It feels right that Future’s first self-titled release allows his different personas to grab the mic: Depending on the track, he’s the party starter, the ladies’ man, the hustler, or the hedonist. FUTURE pays homage to the ATL rapper’s roots (and now-legendary string of underground mixtapes) with plenty of 808 boom, warped synths, and jittery rhymes. When his lyrics look back on the experiences that shaped him—especially with tracks like “Feds Did a Sweep” or “When I Was Broke”—it’s a hypnotic glimpse into the mind of Atlanta’s trap king.
Born: November 20, 1983 in Atlanta, GA
Years Active: ’00s, ’10s
Busting out of Atlanta in 2011 with his hit street track “Tony Montana,” rapper Future grew up in Atlanta’s Zone 6 section. Born Nayvadius Cash, hip-hop was in his family, as his cousin was producer Rico Wade. It was his local crew who gave him his moniker, dubbing him “The Future of Rap,” something the nation got to experience in 2010 when he partnered with Gucci Mane for the mixtape Free Bricks. In 2011, he released the street album Streetz Calling and made a guest appearance on YC’s mixtape…