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Mixtape Review-Beast Mode by Future x Zaytoven

Mixtape Review-Beast Mode by Future x Zaytoven

by Dan-O

I’m incorrect but I always think of Future as an amazing raw talent. The way basketball writers must have looked at Wilt Chamberlain. He’s not raw at all. The music always feels that way because of how he attacks it. A new project roll out for Future never encompasses a new direction with a different look and feel. He attacks what he does whether it’s about selling dope or buying cars or achieving love; always with no fear of seeming cheesy or emotional and always with the autotune at its highest setting.

When his album Pluto smashed rap music I called him king of the hookers, able to nail the chorus so precisely that you needed the song in your rotation. Not just his hooks but guest hooks. Beast Mode proves that the boundless energy it takes to throttle every opportunity is not just something Future brings to the hook, he brings it everywhere.

The whole project is nine songs long and entirely produced by Zaytoven, who has a great understanding of the push and pull needed in a good trap-ish beat. Zaytoven has been trending weird and minimalist at the same time, finding a way to make every beat sound signature and different at the same time. Listen to the sparse, strange Peacoat and you’ll understand. For Futures part he rarely relies on his R&B sensibilities on Beast Mode instead making his growls and verses catchy on Oooooh and even when his voice pulls into appealing croon it’s for the classic get-wealthy-with-me anthem No Basic which carries a heap of adrenaline pumped muscle.

As amped as No Basic can get you Where I Came From is a thousand times more subdued and doesn’t feel too far away from any other song on the project. Zaytoven weaves piano into his baseline better than 90% of producers and that sound fits Future like a glove. In a hushed melodic mumble Future talks about the feds coming to get them, selling out of his grandmother’s house, and lots of stark shocking images you may not catch if you get wrapped up in the melody. Maybe that’s the joke of it all. East Coast cats hear the melody and dismiss him but people that know how to listen to Southern rap can tell you that not only can Future sing and rap he does both about real situations. Even Real Sisters which is supposed to be about having a three-way with ladies and not caring if they are real sisters has a lot of penitentiary and trap talk.

I would also be remiss if I didn’t beg you to listen to Beast Mode in order to catch another fantastic Juvenile feature. They remake the structure of his Ha hit into Aintchu and Juvi is damn solid. He’s like the southern Jadakiss; wherever his solo album content may be (fantastic or forgettable) he still kills every feature in front of him and is almost on your top rapper list.

Watching Future make everything work on Beast Mode is like watching Wilt pull 40 rebounds and score 50 points over sweaty slow white guys and shaking your head like “man, the game is changing…” remember when we all thought he was just the new T-Pain? Feels like a long time ago.

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Song of The Year-Blood, Sweat, Tears by Future produced by Katalyst

Song of The Year-Blood, Sweat, Tears by Future produced by Katalyst

by Dan-O

I’m not sure I understand how respect is metered out in the hip hop community. It’s not just about record sales. Now eyes are on what kind of sunglasses you wear and who you hang out with; not that its complex it’s just convoluted.

Future dropped what I consider to be the album of this year in Honest and you know that by the end of the year he won’t even be on MTV’s Hottest MC list, even though he’s DOMINATING chart movement. Why is Honest so good? It’s half white knuckle motivational gym music about the determination it takes to be successful (like this song) and half bald emotional love song. I’m not talking about the hip hop love song that doubles back and cackles at the woman by the end. Real life I need you and I’m telling you music (almost uncomfortably personal like a letter to your loved one on an anniversary). I’ve never heard of anyone in hip hop crazy enough to put out an album like that; not LL, not Pac.

Blood, Sweat, Tears should play all throughout the NBA playoffs and at every sporting event. Katalyst made the bass crash like a stampede. Future found that raw poignant place where he does his best work and recorded his second album there. Some people think his first ,Pluto, was a game changer but this one is better. No loose tracks, everything fits and the truth is…Kanye hasn’t been as Future is now in years…neither has Jay…or Ross. When you talk about the top top tier in the game I’ll be fuming if you don’t mention Future.