As promised, Future has released his eighth studio album, High Off Life, today. Immediately it feels like a familiar journey through a tumultuous valley of toxic lust, sleepless paranoia, wealthy boasts, and deep-rooted trauma.
Born Nayvadius Wilburn, the multi-Platinum, Grammy-winning artist is widely recognized as a trendsetter within his genre who doesn’t follow anyone’s rules but his own. If you’ve been a fan, then you know that Future works by his own accord. Instead of working by the rules of the game, Future works around it, and remains true to his tireless work ethic. Wilburn, also known as Hendrix, has produced banger after banger. Unlike the conventional format for releasing music, he usually drops an album and a series of singles, and star studded features to support his momentum. Consistency, charisma, and his unique genre bending abilities made him into the High Off Life superstar that he is today.
I say all of this to say that it isn’t shocking or surprising that Future decided to deliver on his promise of releasing a feel good album during a pandemic. In a recent interview he made it clear that this album was going to be all about, “…life and being good and just enjoying life. So many tragedies and catastrophes and everything is going on in the world. And you want to enjoy life, as long as you have it… soak it all up and be appreciative for every moment,” and from start to finish as you listen to this album you can absolutely hear it, feel it, and visualize it.
Although Future navigates concepts of toxic lust, sleepless paranoia, wealthy boasts, and deep-rooted trauma he depicts it in a feel-good manner, and is raw in essence which is what Hip Hop is all about. Accompanied by high spirited Trap beats, and features from Young Thug, Lil Uzi Vert, Drake, DaBaby, and more this is a no-skip project. As you stream this album you can absolutely expect to hear lots of boss talk, infectious bounce, and his signature “rapper who made it out of the trenches,” lyricism. The 36-year-old rap genius has gifted us another vivid recollection of guns, glory, girls, drugs, and the continuous battle with inner demons over suave flows and transient cadences perfectly blended with hard-hitting productions brought to us by DJ Esco.
You can stream High Off Life below!