5 Best Songs From Future’s ‘HNDRXX’
Future has been one of the hardest working artists in all of music for a few years now--with what seems like a new project dropping every week. Despite the frenetic pace, Future has a proven track record of maintaining his high-volume momentum without sacrificing the quality of his music. Although the Autotune specialist let his foot off the peddle a bit in 2016, "only" releasing two full-length projects (he released four the year before), he has remained omnipresent via singles, music videos, or various other releases keeping him in the public's collective consciousness.
But in 2017, Future is back to his old ways, having already released two full-length albums, Future and HNDRXX, back to back. Released last Friday (Feb. 24), HNDRXX followed Future by just a week, and where that project was a more aggressive offering, HNDRXX centers melodies; featuring a litany of catchy refrains, and unforgettable bars and hooks.
With projections that HNDRXX will land at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200, which would make Future the first artist in history to score No. 1 albums in consecutive weeks, Future is at the top of his game and a force to be reckoned with. Having had time to review Future's latest body of work and give it a thorough listen, we've picked out the 5 most memorable songs from HNDRXX.
"Neva Missa Lost," produced by Detail & Major Seven, simply can't miss. "I can never miss a loss/I can never miss a loss/Please tell me what it cost/Make me pull this money out the drawer" the Freebandz head honcho raps as he bounces back from a love gone wrong. Delivering indelible melodies and addictive refrains, Future is at his highest on "Neva Missa Lost."
"Fresh Air" is an explosive selection. "I'ma need fresh air, I need to get out on my own/It's been too long," Future croons on the hook, shunning commitment in between basking in the luxuries that fame has afforded him. Produced by Detail, Mantra, King BNJMN & Major Seven, "Fresh Air" is a sonic adventure powered by drums, claps, synths, vocal samples and more, making it one of the more expansive compositions on Future's latest.
"Selfish" is a blockbuster collaboration between Future and Rihanna. Produced by Detail, Mantra & Major Seven, the beat is a seismic production with stadium status written all over it, with plenty of pockets for the two crooners to get their point across. "Gold rose petals, bottle standin'/Came from the concrete, takin' chances/Pop gold Ace like a Xanny/I just need the blessin' from your family," Future raps in between harmonizing with Rihanna on this high-profile duet.
Once HNDRXX's tracklist was unveiled, one of the more anticipated songs was "Comin Out Strong," a collaboration between Future and The Weeknd that lives up to its billing. "Like a nigga don't dance, but he make moves," The Weekend whispers over production by Detail & High Klassified before finessing with lines like "They said I couldn't reach Mars, so I turned to a star/Now I might have fucked around, might have raised up the bar/Now I'm talkin' cash, talk cash all in my palm/My nigga Cash said, "Watch what they do for the ones." Future rides shotgun on this outing, but also shines in his own right, rapping "It's hard to tell the real stories from the fake ones/'Cause nowdays if they don't got it they'll make one" and vibin' off of his Canadian counterpart. An instant winner.
"It can get scary when you legendary," Future raps on "Sorry," the close-out selection from HNDRXX that finds Future in a state of reflection. Conveying remorse for his ill-advised actions and misdeeds, the trap enthusiast pens an open letter over production by CuBeatz & Metro Boomin, crooning "ain't really mean to hurt you/Sorry it's gotta be this way/Ain't mean to try to desert you/Sorry, tryna be this way." HNDRXX may contain records that are likely to be bigger songs in terms of chart success, "Sorry" captures Future at his essence and is the album's most memorable selection.