As awkward as it is to say, musicians who have either recently endured an emotionally turbulent maelstrom in their life or ended a relationship seem to make the best music of their careers – at the very least – almost immediately afterwards. The first two albums from Mary J Blige are indisputable classics, and they came during some of her darkest periods. Kanye West suffered through the loss of his mother and the failed relationships with both his longtime fiance and Amber Rose, and the end result – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy – is hailed as his best body of work thus far. And then there’s Future.
Following his break-up with Ciara – during which the two had a child together – the de facto leader of the Freebandz crew has put out a steady stream of acclaimed free mixtapes over the last several months, punctuated by the singles “Commas,” “March Madness” and “Trap N*ggas.” Today he returns with a new offering produced by Nard B, and the track is trademark Strugs: electronically crooning death threats, quips on his past partner, and other such non sequiturs that define his music thus far.
Yes, even I – who, according to the yentas at this very establishment, is one of the biggest dissenters online (whatever that means) – can admit that Future is on one of the best musical rolls in rap right now and I have found his music very enjoyable of late. While I don’t wish him to continually go through whatever emotional tumult he is dealing with now, it has provided his fans with some epic tunes these last couple of seasons.