If you’ve been paying any attention to your Twitter timeline over the past few months then you will probably agree that Future is that guy right now. It seems like at every turn, Mr. Freebandz is making the perfect moves to become hip-hop’s hottest. I mean, we all know that Future can make hits but every since he dropped 56 Nights back in March his ability to make a concise full project while still feeding the streets has risen his stock significantly.
Even though we all can’t stop playing Dirty Sprite 2 on repeat, one of the main reasons we love Future is because of his features. Want to make your song hot? Put Future on it. Want your single to go number one? Put Future on it. Want to jumpstart the excitement for your own album? Confirm there will be a Future chorus. It’s just that simple.
Future has been known to slay a couple rappers on their own songs whether he is rapping the hook or singing it auto-tune style. In a lot of ways, having Future on your song helps and hinders. He will make your song hot in a heartbeat but could quite possibly outshine you at the same damn time.
So in honour of hip-hop’s hit hook maker, here are 5 times Future stole the show on a featured track. Feel we missed something? Let us know in the comments below.
Bugatti with Ace Hood & Rick Ross
This chorus is just too big not to be on this list. Future may only say 7 words but those seven words make the song. I don’t think there is anyone I know personally who knows how either Ace or Ross’ verses start – but they do know Future’s part. Usually when Future steals the show it is because he has made some slick auto-tune talk that sounds so damn good on a trap beat but here it’s a little different. He really hops on this one and belts out those 7 words as if they were the last words ever. Ace and Ross flex their rhymes a little bit but not enough to compete with Future’s simple yet earth shattering chorus.
Pain with Pusha T
Future rolls into this one with a very soft, eerie and captivating hook that locks you into the song right off the bat. The beat and his voice almost become one in the same as the instrumentation picks up and his voice rattles in the pocket. Although Push comes with some bars, the chorus is what makes this song such a deep mixtape cut. It’s weird that even on a song with the hip-hop’s real life cocaine slinger, Future is the one who sounds the most authentic.
Confused with Gucci Mane
We all love Gucci but out rapping him bar-for-bar isn’t exactly the hardest thing to do. Future gives us a hoppy chorus and even better verse that clearly outshines Gucci. At some points I find it strange that this is even classified as a Gucci Mane song because it’s basically the Future show from start to finish. His verse contains pretty slick multi syllable rhymes that could rank amongst some of his best lyrical work. You can even hear Gucci trying to copy Future’s cadences and auto-tune flow but no matter how hard he tries, it’s next to impossible to recreate Future’s jiggyness.
Jump Out The Face with Meek Mill
The most recent show stealing came on Meek Mill’s number one album, Dreams Worth More Than Money. This track in particular is not only the album’s focal point but also one of Future’s most standout performances. Of course the bass-heavy-trap-snare beat really helps Future glide across this one almost effortlessly but even then his verse is top notch as well. It is so inherently clear that no one can stunt quite like Future can. Even when he rhymes “boolin” with “boolin” he makes it sound like the most clever bar of all times. Meek gets his rhymes in nicely but once again it is Future’s portion of the song that not only sticks out in peoples’ minds but has them replaying the song over and over again.
3500 with Travis Scott & 2 Chainz
This one is pretty close as well but Future steals it in the end. I say “close” because Travis Scott has a similar sound to Future on this particular track. From the chorus, to the verse to the echoing adlibs in the background, Future is everywhere on this song. His verse in particular is like a muffled-swag-limerick that has some profound message at the end. Lines like “This money an option, this weed is an option, this lean is an option/Your bitch is an option, her bitch is an option” is weirdly poetic and gives a lot of insight into modern day rapper life. I’m not saying he gets all introspective on this track but in the most drugged out way possible, it all makes sense. Travis and Chainz just don’t do enough here to put one past Future. Sorry, La Flame.
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