Among the biggest stories of 2016 is Brooklyn rapper Desiigner, and his unparalleled rise to the top. Hip-Hop’s arguably most popular artist at the moment, just snagged the #1 Billboard spot last week with his smash hit “Panda.” This is an incredible accomplishment seeing as Desiigner was a virtually unknown artist with nothing more than a few hundred views on his Soundcloud account before Kanye West decided to include a sample from “Panda” on his most recent album, The Life Of Pablo. West not only gave Desiigner a co-sign on one of the biggest albums of the year, he also signed the young phenom to his label, G.O.O.D Music. Since the unlikely collaboration TLOP, Desiigner has been riding one hell of a wave. From performing at Coachella this year, to being meme’d into oblivion, it’s the come up most artists only dream of.
While your timeline continues to be packed with tributes and choreographed dance moves to “Panda,” its starting to lead fans to the inevitable question of “Whats next?” Thankfully, we now have an answer to this. Mike Dean, one of the best producers in Hip-Hop, who is also on the G.O.O.D Music roster, has just revealed in a recent interview that he will indeed be executive producing Designer’s upcoming debut album, along with Travi$ Scott‘s sophmore album. Within the interview Mike Dean also touched briefly on the controversy surrounding Desiigner, in that he’s nothing more than a Future knock-off. Dean explained “He’s a lot more of an artist than you think he is. He’s not just some Future knockoff. He talks like that — he sounds like he’s got Auto-Tune on his voice in real life. He talks like Future raps, which is weird.” He continued “I don’t know where he got his music influence. Just like that old shit that I had, the shit with A$AP Rocky and Yams and all that shit. Like Yams said they grew up on that music on the Internet. Me and Plain Pat were talking about Desiigner. To older people, listening to music is like soul music or old rock music. To Desiigner though [what’s out now] is all the music he knows.”
After getting negatively name dropped by Future last month at a concert, its clear Future is in fact aware of the bitten style, but doesn’t seem to be all that upset about it, seeing as he has bigger problems to deal with at the moment, courtesy of Ciara. Understandably to the untrained ear, its easy to confuse the two artists. Which is why it’ll be so interesting to see how Mike Dean and company, approach this comparison on Desiigners upcoming album. Unfortunately there is no release date or further details on the upcoming project at this time. However, Mike Dean and Desiigner have already begun putting in work and it sounds great so far (see below).