Future’s latest album, I NEVER LIKED YOU, causes a stir between his toxicity in romantic relationships and his lifestyle choices, while portraying himself as misunderstood and a victim of betrayal.
The sound production of Future’s music is undoubtedly hardcore with the intense bass drops and hard claps of the techno beat. The transitions between verses in songs like “HOLY GHOST” are astounding – “We got ‘em locked in, boxed in, Glocks in — alligator skin for my sins, I’m bout to win again” — the flow and wordplay in this track is amazing as there is an opera sound effect at the beginning and towards the end of the song which could also act as the “holy ghost”. The beats are absolutely outstanding all throughout this album and there are no disappointments in this aspect of the record.
However, Future could have done much better on “CHICKENS” with the lyrics in the chorus and the song title — the song doesn’t flow well and seems a little childish. The beat sounds like old Future in his album DS2 which was released back in 2015. EST Gee’s verse in this song was much better than Future’s portion as the speed of his voice was clear and connected really well with the beat, as opposed to Future being all over the place singing about “chickens”. On the other hand, Future’s raspy voice along with Drake’s wordplay on “I’M ON ONE” combined together make a trendy song that you could never get enough of.
Future included some lovey dovey songs that bring emotion to the album disregarding the intense toxic feel of his overall persona. Songs like “LOVE YOU BETTER” and “WAIT FOR U” ft Drake and Tems are songs you could add to your “In my feels” playlist. Future incorporating songs like these to an album which is collective of intense tracks like “712PM” and “I’M DAT N***A” adds a variety of feelings for a listener which is a significant part for musicians to reveal within their music.
I NEVER LIKED YOU could be seen as a petty album, obviously something different for Future’s reputation as his intentions are to be seen as a vindictive lover — he did just that with songs like “FOR A NUT” and “WE JUS WANNA GET HIGH”. Though the album is Future’s first project since his collaboration album “Pluto x Baby Pluto” with Lil Uzi Vert, it is definitely going to be overplayed in the summer with zero complaints, having everyone feeling toxic.