Y’all wanna hear something crazy? I’ve been writing this weekly pop column for five whole years now. It seems like just yesterday that I published the inaugural installment explaining why The Week In Pop would be a good addition to the Stereogum portfolio. As we approach the precipice of 2019, I’m fairly certain … More »
Now nearly 40, with his biggest hits almost a decade behind him, it’s safe to say Usher hasn’t had the smoothest transition to middle age, although he’s continued to turn out solid singles every couple of years that have reminded us of his star power. The last we heard from him was 2016’s largely unsung … More »
We’re in the middle of a savage heat wave here in Los Angeles, so TMT contributor Sam Goldner and I decided to hit the beach on Saturday. I got to Sam’s house at 10:30 in the morning (way too late to beat the weekend leisure traffic, as we were about to find out), just to find him stretched out blissfully on his couch listening to what sounded like a Future album I wasn’t familiar with. No wonder: the said album was released just hours before, and it turned out to be the rapper’s long-awaited follow-up to his collaboration with Zaytoven, BEASTMODE.
Released in 2015 as part of a trilogy of mixtapes that included Monster and 56 Nights, the original BEASTMODE was recorded during a time when Future’s business partner DJ Esco was arrested in Dubai, along with hard drives that contained a bulk of Future’s to-be-released material. After the collection met with critical acclaim, its part deux was announced almost right away. Eventually, however, it took more than two years of sessions, during which over 100 tracks were recorded, for this perfect collection of nine to finally see the light of the day.
BEASTMODE 2 is available now on all streaming platforms and features one guest appearance by fellow Atlantan Young Scooter. Check it out through Soundcloud below:
BEASTMODE 2 tracklisting:
01. Wifi Lit
02. Cuddle My Wrist
03. Racks Blue
04. 31 Days
05. Red Light
06. Doh Doh (Feat. Young Scooter)
07. When I Think About It
08. Some More
09. Hate The Real Me
Imagine the slew of unreleased material Future and his choice producer, Zaytoven, have in the pipeline. In a recent interview with The FADER, Zaytoven actually did divulge on the workaholic’s ammo, revealing they’ve recorded roughly 100 songs over the past three years. A lot of those tracks were then sat on for their new offering, BEASTMODE 2, and after much deliberation, they decided to keep it “short and sweet,” releasing an album with just nine tracks.
It’s easy to understand the significance of conciseness in hip-hop by comparing Future’s effort to Drake‘s recent undertaking — admittedly a notable achievement from the Toronto-based talent, but a padded, deeply-advertised 24-track double-album nonetheless. It’s a bit humbling then to have a rapper release an album with just nine songs. Future and Zaytoven’s effort is simply their own approach to artistic integrity.
When the pair linked in 2015 for their original collaborative project, Beast Mode, the Atlanta-based rapper was on a hot streak. Fast forward two years, and that same steam has still yet to wear off. Beast Mode came right in the middle of what is now a historic string of releases for Future. He followed up with his self-titled, HNDRXX and Super Slimey, just to name a few, and now BEASTMODE 2 comes on the heels of Future’s work on the soundtrack for the movie Superfly. Considering the rapper’s timeline and trajectory, it’s no small wonder that beast mode was the title of these works — he certainly is on his game.
Future’s been busy this year, producing the Superfly soundtrack. Tonight, the Atlanta rapper shares his surprise mixtape Beast Mode II. The mixtape is a sequel to 2015’s Beast Mode and was produced by Zaytoven and the late Seth Firkins. Before his death last September, Firkins was Future’s in-house sound engineer. Listen to the … More »
Atlanta producer Zaytoven, one of the architects of modern trap music, is releasing an album under his own name later this month. Ahead of that project, titled Trap Holizay, we’re getting one of those all-star posse cuts producers like to unveil when they’re promoting their own LPs. This one is called “Go Get The Money,” … More »
Producer Zaytoven is dropping a new mixtape tomorrow — Trapping Made It Happen — stacked with tracks from Lil Uzi Vert, Young Thug, Juicy J, Migos, Young Dolph and more. Tonight we have a taste of what’s to come with the track “Five Guys” featuring Migos and Young Thug. Consider it a throwback to last year’s More »