[BACK TO THE…] Earlier this year, Auto-Tune aficionado and new father Future released “Move That Dope,” the first single on his then-highly anticipated second studio album, Honest—and
it was awesome. The guest-laden tracks find the Atlanta native kicking
things off on a grimy, robotic beat by super producer Mike WiLL Made It,
before a snarling Pusha T and a Gandalf-hat-rockin’ Pharrell promptly
steal the show. “Move That Dope” definitely pushed the already
substantial Future hype train further into motion, but when the album
was released in April, Honest honestly didn’t hit as hard as
promised. Maybe it was overshadowed by YG’s surprise hit a month
earlier, or maybe it was because second single “I Won,” featuring Kanye
West, makes you throw up in the mouth a little bit. The album does have
its highlights—like the unexpected “Benz Friendz (Whatchutola),” a
summer-ready, automobile-denouncing jam with a verse from the resurgent
André 3000. Either way, a lackluster release didn’t seem to hurt
Future’s popularity among mainstream hip-hop fans. Don’t be surprised to
see him headline a much bigger Portland venue next time.
SEE IT: Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St., 225-0047. 8 pm Wednesday, July 2. $27.50 advance, $30 day of show. All ages.