Talk Shit Like A Preacher: How DS2 Became My Ghetto Gospel

The Future hive is buzzing for the East Atlanta artist’s forthcoming album dropping this Friday. Fans like myself are expecting “The WIZRD” to be magic! And as the anticipation builds inside like an 808 crescendo on a trap symphony, I decided to dive into his discography while I wait.

While Future has made plenty of music to choose from in the last few years, it’s his 2015 album, “DS2,” that holds a special place in my hip-hop heart. DS2 is a masterpiece in my eyes and the rapper’s magnum opus. The album was a turning point in his career and transformed him into hip-hop’s unsung hero. He took his tragedy and made it into triumph with DS2 as his testimony. The rapper became something like a reverend as he preached overcoming his past and pain in a world full of pills and Promethazine.

“Best thing I ever did was fall out of love…”

After his public breakup with former fiancee, Ciara, in 2014, Future began to bury himself in his music. Heartbreak only made him hungrier as he bounced back and was almost born again. While with the pop princess, he did away with his drug-infused, dope boy image he had previously. His sound was more commercial, and a lot cleaner from his initial Dirty Sprite days, However, Hendrix came back with a vengeance as he became newly single. He unearthed a newfound attitude in the aftermath with the DS2 album and discovered an authentic representation reaches his audience better.

Although his last studio album was entitled “Honest,” it was everything but. “Honest” was his label pushing a perspective that wasn’t him, which reflected in the record sales. His truth wasn’t spilled out until he used purple Acativs to paint us a polarizing picture in DS2.  He decided to do things on his own terms after Epic Records “tried to make me a pop star and they made a Monster,” says Future.

In the new album, Future show how he was assertive along with ambitious. “Fuck another interview I’m done with it,”Future declared in an anthem all about his determined spirit, I Serve The Base. It is also with this song Pluto speaks on his perseverance and optimism. “I inhale the love on a bad day, baptized inside purple Actavis” is another lyric he uses to describe his demeanor despite the odds. He holds his head high in spite of his disasters, a lesson we should all heed to.

“I know I came from poverty, I got my name from poverty..”

Hendrix shares how he went through hell in his hood and all the demons he deals with because of it. Post traumas from his trap days continue to haunt him as he tries to self-medicate to ease the pain. Instead of pouring out his emotions out in the open, he pours up a double cup, as he mentions on “Blood On The Money.” “I can’t help the way I’m raised up. That Easter Pink, I tried to give it up,” said Future.

However, his upbringing is what has kept him motivated since his days with the Dungeon Family in Rico Wade’s basement. Being driven is what keeps him in the foreign whips he speaks about in “Slave Master” and “Colossal.” Future’s method of showing his motivation is unorthodox, to say the least, but his intentions are pure. He uses his money and materialistic possessions as trophies from coming out of the trenches.

Over everything Future has overcame, he thanks God for his many blessings, and uses music to continuously manifest them.  Tracks like “Trap Niggas,” “Kno the Meaning,” and “I Blow A Bag” are just a few where Future raps how his faith brought him to reap what he’s sown. Simply planting a seed of having faith in the most high has helped him grow into such a success.

“I’ve been so in tune, man I’ve been so ambitious”

DS2 is more than lavishness and lean references. The subject matter in his songs can be like a sermon if you listen close enough. Pluto put together principles of having incredible work ethic, knowing your worth, and being loyal to your loved ones in this project. There’s a lesson in those lyrics that are almost biblical. If his verses don’t make a shift in your spirit, the production will move you. Zaytoven tickles the keys over beats much like your most beloved church organist and Metro Boomin’s sound will shake the devil out of anyone.

Does Future’s music give you gospel greatness? Put how he might preach to you in a comment below.

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