Mixtape Review: Future, Monster

ATL (t)rapper hands out familiar rhymes and beastly beats for Halloween.

(Photo: Epic Records)

When it comes to Halloween this year, Future decided to bless the trick-or-treaters with some fresh tracks.
His latest mixtape, aptly named Monster, sums up his presence on the radio as well as the Billboard charts. But the Atlanta rapper makes it clear on his latest effort that he’s also a beast on these streets.
Monster is laced with tales of lavish living, underworld endeavors and sexual exploits. Metro Boomin' provides some grown folks Halloween music on the dark and synth-heavy “Radical” to start things out, while a somnambulant Future puts his subdued Southern drawl on it, casually detailing his kingpin activities.
The "Karate Chop" MC then segues into the life of a star on tracks like “Throw Away,” which focuses on his lack of feelings for the women he hooks up with, and on the Lil Wayne-assisted “After That,” on which he gives a chronological account of his big moves and big purchases. “Got so much money almost gave myself a rack attack,” he raps on the TM-88/Southside-produced banger.
Monster has plenty of love for his soldiers on songs like “My Savages,” which features some of the more impressive percussion to come out of any mixtape this year, as well as “Mad Luv.” Throughout the entirety of the tape, Future keeps it hood, offering a plethora of unabashed lines about his invincibility, spending money and challenging those that front, which, like on his previous works is where he seems to flourish.

Songs like “F**k Up Some Commas,” “Gangland” and "Fetti" showcase the trap rapper in his element, while the mixtape’s title song, “Monster,” encompassed the full spectrum of his topical comfort zone with lines like, “All my n****s some junkies they keep that bread on them dog/Your little h*e is money, she got a head on her, dawg/Caught a flight outta London, I can't see nothin' but stars/It don't f**k with my conscience, I serve my auntie that raw.”
Though Monster stays consistently strong from a production standpoint and serves as a definite fix for all those that love the heavyweight’s brand of trap hop, Future has moments where the originality isn’t quite there, like on “2 Pac,” which pretty much took the concept of “Tupac Back” by MMG and made a few minor modifications. On “Codeine Crazy,” the Auto-Tune-heavy MC basically regurgitated what most rappers have been talking about for years: Getting faded.
On his latest mixtape, Future may not have broken any new ground lyrically, but for those that like hard-hitting beats and that one-of-a-kind delivery, this effort is the perfect way to amp up before the holiday season really gets underway.

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