Future

Future

The funny thing about watching Future perform mid-afternoon at a festival Drake is headlining is there was a moment, right after Pluto came out, when it seemed like the Atlanta rapper could ascend to the same superstar level. On Drake’s recent Jungle tour, Future has been opening for him, and from deep cuts like “Itchin'” off Astronaut Status and “Magic” off True Story to his more recognizable hits like “Move That Dope,” his energy never flagged. In fact, one of the most enjoyable things about watching Future rap is how much he seems to enjoy it — specifically, how much he seems to enjoy his own music. Newer tracks “Monster” and “March Madness” did elicit some response from the thin, scattered crowd, and “Bugatti” still gets a roar out of anyone in its near vicinity. It must be irksome to be best-known for a guest hook when you’ve got an enormous back catalogue filled with clever, incredible but less radio-friendly songs. The only time the mood really shifted was when Future played “I Won” — the song ostensibly written for his ex-fiancée and baby mama Ciara — and dedicated it to the single ladies in the crowd. Of course, we all repurpose the past, but watching our favorite musicians enact the same pettiness we do is always disheartening. By the time he closed out with his surefire new hit “Fuck Up Some Commas,” I’m back to wondering if he’ll make that ascent after all. Either way, we’ll always have Pluto. –Caitlin

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