Hip-hop heads, did you know that Future’s third studio album, Dirty Sprite 2, released via by A1 Recordings, Freebandz and Epic Records is his first project to top the charts?
After dropping his debut album, Pluto, in 2012 to widespread acclaim, Future became the go-to artist for hooks and hits; helping artists like Lil Wayne, Ace Hood and Rocko create smash hits such as “Love Me,” “Bugatti” and “U.O.E.N.O.”
As a lead artist, however, Future couldn’t quite create the same magic he had for other artists, with “Move That Dope” – his highest charting single to date – not even cracking the Top 40.
Future’s sophomore album, Honest, was also released to lukewarm reception, selling 53,000 copies in its first week which is decent for a rapper in 2014 but not for someone of Future’s hitmaking calibre.
So it was back to the grind for the Freebandz head honcho. No more sweet R&B serenades, no more Ciara, no more Miley Cyrus – it was back to the trap for Future. He got in the studio with the likes of Metro Boomin, Zaytoven and 808 Mafia and went back to churning out quality mixtapes for the streets.
In the past year Future’s released: Monster (with Metro Boomin and DJ Esco), Beast Mode (with Zaytoven), 56 Nights (with DJ Esco and 808 Mafia), winning back fans with his trademark sound. Thanks to the hit “Fuck Up Some Commas” off Monster, Future was back in the spotlight and quickly becoming the hottest rapper in the game again.
Looking to capitalise on his momentum, Future dropped Dirty Sprite 2, a sequel to his 2011 breakout mixtape. Featuring production from Metro Boomin, Sonny Digital, Southside, Zaytoven as well as a lone guest appearance from Drake on “Where Ya At,” Future managed to move 126,000 copies of Dirty Sprite 2 in the first week, topping the Billboard 200 for his first time.
Now there’s no stopping the FBG train; Future and Drake just dropped their collaborative album What a Time to Be Alive, a product of the Toronto rapper spending 6 days in Atlanta creating music. The project is estimated to sell over 500,000 in its first week, giving Future another chart topper and most likely his first platinum album.