[Album Review] Future – Pluto 3D

12/08/2012

It has been three and a half years ago since Jay-Z decreed death to autotune. With that one song, he essentially put an end to a trend that was growing in rap music. Fast forward to today and it is nowhere near as predominant as it once was but is still being used, primarily by an artist known as Future. This astronomy loving rapper/singer has seen much success in 2012 with hit songs such as  Turn On The Lights, and Neva End that have done well on the Billboard charts and also featured on his debut album Pluto which released earlier in April. Future built upon this new found success and rereleased said album in the form of Pluto3D, a reincarnation that includes three new tracks and two remixes that make for a great introduction but also somewhat satisfies hungry fans.

All of the songs from the original non-deluxe release are still intact except rearranged, and in the case of Same Damn Time and Neva End, remixed. These are great for those who kept the two originals on repeat but the new songs are what truly sets this apart from the original release. These songs – Jealous, First Class Flights, and My – not only make for worthy listens but encapsulate what makes him enjoyable. The commanding hooks, emphatic autotune, and splashy lyrics all come together to create an extremely entertaining song. While these new tracks along with the rest of the album build up Future as a new entity in rap music, the features are also equally impressive. They do not totally eclipse Future but come pretty close. These features are essentially a who’s who of contemporary hip-hop but also features R&B artists like Kelly Rowland and the legend R. Kelly. In only two cases – Same Damn Time Remix and I’m Trippin – is Future overpowered by Diddy and Juicy J who supplied two of the most impressive verses of 2012; Diddy showcases his wealth in what turns into an overly rich verse spouting boasts “see my ‘riding out money’ that’s your ‘buy your house’ money / I got that ‘I can build a mall’ right by your house money” while Juicy J recites his typical quips in a sped up flow that floats over the beat. Future covers the lyrical spectrum of emotion through these eighteen tracks  with some help that never becomes too overbearing.

For those who have been fans of Future have heard all of these songs and three new ones are definitely not enough. They are there simply to wet the whistle of a devoted fanbase that wants new material. This material is in the form of Superfuture, a mixtape that was intended to come out around this time but was put on the back burner so Pluto3D can get all the attention possible. On My, he starts by saying “Superfuture” which shows that this may have been originally intended for said project; if that is the case, it is an extreme tease because it can be argued that it is the best of the trio. It is more than likely Superfuture will not touch down until 2013, leaving fans with a void that only a robotic rapper can fill.

Essentially, Pluto3D is a listen that can serve as an introduction and an EP at the same damn time. New fans that were brought in after hearing Turn On The Lights on the radio or in the club will be drawn in while those that have been around since Dirty Sprite have something to hold them over. Would Future be as appealing without his trademark autotune? Who knows.  All that is known is YC is probably somewhere really mad that his CD is not on the racks like Future’s.