Some might lump Atlanta’s Future in with Lil Wayne, Migos, and other current Southern rappers who make throwaway tracks for ratchets. I did at first. In fact I hated his Pluto album so much that I pitched it in the trash.
But then I heard the Karate Chop Remix and realized that Future’s sound has more in common with the Dungeon Family and Outkast than other current southern rappers. That makes sense because his cousin Rico Wade is part of Organized Noize, the crew who produced a LOT of Outkast and Goodie Mobb’s solo material and even worked on TLC’s “Waterfalls.”
As much as I dislike Auto-Tune, Future uses the pitch-shifting vocal tool tastefully, almost like vocoders in italo disco or the Talkbox on Chromeo’s tracks. The auto-tuned voice becomes an instrument instead of just an effect, rendering the songs something like like a trap version of Giorgio Miroder’s epic tunes. Forward-thinking and epic.
Future – Karate Chop (Remix)
Just ignore Lil’ Wayne’s verse on the remix above and check these other Future tracks:
Future – Turn On The Lights
Big K.R.I.T. feat. Future – Just Last Week
No one sounds like Future, but you’ll hear a lot more rappers trying to sound like him in 2014.