FUTURE at Sound Academy, Friday, July 11. Rating: NNNN
Taking the Sound Academy stage on Friday night clad in a dark biker jacket, crisp white tank top, black pants and white shoes, a super-polished Future looked very much the burgeoning superstar he has become in the last three years.
The Atlanta singer/rapper wasted no time cycling through hits from his oeuvre (which includes two full-lengths and several mixtapes), including Karate Chop, Gone To The Moon and Tony Montana, performing each with fervor. And while his run as rap's go-to feature guy is well-documented, hearing the hits stacked back to back (to back) reminded everyone of the depth and strength of his catalogue.
In interviews, Future's a very laid-back dude. Onstage, his stage banter was almost comically banal ("Make some noise if you were born in Canada," felt particularly groan-worthy). Still, he made up for it with tightly controlled intensity and slightly mysterious magnetism during hits like Itchin', Covered N Money and Bugatti. Plus, his singing was solid: his croaky pipes have taken on a life of their own - fragile, but dependable.
The affecting slow jam Turn On The Lights was the emotional highlight, turning the venue into a cathartic singalong with pockets of swooning fanboys and just as many wide-eyed young women.