Live In The Cipher team reviews Future's new release Pluto. Future has been making some noise in the hip hop world with his hit single Tony Montana and he followed that up with another successful release of Magic ft T.I.. Join us tonight as we see if he can continue the roll of his previous successful releases. Take part in our interactive rating and review process, Your opinion counts on BKS1 Radio! Join the experience.
Artist Review: Future
Future (born Navyvadius Cash), is an African-American rapper from Decatur, Georgia.He was given the moniker "The Future of Rap" by his local crew, the famous Atanta hip hop collective, Dungeon Family. His cousin, producer Rico Wade of Dungeon Family, encouraged him to sharpen his writing skills and pursue music. From 2010 to early 2011, Future released a series of mixtapes including 1000, Dirty Sprite and True Story. The latter included the single "Tony Montana", on which he raps under the influence of codeine and promethazine syrup with a fake Cuban accent in an attempt to approximate the voice of the main character from the Scarface film. During this time, Future also partnered with Gucci Mane on the Free Bricks collaborative album and was the featured artist on YC's single "Racks".
Future signed a major label deal with Epic Label Group in September 2011, days before the release of his next mixtape, Streetz Calling. The mixtape was described by XXL magazine as ranging from "simple and soundly executed boasts" to "futuristic drinking and drugging jams" to "tales of the grind." Jordan Sargent of Pitchfork Media remarked that on the mixtape, Future comes "as close as anyone to perfecting this thread of ringtone pop, where singing and rapping are practically the same thing, and conversing 100% through Auto-Tune doesn't mean you still can't talk about how you used to sell drugs. It would almost feel antiquated if Future weren't amassing hits, or if he weren't bringing some subtle new dimensions to the micro-genre."
Though Future had told MTV that Streetz Calling would be his final mixtape prior to the release of his debut studio album, another mixtape, Astronaut Status, was released in January 2012. Before his album being released in April 2012. XXL's Troy Mathews wrote, "While Astronaut Status is up and down and never really hits the highs like 'Racks', 'Tony Montana', and 'Magic' that fans have come to expect from Future, it’s apparent that he’s poised to continue the buzz of 2011 humming right along into 2012."
Future was selected to the annual XXL Freshmen list in early 2012. His debut album Pluto, originally planned for January, is scheduled to be released on April 17. It will include remixes of "Tony Montana" featuring Drake and "Magic" featuring T.I.. According to Future, "'Magic' was the first record T.I. jumped on when he came outta jail. Like, he was out of jail a day and he jumped straight on the 'Magic' record without me even knowing about it." The track became Future's first single to enter the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Other collaborators on the album include R Kelly, Snoop Dogg and Trae Tha Truth.
Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr. (born September 25, 1980), better known by his stage name T.I., by his nickname Tip and by his alter ego T.I.P., is an American hip hop recording artist, film and music producer, actor and author. He is also the founder and co-chief executive officer (CEO) of Grand Hustle Records.
T.I. has released seven studio albums (I'm Serious, Trap Muzik, Urban Legend, King, T.I. vs. T.I.P., Paper Trail, and No Mercy) with the most recent five being highly successful on the commercial market. He has released such successful singles as "Bring Em Out", "What You Know", "Big Shit Poppin' (Do It)", "Swagga Like Us" (featuring Kanye West, Jay-Z and Lil Wayne), "Whatever You Like", "Live Your Life" (featuring Rihanna), "Dead and Gone" (featuring Justin Timberlake), "Got Your Back" (featuring Keri Hilson) and "That's All She Wrote" (featuring Eminem).
He has served two stints in county jail, twice for probation violations and a federal prison bid for a U.S. federal weapons charge. While serving 11 months in prison he released his seventh studio album, No Mercy. T.I. has also had a successful acting career, starring in the films Takers and ATL.
Born and raised in the Bronx, Leesa Dean attended LaGuardia HS of the Arts and Wesleyan University and has a BFA. Her underground comic book, Chilltown (Zeric Award winner for Best Indy Book), has been featured in The Source, Spin & Vibe Magazines as well as numerous national newspapers and radio. Primarily a writer, she has sold a number of television scripts—including ones to HBO producers Two Oceans Entertainment and BET—but was always "in development." Frustrated, she taught herself how to animate five years ago and, solo guerilla-style, has completed three full series: Chilltown, The Danger Squad and Lele's Sex Advice Show, all set to launch Chilltowntv.the official home of the hip-hop oriented, animated web comedy, Chilltown.
Based on the hit underground comic book and created, written and animated by Leesa Dean, it revolves around the lives and mis-adventures of three underground hip-hop heads(G, Marv and Plad) straight outta Chilltown, NJ. Added in the mix: G's wannabe mogul cousin K Deuce and Lele, K Deuce's girl. Designed, at times, to skewer pop & rap culture, many of the episodes center around the music biz. Starring comedy stars Wil Sylvince (Wayans Brothers, Chapelle Show, Patrice O'Neal), Dante Nero (Patrice O'Neal, Chappelle Show, co-host Black Phillip Show), Victor Cruz (Law & Order, Blue Bloods, Victor Cruz Radio Show), Richie Bulldog (Richie Bulldog Certified) and Gil T (HBO Def Comedy All-Star Jam, Apollo Comedy Hour, Showtime's Comedy Club), the series features original music by producer DJ Wally Pish Posh (Alicia Keys, Black Star, Basketball Wives, Hip-hop Honors.) Chilltown is rated MA for strong language.
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Special Guest: WHiiTEBOY
WHiiTEBOY, twenty-three years old and raised in the Southward of Newark New Jersey, has come a long way from the hardships associated with living in the ghetto. Blessed with an incredible lyrical ability, his music serves as a window into his soul. WHiiTEBOY laces his music with wisdom and experience, serving as a memoir of his personal struggles and triumphs. His ability to seamlessly thread inspirational concepts and stories into a song has given him recognition throughout the New Jersey scene, and worldwide.
His versatile stance on music, combined with his unbridled ambition and marketable appearance, is destined to take him far in this industry. His strong team of EiE Entertainment and Talent Source Agency ensure that failure is not an option. He has also made an appearance on the VH1 Show ICE T'S Rap School, went on the American Most Wanted tour with Cash Money Records. In addition he opened for Maino in 2011 on the Maino Hustle Hard Buzz Tour. Living by the creed, "Expression Is Everything", it is certain that the game will never be the same once influenced by WHiiTEBOY'S perspective on life and the industry.
There was a time when the term “rapper” was an instant typecast. Artists who wore that name tag were expected to walk and talk a certain way and never conform to the status quo. But now, as music sheds definitions and genre lines continue to be erased, the climate is ripe for “rappers” to redefine that job title and make the world conform to them.
Leading that charge is Winston-Salem born, globally-raised B.o.B aka Bobby Ray.
B.o.B introduced himself to the world in 2006 with his mixtape Cloud 9, and has since traveled the world, topped the charts and broken invisible barriers that the music world didn’t know existed.
Now with his sophomore album Strange Clouds, the six-time Grammy nominated rapper/songwriter is on a quest to show the fans he’s had from day one, as well as the ones he just made yesterday, that his float to the top is no fluke.
The proof is in the tracklisting where the international superstar balances duets with everyone from Lil’ Wayne on the album’s platinum title track, which landed at #1 on iTunes upon its release, to the Dr. Luke-produced “Both Of Us,” which sees B.o.B rapping opposite Taylor Swift.
Just as he proved on his Gold-certified debut album, B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Raywith his multi-platinum, breakout hits “Airplanes” featuring Haley Williams of Paramore, and “Nothing On You” featuring Bruno Mars, which was nominated for “Record Of The Year” at the 2010 Grammy Awards, B.o.B flies well with passengers.
But, it’s the solo flights on Strange Clouds that show that he is one of the greats of his time.
The Atlanta native shines on tracks like the intro “Bombs Away” where he raps “you think you know me, but you ain’t seen the half of me.” He then addresses people who think they know him and those that actually do with “Where Are You (B.o.B vs. Bobby Ray)” where he pens a narrative reminiscent of Eminem’s “Stan.”