I Never Liked You| Future
I Never Liked You
I Never Liked You (stylized in all caps) is the ninth studio album by American rapper Future. It was released on April 29, 2022, by Freebandz and Epic Records. The production on the album was handled by multiple producers including ATL Jacob, FnZ, Southside, Taurus, TM88, and Wheezy, among others. The album features guest appearances from Kanye West, Gunna, Young Thug, Drake, Tems, EST Gee, and Kodak Black. The deluxe edition was released three days later on May 2, 2022, with additional guest appearances from Babyface Ray, 42 Dugg, Lil Baby, Lil Durk, and Young Scooter. -Wikipedia
Stymied by formulaic collaborations and unmemorable beats, the rapper’s latest has the ingredients of a really good Future album but lacks the depth of one.
In short, I Never Liked You was an emotional rollercoaster, to say the least – going from actually sympathizing with the king of toxicity to wanting to ball out on a Hermès I know I can't afford in his honor. Ah, you gotta love Future's wild-ride album experiences. And it's safe to say the Pluto fans are indeed here for the new album and its vibe too because internet reactions never lie (and are never not hilarious).
The pioneer – along with an all-star cast including Drake and Ye – puts his melodies and robotic croon to good use on his impressive ninth studio album.
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I Never Liked You offers room for both parts of his artistry to co-exist with one another but it also comes with a shallow surface. While Future’s seemingly embraced the online persona that his fans have created for him, it’s also a crutch that has led to few stimulating moments on his latest album. The lack of artistic and personal growth on I Never Liked You prevents the album from feeling like a proper breath of fresh air, which is particularly unfortunate after a two-year hiatus. Still, even when he doesn’t sound inspired, Future proves that he can still produce an album better than most.
His new LP won’t rank among his best, but it has a compositional sweep often absent from his work.
The punk-edge, the disrespect for norms that pushed Future’s unabashed style to the forefront in that 2014 – 2016 period feels stunted here, on an album that feels crowded out by his own catalogue. It’s not a bad record – the highs more than justify your entrance – but with a rumoured follow up on the way, perhaps it’s time for Future to break a few of his own rules once more.
Longevity in the game is a feat that deserves its flowers. Future has survived years of changing trends and styles, partially because his initial music was so influential and ahead of its time. But now, the consistency has turned into complacency, leaving the creative well dry.
The added songs accentuate the way I Never Liked You’s gestures toward prestige can be restrictive, its Drake verses albatrosses, its very title a concession to shtick. They remind that a return to the vacuum, away from the spotlight, can be all it takes to coax out of Future his most interesting ideas.
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Future’s “I NEVER LIKED YOU” demonstrates his dominance as an artist.
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