Future isn’t Super

Write All Nite rarely covers soundtracks.

In terms of my ever-expanding ranking of 2018 albums (see below), I think it’s unfair to pit totally original work against collections of pre-existing music, especially since the latter often come with pre-ordained quality stamps of approval; why would a movie’s music supervisor choose bad songs?

Yet much like Kendrick Lamar’s Black Panther that accompanied the Marvel bonanza earlier this year, Future’s SUPERFLY, a companion piece to the new cinematic adaptation of the classic 1972 blaxploitation flick, also consists of completely original tracks.

And that’s where the similarities end.

Black Panther wrestles with a lot of the same themes as the movie. Even though it can easily stand apart from the film on its own merits, the two almost work in tandem with each other. Their tones are both related yet differentiated, reciprocally deepening each other when put in conversation. Most of the album’s achievements can be credited to Mr. Lamar. In a rare example of truth in advertising, it doesn’t feel so much like another Kendrick album as an album curated by the master; his fingerprints are detectable everywhere. Yet he still understood when to take a back seat, letting the styles of his illustrious guests determine the identity of their individual tracks, the primary separation point from his usual solo ventures.

SUPERFLY, on the other hand, wrestles with nothing except my eardrums. It’s merely a Future album, with his customary litany of all-star features trouncing his lyrical skills in comparison.  

As for its connections to the movie, why are the blaxploitation elements of Sleepy Brown’s opener entirely forsaken afterwards? These immediately-endearing and fabulously-stylish influences could’ve EASILY been incorporated into the producing! Even Khalid and H.E.R.’s contribution, the album’s pinnacle, could be interpreted as a modern version of the songs that usually bump in the background of the sultry sex scenes that are just as much a signature of the genre. 

In short: SUPERFLY is the same old Future, take that as you will. He’s not my bag, but I’m in the minority on that one (case in point: Future’s responsible for 10 of the album’s 13 tracks….yet he’s not on my three favorites. You do the math).

In the album’s defense, perhaps it’s not right to evaluate a piece of art intended to be heard in a certain context. And since I have’t experienced that context yet, i.e. I haven’t seen the movie, I shall report back if the songs are somehow elevated when played over the images they may have been created for.

But please: don’t get your hopes up that this Future post will be any more positive. If the past is bound to repeat itself, then my history of Future apathy will bear itself out once again in the near Future…


2018 Albums, Ranked

  1. Black Panther — Kendrick Lamar
  2. Dirty Computer — Janelle Monáe
  3. DAYTONA — Kanye West & Pusha T
  4. The Color of You — Alina Baraz
  5. KIDS SEE GHOSTS — Kanye West & Kid Cudi
  6. Light of Mine — KYLE
  7. Man of the Woods — Justin Timberlake
  8. beerbongs & bentleys — Post Malone
  9. ye — Kanye West
  10. My Dear Melancholy, — The Weeknd
  11. Shawn Mendes — Shawn Mendes
  12. DAY69 — 6ix9ine
  13. SR3MM — Rae Sremmurd, Swae Lee & Slim Jxmmi
  14. Testing — A$AP Rocky
  15. ? — XXXTENTACION
  16. Culture 2 — Migos
  17. Bobby Tarantino II — Logic
  18. Vacation in Hell — Flatbush Zombies
  19. GANGIN — SOB X RBE
  20. Sex & Cigarettes — Toni Braxton
  21. Isolation — Kali Uchs
  22. D6: Reloaded — Lil Wayne
  23. KOD — J. Cole
  24. Little Dark Age — MGMT
  25. Blue Madonna — BØRNS
  26. 44/876 — Sting & Shaggy
  27. Common Ground — Above & Beyond
  28. Amen — Rich Brian
  29. Five Five — Pouya
  30. For My Fans — Fetty Wap
  31. It’s Complicated — Wale
  32. California — Diplo
  33. Punken — Maxo Kream
  34. When We (Remix) — Tank
  35. 2.23 — Blac Youngsta
  36. Invasion of Privacy — Cardi B
  37. Trapholizay — Zaytoven
  38. Cosmic — Bazzi
  39. As She Pleases — Madison Beer
  40. Life of a Dark Rose — Lil Skies
  41. Love Yourself Tear — BTS
  42. Lost & Found — Jorja Smith
  43. Ready — Ella Mai
  44. BEWARE THE BOOK OF ELI — Ski Mask the Slump God
  45. Activated — Tee Grizzley
  46. God’s Favorite Customer — Father John Misty
  47. Vibras — J Balvin
  48. By the Way, I Forgive You — Brandi Carlile
  49. The Big Pescado — Berner
  50. P2 — Dave East
  51. Camila — Camila Cabello
  52. I Like It Loud — Tiesto
  53. M A N I A — Fall Out Boy
  54. Victory Lap — Nipsey Hussle
  55. MEMORIES DON’T DIE — Tory Lanez
  56. Bless Yo Trap — Smokepurpp & Murda Beatz
  57. Reckless — NAV
  58. The Longshot — The Longshot
  59. Fate — Tammy Rivera
  60. The World is Yours — Rich the Kid
  61. Kolorblind — DJ ESCO
  62. Edgewood — Trouble & Mike WiLL Made-It
  63. Hurtin’ Me — Stefflon Don
  64. F.A.M.E. — Maluma
  65. Voicenotes — Charlie Puth
  66. Rearview Town — Jason Aldean
  67. This One’s For You Too — Luke Combs
  68. Obsessed: Hedwig and the Angry Inch — Lena Hall
  69. November — SiR
  70. The Chocolate Box — Jeremih
  71. Goodbye & Good Riddance — Juice WRLD
  72. The Vault — G-Eazy
  73. Heart Break Kodak — Kodak Black
  74. Die Lit — Playboi Carti
  75. Ottopsy — Chief Keef
  76. Lil Boat 2 — Lil Yachty
  77. Glock Bond — Key Glock
  78. Drip Season 3 — Gunna
  79. Spiritual Conversations — Mozzy
  80. SUPERFLY — Future & Co.
  81. The Play Don’t Care Who Makes It — 2 Chainz
  82. Humble Beast (Deluxe) — G Herbo
  83. Rich As In Spirit — Rich Homie Quan
  84. Pain and Pleasure — Tink
  85. Golden Hour — Kacey Musgraves
  86. Ray Ray from Summerhill — YFN Lucci
  87. Fredas Son — YFN Lucci 
  88. We Beefin? — at Wendys
  89. Dex Meets Dexter — Famous Dex
  90. Harder Than Ever — Lil Baby
  91. Age Of — Oneohtrix Point Never
  92. Just Cause Y’all Waited — Lil Durk
  93. Apart — Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson
  94. The Marina — Curren$y & Harry Fraud
  95. Sick Boy…Everybody Hates Me — The Chainsmokers 
  96. Hear No Evil — Young Thug
  97. Chained to the City — Kevin Gates
  98. Until Death Call My Name — YoungBoy Never Broke Again
  99. 2 Heartless — Moneybagg Yo
  100. Grow God — Money Man
  101. Don Talk — Don Q
  102. N****S Get Shot — Young Dolph
  103. Rich Hood — HoodRich Pablo Juan
  104. The Leek 4 — Chief Keef

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